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News Worth Noting: Bay + Delta + Water: Better Together conference report; CA Water Quality Monitoring Council Triennial Audit; Sacramento River bank erosion repair program; Groundwater and Friant-Kern Canal

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Bay + Delta + Water: Better Together conference report now available:  Friends of the San Francisco Estuary has released a conference report summarizing September’s Bay + Delta + Water: Better Together conference including outcomes and analysis from the conference proceedings, as well as identifying priority actions. The 4-page report, attachments, and additional conference materials are available at the Friends of […]

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News Worth Noting: Kate Poole comments on 9th Circuit Court decision, Final docs for temporary aqueduct pumping facilities, Central Valley landowners fined

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Kate Poole, Litigation Director for NRDC’s water program, comments on the 9th Circuit Court’s opinion fully upholding endangered species protections for salmon:  “Thousands of people rely on California’s salmon runs to support themselves and their families. Chinook salmon and steelhead are on the brink of extinction, and this ruling is critical for their continued survival.  Today’s decision doesn’t change operations […]

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More News Worth Noting: Fish Kill Caused by Drainage Canals Near Davis, UC Merced awarded competitive grants for water and solar research

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Fish Kill Caused by Drainage Canals Near Davis: “Over 60 adult salmon were found dead recently in a drainage canal in the Yolo Bypass. The dead salmon, weighing between 5 and 30 pounds, were scattered along the banks and in the water. Link to more photos of the fish kill. The cause of death was not immediately known but the […]

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News Worth Noting: Lindsey slough restoration project, 100 years of CA water rights system, tipping points for sea level rise-related flooding

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CDFW Completes Drought Related Restoration Project at Lindsey Slough, Solano County: “The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) recently completed an important watershed project for the benefit of fish and wildlife impacted by the state’s historic drought. The Lindsey Slough Restoration Project in Solano County was completed at Calhoun Cut Ecological Reserve in November.  The entire project included excavation […]

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News Worth Noting: UC Davis to help in effort to study effects of climate change on ecosystems; EPA announces 2014 annual environmental enforcement results; Weekly Weather and Climate Update

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UC Davis to help in UC effort to study effects of climate change on ecosystems: “Researchers at the University of California, Davis, working with colleagues at the other UC campuses, have developed an ambitious plan to use the UC Natural Reserve System to detect and forecast the ecological impacts of climate change in California.  The team’s proposal to establish a […]

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News Worth Noting: NASA Analysis: 11 Trillion Gallons to Replenish California Drought Losses, California Air Resources Board to Prepare a Mid-Term Scoping Plan Update Incorporating Agriculture and Water, EPA celebrates 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act

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NASA Analysis: 11 Trillion Gallons to Replenish California Drought Losses: “It will take about 11 trillion gallons of water (42 cubic kilometers) — around 1.5 times the maximum volume of the largest U.S. reservoir — to recover from California’s continuing drought, according to a new analysis of NASA satellite data. The finding was part of a sobering update on the […]

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News Worth Noting: Delta pumping slowed to protect smelt, Michael George to be new Delta Watermaster, Dutch Slough Tidal Marsh Project, Southern California water conservation infographic

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Delta Pumping Slowed to Avoid Drawing Smelt toward Pumps: “To reduce the near-term risk to delta smelt and longfin smelt, and to head off potentially more severe cutbacks in water diversions this winter, the operators of the State Water Project and Central Valley Project will slow the rate at which they are pumping storm runoff from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.  […]

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News Worth Noting: Drought, not fisheries protections behind low Delta exports; Cloudy water, even if it’s safe, affects rural immigrants’ health; Black Butte Dam, American River trout hatchery, CVP M&I shortage policy

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Congressional Reps Get It Wrong: CA Drought Primary Cause Behind Low Delta Exports, Not Delta Fisheries Protections: “Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom salmon and other Pacific fisheries, along with researchers from California Water Research of Santa Cruz, announced today that federal biologists’ findings demonstrate that […]

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News Worth Noting: Metropolitan revises supply allocation plan, fast drought facts, and new report on water governance and climate change

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Gearing up for more drought, Metroplitan board revises supply allocation plan, adds $40 million to rebate program: “In response to California’s record drought, Metropolitan Water District’s Board of Directors today revised the district’s region-wide, water allocation plan and added $40 million to its conservation rebate budget to keep pace with unparalleled public demand.  The adjusted allocation plan distributes Metropolitan’s imported […]

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News Worth Noting: USGS releases drought visualization website, Water hyacinth mechanical harvesting begins in the Delta, Delta recreation survey, ACWA awards

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Data-driven insights on the California drought: USGS Releases Drought Visualization Website:  “A newly released interactive California Drought visualization website aims to provide the public with atlas-like, state-wide coverage of the drought and a timeline of its impacts on water resources.  The U.S. Geological Survey developed the interactive website as part of the federal government’s Open Water Data Initiative. The drought […]

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