Category Archives: News Worth Noting

News Worth Noting: Opposition to AB 1390 (Groundwater Adjudication); Carlsbad desal project completes pipeline, on track to deliver water this fall; Mountain Counties regional report goes to the capitol

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Legal comments: Opposition to AB 1390 (Groundwater Adjudication):  Richard Zimmer, attorney who has spent 15 years litigating the Santa Maria and Antelope Valley groundwater adjudication cases, opposes AB 1390 and explains why in this letter to Senator Pavley: ” … A bill streamlining litigation of groundwater rights must be simple to implement, consistent with procedural laws, retain the scientific and […]

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News Worth Noting: House drought legislation praised by Central Valley water agencies, Winnemem Wintu and allies to protest at Governor’s water summit, Reclamation District 17 levees, Pyramid Lake algal blooms, new federal drought center

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House bill introduction praised by Central Valley water agencies:  “Yesterday’s introduction of H.R. 2898, the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015 is welcomed news for the people of the parched State of California and the Central Valley. Authored by Congressman David Valadao (CA-21), the bill is a regional, collaborative, and bi-partisan effort that will ease the water […]

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News Worth Noting: State Water Board sends reminder letter regarding filing curtailment certification form; American River and Nimbus hatcheries evacuated; CA Supreme Court to review groundwater pumping fees case; Refuge Water Management Plans; Drought Forum Report; State of the Trout 2015

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State Water Board sends reminder letter to water rights holders who have been issued curtailment notices but have not yet filed their curtailment certification form: “On June 25, 2015, the State Water Board issued an email notification to our Drought subscribers informing them that some curtailed parties have not yet submitted a curtailment certification form. All parties in receipt of […]

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News Worth Noting: Friends of the River says federal agencies negotiating secret settlement with Westlands; Vilsack announces $150 Million for California headwaters, drought relief; Court denies request for injunction against drought barrier; Water-energy conservation grants awarded

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Friends of the River: Federal Agencies Negotiating Secret Settlement with Westlands Water District: River Group Says Public NEPA and Other Federal Public Processes Required: “The Department of Justice and Department of the Interior have been negotiating a proposed settlement of drainage and water issues with Westlands Water District in secret. The proposed settlement would tie the hands of federal agencies, […]

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News Worth Noting: Legal analysis of SB88 – Measure passed would allow forced consolidation of water suppliers, large civil fines; Temporary Urgency Change Petition filed to modify dissolved oxygen requirements on the Stanislaus River

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Legal analysis: Drought bill to combat drought passes legislature, Measure would allow forced consolidation of water suppliers & large civil fines:  “The California Legislature approved a budget bill that would grant the state authority to force water systems to consolidate to serve disadvantaged communities where a steady supply of clean drinking water is not available. Senate Bill 88 also would […]

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News Worth Noting: Reclamation and USFWS Announce the Availability of $2.1 Million in Grants to Help Imperiled Species; Emergency fishery closure evaluation procedure adopted

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Reclamation and USFWS Announce the Availability of $2.1 Million in Grants to Help Imperiled Species: “The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announce the availability of approximately $2.1 million in grants to improve conditions for federally-imperiled species and their habitats impacted by the federal Central Valley Project. The CVP, owned and operated by Reclamation, is one […]

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News Worth Noting: State Water Board presents Safe Drinking Water Plan to legislature; LAO Report on 2015-16 budget; Fisheries restoration grant deadline extended

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State Water Board presents Safe Drinking Water Plan to legislature: “The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) shared its blueprint for supplying safe drinking water to all Californians with the delivery of the Safe Drinking Water Plan to the State Legislature this week.  The Safe Drinking Water Plan for California focuses on how the State Water Board proposes […]

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News Worth Noting: LA DWP commissions the West’s largest underground drinking water reservoir; Weekly Water and Climate Update; Conservation champion Cay Goude retires

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LA DWP commissions the West’s largest underground drinking water reservoir: “The Honorable Councilmember Tom LaBonge of the 4th District, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, along with Federal, and State officials dedicated the Headworks East Reservoir today, part of the massive underground infrastructure complex being built adjacent to the 134 & 5 Freeways. This multi-year construction project, located […]

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News Worth Noting: Golden Gate Salmon Association responds to Sacto River temp plan; Final Enviro Docs for transfer between CCWD and Byron Bethany Irrigation District; $6.5 million from feds for drought relief, NOAA 2014 Drought Service Assessment

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Golden Gate Salmon Association responds to Sacramento River temperature plan & Shasta operations: John Mc Manus says, “Federal officials admit their actions killed a generation of winter run salmon last year but so far have said little to nothing about the generation of commercially valuable fall run salmon that also died last year. Nor does their current announcement address the […]

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News Worth Noting: Rep. Valadao presses US Fish and Wildlife Service on Delta smelt; Notice of Intent to Prepare Recirculated Draft EIR/SDEIS of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan; Guidelines for water recycling funding; LA stormwater framework

Rep. Valadao presses US Fish and Wildlife Service on Delta smelt:  “On Tuesday, June 16, 2015, during the House Appropriations Committee Markup of the 2016 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill, Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) introduced an Amendment to hold the United States Fish and Wildlife Service accountable.  For more than a decade, the Delta Smelt has been listed as […]

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