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News Worth Noting, legal edition: California appellate court hands down two rulings on groundwater pumping fees, Federal District Court finds tribes rights extend to groundwater

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Two California appellate court rulings demonstrate groundwater pumping fees are in the eyes of the beholder:  “Two California Appellate Court decisions handed down this month address whether or not a local water agency’s groundwater pumping charges are property-related fees, and reach different conclusions. The distinction is important because of the restrictions imposed for property-related fees under Proposition 218 — as […]

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News Worth Noting: DWR Announces Draft Funding Recommendations for Grants to Save Water and Energy; Eastern San Joaquin Watershed Landowners Face Proposed Fines for Discharging Irrigated Land Waste Without a Permit

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DWR Announces Draft Funding Recommendations for Grants to Save Water and Energy: “Strengthening California’s response to drought and long-term climate change, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced draft recommendations for the award of $19 million to 15 entities for projects that save both water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  After a month-long public comment period, the Department […]

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News Worth Noting: Environmental Enhancement & Mitigation grants awarded, CA Tribes receive $$ for conservation work, Groundwater governance in the US, Weekly water and climate report

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Natural Resources Agency Announces Awards for the Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Grant Program:  “The California Natural Resources Agency today announced $16.2 million in funding for 35 Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program (EEM) projects statewide. EEM provides grants to local, state and federal governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations for projects to mitigate environmental impacts caused by new or modified state transportation […]

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News Worth Noting: Refuge for Delta smelt newly funded, Research on marijuana’s effect on environment, Damages phase of MWD-SDCWA trial to start, Climate change and Central Valley grasslands

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Refuge for Delta smelt newly funded:  “Delta smelt are hard to find. Federally listed as threatened in 1993 and as endangered under the California Endangered Species Act in 2009, they are an iconic species for water issues in the state. But there’s one place where the fish can be found by the thousands — the Fish Conservation and Culture Laboratory […]

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News Worth Noting: Enviro docs for zebra mussel eradication project at San Justo, BP underground storage tanks banned from reimbursement, winter ends with little snowpack over the west

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Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for the Proposed Zebra Mussel Eradication Project at San Justo Reservoir: “Reclamation has released for public review environmental documents for the proposed zebra mussel eradication project for San Justo Reservoir, the Hollister Conduit and the San Benito County Water District’s distribution system. The proposed treatment is to use potash which has been shown to be […]

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News Worth Noting: Poll says 82% support conservation regardless of drought, $8.7 for SF Bay habitat restoration, Report: Drought increases energy costs & GHGs, Red Bluff Pumping Plant receives award, more

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82 Percent of Californians Say Residents Should Conserve Water – Drought or No Drought, Poll Shows: “As California enters a fourth year of drought, a new statewide poll reveals that the vast majority of Californians – some 90 percent – are willing to make significant changes to conserve water both inside and out, and more than 80 percent believe it’s […]

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News Worth Noting: Drought and low storage levels cause Metropolitan to close Diamond Valley boat ramp, UC tackles new water-related research, CA utilities encourage consumers to Chase Water Waste this week

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Drought and low storage levels cause Metropolitan to close Diamond Valley boat ramp on April 15: “The serious need for water conservation throughout Southern California due to the statewide drought was underscored today as the Metropolitan Water District announced plans to indefinitely suspend private boat launches at the region’s largest reservoir at the close of business April 15 because of […]

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News Worth Noting: DWR releases draft strategic plan for groundwater act implementation; Proposed rulemaking Mill, Deer, and Antelope Creeks, Prop 84 IRWM grant solicitations, McClellan AFB cleanup, RWA urges continued conservation

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DWR Releases Draft Strategic Plan for Implementing Historic Groundwater Laws for Public Comment:  “The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) seeks public input on a draft strategic plan for its role in carrying out the historic sustainable groundwater laws enacted last fall by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.  The draft plan describes DWR’s responsibilities and vision for carrying out the […]

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News Worth Noting: State Water Board posts proposed emerg regulations for Info Orders & Mill-Deer-Antelope Creek flows; Public comments on drought barriers, BDCP public comments posted, Weekly Water and Climate Report, and more …

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Proposed Emergency Regulation for an Information Order Regulation During the Drought Emergency: Next Tuesday, the State Water Board is scheduled to consider a proposed Resolution amending and readopting a drought emergency regulation regarding Informational Orders.  More documents pertaining to the order were posted yesterday: Click here for the Notice of Proposed Emergency Rulemaking.  Click here for the Informational Order Emergency […]

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News Worth Noting: Gov. Brown announces appts to the Water Commission, Reclamation Releases Draft Enviro Docs for Westlands WD-San Luis Canal Pump-In Program, Happy Birthday, National Wildlife Refuge System

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Governor Brown announces appointments to the California Water Commission:  Governor Brown has reappointed Jose Del Bosque to the Commission, and added new members Paula Daniels of Los Angeles and Maria Herrera from Visalia.  All appointments require Senate confirmation.  Click here to read the press release.   Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for Westlands Water District San Luis Canal Pump-In Program: […]

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