News Worth Noting: Lawmakers demand flexibility in Delta pumping req’ments; State Water Board seeks comment on new ag water quality req’ments; Updated fact sheets for emerg water conservation reg; Drought’s impact on electricity generation

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State lawmakers demand flexibility in Delta pumping requirements From the website of Assemblymember Frank Bigelow: Today, Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, R-O’Neals, and 15 of his colleagues in the California State Assembly sent a letter to the State Water Resources Control Board, Bureau of Reclamation, California Natural Resources Agency, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service calling for increased flexibility to deliver […]

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News Worth Noting: Meral-backed water bond initiative deferred to Nov 2018 ballot; Releases to increase into the Lower American River for storage management; Draft proposed response to petitions on E. San Joaquin Ag Waste Discharge Requirements

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Meral-backed water bond initiative deferred to November 2018 ballot From Jerry Meral at the Natural Heritage Institute: We have decided to defer our water bond initiative to the November, 2018 ballot. There are several reasons for this decision. The Legislative leadership has expressed an interest in natural resources bonds, and we are committed to working with them to place a […]

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News Worth Noting: LAO report on the State’s drought response and budget proposals; Governor announces reappointments to SWRCB & CVFPB; Final enviro docs for SJRRP projects; New water conservation reg and desal

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The 2016-2017 budget: The State’s drought response From the Legislative Analyst’s Office:  Despite welcome storms early this winter, statewide drought conditions appear far from over. This report (1) describes the current drought and its impacts across the state, (2) summarizes the state’s drought response appropriations and activities thus far, (3) assesses the Governor’s drought-related budget proposals for 2016-17, and (4) […]

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News Worth Noting: Enviro docs for Sacramento Valley 2016 CVP water transfers; Enviro docs for recirculated San Joaquin River restoration flows; Weekly National Water and Climate Update

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Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents on 2016 CVP Water Transfers in Sacramento Valley for Public Comment From the Bureau of Reclamation: The Bureau of Reclamation and the Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority (TCCA) have released for public comment an Environmental Assessment/Initial Study (EA/IS) and draft Mitigated Negative Declaration on the effects of proposed water transfers from willing sellers to buyers in the Sacramento […]

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News Worth Noting: Assemblymember Dodd introduces bill to create more robust water market; Congressman Huffman applauds Klamath Act, Enviro docs for Sacramento Valley accelerated water transfer program; Truckee River basin study

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Assemblymember Bill Dodd seeks to improve reliability of State Water Project supplies with new bill From Assemblymember Bill Dodd’s office: Assemblymember Bill Dodd (D-Napa) introduced new legislation that would help create a more robust water market and improve the ability of the state to meet the growing demand for water supply reliability and healthy ecosystems. The bill, known as the […]

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News Worth Noting: Parties agree to new path to advance Klamath Agreement; USFWS awards $5 million in grants to conserve coastal wetlands; Jackson Family Wines and “Russian River Salmonid Life Support Team” receive award; LAO’s Prop 1 handout

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Parties agree to new path to advance Klamath Agreement Agreement-in-Principle Explores Process through Federal Energy Regulatory Commission From the California Natural Resources Agency: Today, the States of Oregon and California, PacifiCorp and the federal government – through the U.S. Departments of the Interior and Commerce – announced an agreement-in-principle to move forward with amending the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA). […]

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Morning news alert: PPIC Report: Improving the Federal Response to Western Drought: Five Areas for Reform

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From the Public Policy Institute of California: The federal government should leverage its “carrot-and-stick” powers to help resolve long-standing conflicts in the American West that are increasing regional and local vulnerability to drought. This is among the key recommendations to improve federal drought management made by the PPIC Water Policy Center in a report released today. Federal intervention could reduce […]

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News Worth Noting: California Water Commission calls for concept papers on potential water storage projects; Funding Now Available for Fisheries Restoration Projects in Central Valley

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California Water Commission calls for concept papers on potential water storage projects From the California Water Commission: In November 2014, California voters passed Proposition 1, which dedicated $2.7 billion for investment in the public benefits of water storage projects and designated the California Water Commission (Commission) as the agency responsible for allocating these funds. The Commission is calling upon potential […]

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News Worth Noting: Draft Environmental Document for Salmon Conservation and Research Facility Water Supply Infrastructure Project; USDA Seeks Proposals for Market-Based Wetland Protection Systems; Weekly Water and Climate Update

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Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Document for Salmon Conservation and Research Facility Water Supply Infrastructure Project From the Bureau of Reclamation: The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment for a project to amend an existing 35 cubic feet per second (cfs) water service contract to provide the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) with […]

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News Worth Noting, Delta tunnels edition: DWR Director Cowin statement on Cal Water Fix hearings; Water losses eclipse gains from winter storms; New PPIC Report says California Water Fix “would improve water supply reliability

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Department of Water Resources Director Mark W. Cowin on the State Water Resources Control Board pre-hearing conference today on the DWR and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation petition requesting changes in water rights for the California WaterFix From the Department of Water Resources: “We welcome the Water Board’s hearing process and expect a thorough vetting of concerns about our proposal to […]

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