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This just in … State Water Board Approves Voluntary Cutback Program for Delta Riparian Water Rights

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From the State Water Resources Control Board: Today the State Water Resources Control Board approved a proposal from riparian water right holders in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to voluntarily cut back water use in exchange for assurances they would not face further riparian curtailment during the June-September growing season. “This proposal helps Delta growers manage the risk of potentially […]

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Daily Digest: Mandatory usage cuts loom for even those with senior water rights; Delta farmers hear more about water cuts; Water shutoffs and shortages imperil ag in San Joaquin Valley, Data farming and more …

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In California water news today, Mandatory usage cuts loom even for those with senior water rights, Drought-ridden California faces decision on new water cuts, Farmers hear more about water cuts, Water shutoffs, shortages imperil ag in the San Joaquin Valley, California faces a tough test to tame its unquenchable thirst for water, Water worries: Is supply or management the issue?, […]

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The impact of new regulations on water rights in California

A view from Daou Vineyards at sunrise looking towards the valley in Paso Robles, Calif. on April 28th, 2015.

An overview of how new reporting requirements, frost protection regulations, water curtailments, and some pending litigation could affect water rights Earlier this year, the U.C. Davis Viticulture & Enology Department held a one-day seminar  on Changing Water Regulations and the Impact on Vineyard Management in California which touched on several topics of interest to small- and mid-sized growers. One of […]

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Friday Flashback: Making every drop count: The future of water storage in California

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With $2.7 billion soon to be available from Prop 1, panel discusses how best to spend the available dollars and how to integrate new storage projects into the state’s overall water system From the archives of Maven’s Notebook: Originally published on February 23, 2015 Last November, voters approved Proposition 1, which allocated $2.7 billion to pay for public benefits of […]

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News Worth Noting: Wildlife Conservation Board funds environmental improvement and acquisition projects, New maps reveal sea floor off San Francisco area, State mandates & desalination factor into San Diego County Water Authority’s rate increase for 2016

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Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Environmental Improvement and Acquisition Projects:  “At its May 21 quarterly meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $17.8 million in grants to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat throughout California. Some of the 19 funded projects will benefit fish and wildlife – including some endangered species – while others will provide the public […]

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Daily Digest: Regulators to order farmers to stop pumping from San Joaquin River, Oil wastewater dumped into shallow Central Valley wells, CA house bill in the works could portend wider Western drought legislation, Drought leaves no water to combat salmon-killing parasite, and more …

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In California water news today, Regulators to order farmers to stop pumping from San Joaquin River, Farmers offer to give up some water, avoid cuts, California water agency relies on flawed system to track use, Oil wastewater dumped into shallow Central Valley wells, California house bill in the works could portend wider Western drought legislation, Drought leaves no water to […]

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Science news and reports: Raising groundwater levels keep Santa Clara Valley from sinking, The challenges of EDNA detection, Land use changes greater threat to biodiversity than climate change, and more …

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In science news this week: Raising groundwater keeps valleys from sinking: Santa Clara Valley, The challenges of EDNA detection, The Mission blue butterfly flies again on Twin Peaks, thanks to a dedicated six year relocation project, Nesting season begins for threatened and endangered shorebirds along the California coast, Changes in land use pose greater threat to biodiversity than climate change, […]

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News Worth Noting: ACWA presents recommendations on water storage investments, Secretary Jewell announces $50 Million to help conserve water in drought-stricken West, Drought barrier construction requires Delta detours

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ACWA presents recommendations on water storage investments:  “Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Executive Director Timothy Quinn today presented the California Water Commission (CWC) with recommendations for investing in water storage projects to meet the state’s water needs. The recommendations, contained in a policy document approved by the ACWA Board of Directors this spring, are intended to help inform and […]

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Daily Digest, early edition: Delta farmers propose voluntary cuts, Oil regulators could lose control over aquifer mess, Victorious San Juan Capistrano water users want a refund, and more, plus what’s on webcast today …

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In California water news today, Delta farmers propose voluntary cuts, Tough choice for Delta farmers, Stanford professor developing water usage model that could help California meet conservation goals, California oil regulators could lose control over aquifer mess, Victorious San Juan Capistrano water users want a refund, New guidelines approved for emergency drought relief funds, Put water in the bank: a […]

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Jay Lund: Water storage and drought in California agriculture

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Dr. Jay Lund reviews water storage in California:  Changing patterns and reasons for hope Earlier this year, the U.C. Davis Viticulture & Enology Department held a one-day seminar  on Changing Water Regulations and the Impact on Vineyard Management in California which touched on several topics of interest to small- and mid-sized growers. One of the speakers was Dr. Jay Lund […]

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