Category Archives: News Worth Noting

News Worth Noting: Wildlife Conservation Board funds enviro improvement and acquisition projects; Camp Meeker Water District releasing water to save salmon; CRS Report on Hydraulic Fracturing

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Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Environmental Improvement and Acquisition Projects: “At its Sept. 3 quarterly meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $31 million in grants to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat throughout California. Some of the 27 funded projects will benefit fish and wildlife – including some endangered species – while others will provide the public […]

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News Worth Noting: Sierra Nevada Watershed Protection Week; NOAA drought video; Paso Robles quiet title suit; New Salton Sea official appointed; Penalty for Tuolumne County water purveyor

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Third week of September marked as Sierra Nevada Watershed Protection Week:  “The region that provides more than 60 percent of California’s developed water supply received special attention in Sacramento today. Assembly Member Brian Dahle (R – Bieber) authored Assembly Concurrent Resolution 22 which establishes the third week of September as “Sierra Nevada Watershed Protection Week.” The measure passed both houses […]

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News Worth Noting: Imagine H2O launches inaugural Water Policy Challenge; DISB seeks comments on adaptive management report; Urban conservation compliance info; Drought preparedness bills; DWR planning grants guidelines; CEQA guidelines amendments

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Imagine H2O launches inaugural Water Policy Challenge with $25,000 prize:  “Imagine H2OTM, the leading accelerator for water innovation, today announced its 2015 California Water Policy Challenge. The Challenge aims to identify policy approaches that help California’s cities, farms and industries deploy water technologies. The winning entry will receive up to $25,000 in support.  According to a recent UC Davis study, […]

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News Worth Noting: Republican Assemblymembers formally request special session on water; Groundwater adjudication legislation moves forward; Sustainable Groundwater Planning Grant Program Draft Guidelines and PSP; New infographics from SoCal Water Committee

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Republican Assemblymembers formally request special session on water: “Republican Assemblymembers Bill Brough (R-Dana Point), James Gallagher (R- Nicolaus), Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) and Devon Mathis (R-Visalia) today delivered a formal request to Governor Brown calling for the immediate establishment of a special legislative session to address California’s continuing water crisis as well as ongoing state actions that have failed to deliver […]

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News Worth Noting: Climate scientists, policymakers to gather to address climate change; DWR releases report on climate change adaptation; Metropolitan turns to digital radio with Pandora, Uforia to encourage water savings

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Climate Scientists, Policymakers to Gather with Far-Reaching Goal:  Adapting to Meet the Challenges of California’s Changing Climate:  “Future generations of Californians likely will experience rising seas, longer droughts, less snowpack, higher temperatures and earlier snowmelt – all outcomes of climate change that already are underway and projected to continue. Preparing for a future that will stress California’s vulnerable resources will […]

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News Worth Noting: State Water Board schedules hearing for Bryon Bethany Irrigation District; Legal alert: Draft Basin Boundary Regulations Released by DWR; NOAA video on efforts to protecting salmon during drought

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State Water Board schedules hearing for Bryon Bethany Irrigation District:  “Attached is a Notice of Public Hearing to determine whether to impose Administrative Civil Liability against Byron-Bethany Irrigation District Intake Channel to the Banks Pumping Plant (formerly Italian Slough) in Contra Costa County.  The Pre-Hearing Conference is scheduled for September 25, 2015. The Hearing is scheduled for October 28, 29 […]

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News Worth Noting: CA Water Fix releases fact sheet about parcels potentially impacted by Delta tunnels project; Experts examine whether tunnel proposal is good for state; Draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan regs; Metropolitan Water District Board increases by 1

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California Water Fix releases fact sheet about parcels potentially impacted by tunnels project: “Current estimates based on draft analyses: The development of preliminary plans for property acquisition is part of every major infrastructure project.  No final decisions have been made in selecting an alternative; those decisions will only occur after the completion of the CEQA and NEPA processes. … There […]

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News Worth Noting: State Climatologist says do not count on El Niño to end drought; SLDMA says Bureau poised to dump 27 billion gallons of water; $16 million in grants for endangered species conservation; San Joaquin hatchery evacuated

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California State Climatologist: Do Not Count on El Niño to End Drought:  “State Climatologist Michael Anderson issued the following statement on potential El Niño conditions:  “California cannot count on potential El Niño conditions to halt or reverse drought conditions.  Historical weather data shows us that at best, there is a 50/50 chance of having a wetter winter. Unfortunately, due to […]

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News Worth Noting: DWR announces $30 Million in rebates to replace old toilets and turf; Trinity River flows to increase for tribal ceremony; Meeting on Merced River closure

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State announces $30 Million in rebates to help replace old toilets and turf: “The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced two new rebate programs to help Californians replace inefficient toilets and tear out water-guzzling lawns, further conserving water during the state’s historic drought.  The “turf and toilet” rebate program is financed by the Proposition 1 water bond approved […]

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News Worth Noting: Judge Rules State Must Do Much More to Curb Agricultural Pollution; Central Valley Water Board Starts Public Comment Period for Pot Cultivation; Sacto Water Forum wins national award; SWAMP Guidelines for Cyanotoxin Analysis

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Judge Rules State Must Do Much More to Curb Agricultural Pollution: “Today, Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley ruled that California is not doing enough to curb the witch’s brew of pollution pouring from California farms. Judge Frawley ordered the State and Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board to create new rules protecting human health and the environment, surface and […]

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