Category Archives: News Worth Noting

News Worth Noting: Feinstein & Boxer introduce legislation to restore SF Bay, Sites Reservoir legislation reintroduced, CA Precipitation Summary, Ocean salmon season, Drought conference, Weekly Water and Climate Update

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Senators Feinstein & Boxer introduce legislation to help restore the San Francisco Bay:  “U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer (both D-Calif.) today introduced the San Francisco Bay Restoration Act, which seeks to implement wetlands and habitat restoration projects to improve the water quality in the San Francisco Bay, the largest estuary on the west coast.  The bill amends the […]

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News Worth Noting: New website for groundwater legislation info, DFW Restoration grant program guidelines now available, Low flow conditions in coastal streams, DWR wins climate leadership award

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New state website for information on the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act:  “California Groundwater, www.groundwater.ca.gov, is the State of California’s website for news and information on implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. Check frequently for updates, announcements and the latest “GAB,” a Groundwater Act Blog that will feature guest posts on groundwater issues and groundwater success stories. We’re on twitter […]

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News Worth Noting: San Joaquin River Restoration Program to Release Juvenile Spring-run Chinook Salmon into the San Joaquin River, Russian River Growers Join Water Demand Management Programs for Frost Protection Diversions, The Delta Science Program posts Environmental Data Summit white paper for public comment

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San Joaquin River Restoration Program to Release Juvenile Spring-run Chinook Salmon into the San Joaquin River: “On February 26, the San Joaquin River Restoration Program will release approximately 54,000 hatchery-produced juvenile spring-run Chinook salmon into the San Joaquin River. The release effort will provide an opportunity to carry out fisheries studies while contributing to the long-term reintroduction of spring-run Chinook […]

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News Worth Noting: Senator Galgiani appointed to the Delta Protection Commission, Public comment period extended for emergency drought barriers, Lawsuit challenges feds’ failure to assess impacts of pesticides on Delta smelt, Senator Wolk receives Clean Water Action award

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Public Comment Period Extended for Emergency Drought Barriers: “The California Department of Water Resources has extended from February 25 to March 18 the public comment period on its analysis of the effects of temporary emergency drought barriers in three channels of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.  Last month, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) submitted an application to the U.S. […]

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News Worth Noting: Reclamation Announces Funding for Bay Delta Restoration Program Grants, Assemblyman Gallagher introduces legislation to help expedite water storage projects, Weekly Water and Climate Update

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Reclamation Announces Funding for Bay Delta Restoration Program Grants:  “The Bureau of Reclamation today announces the availability of an additional $5 million for award under the CALFED Bay-Delta Program: CALFED Water Use Efficiency Grants and the Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Grants Fostering District/Farmer Partnerships. Under the Funding Opportunity Announcement, a maximum of $8 million is available. The federal funding […]

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News Worth Noting: New PPIC publication on water, EBMUD teaches customers how to keep up with the water saving Jonses, and Huffman reintroduces bill to modernize Army Corps reservoir operations

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California’s Future: Water:  The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) has released a multi-topic publication highlights California’s most pressing long-term policy challenges in 11 key areas, one of them being water.  The PPIC notes that California has made progress on water management, but population growth and climate change are likely to intensify the challenges and solutions will require difficult and […]

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News Worth Noting: Secretary Jewell announces $50 million for drought response, streamlined process for drinking water funds, Enviro docs for San Joaquin River salmon trap and haul study, New report on climate change and reservoir evaporation

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Secretary Jewell announces $50 million for drought response:  “Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that the Bureau of Reclamation is making $50 million in funds available immediately for drought relief projects throughout the West —including nearly $20 million for California’s Central Valley Project.  “California’s ongoing drought is wreaking havoc on farmers, ranchers, municipalities, tribes and the environment,” said […]

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News Worth Noting: Kern County Water Agency reacts to State Water Board TUCP decision, Restore the Delta on the treasurer’s BDCP report, Groundwater regulation on the rise, California Water Action Plan Implementation Report

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Kern County Water Agency reacts to State Water Resources Control Board decision: “Yesterday, the Executive Director of the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) approved parts of the Temporary Urgency Change Petition filed by the California Department of Water Resources and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, but denied a provision of the Temporary Urgency Change Petition that allowed increased pumping […]

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News Worth Noting: Save Our Water updates the State Water Board; Golden Gate Salmon Assn warns Delta pumping imperils salmon; Draft regulations changes for scientific collection permits, $141 million for Central Valley projects, more …

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Save Our Water updates the State Water Resources Control Board on upcoming water conservation education efforts:  “As California faces a fourth year of serious drought, Save Our Water – the state’s water conservation program – updated the State Water Resources Control Board on its plans to help Californians make lasting and permanent reductions in the amount of water they use […]

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News Worth Noting: Santa Barbara desal permit approved, DFW’s 2014 stories and accomplishments, Water resource issues in the 114th Congress, Executive Order on federal flood risk standard

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Central Coast Water Board approves Santa Barbara desal permit: “The Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (Central Coast Water Board) approved a permit Friday that will allow the City of Santa Barbara to restart its desalination facility to produce drinking water during the drought. The Central Coast Water Board’s action modified a permit that it initially issued in 1991 […]

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