Category Archives: News Worth Noting

News Worth Noting: 401 Water Quality Certification Application Posted for Drought Barrier; UC Regents Settle on Underground Storage Tank Violations; LADWP Revises Water Conservation Ordinance; San Diego County Water Authority Public Opinion Poll

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401 Water Quality Certification Application – Public Notice Posted for 2015 Emergency Drought Barrier Project: The State Water Resources Control Board has posted a Public Notice of a Clean Water Act 401 Water Quality Certification Application for the California Department of Water Resources 2015 Emergency Drought Barrier Project.   Click here for the public notice.   Settlement Reached With University of […]

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News Worth Noting: Two drought preparedness bills pass out of Committee; Senator Vidak to Serve on the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee; Forest Service withdraws groundwater directive; Report: Water use trends in the U.S.

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Two drought preparedness bills pass out of Committee: “Two water measures focused on saving water by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) passed out of committee yesterday.  Both bills received unanimous bipartisan support. These measures are part of a larger effort by Senator Wolk to improve water management, combat the effects of the drought and climate change in California, and conserve valuable […]

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News Worth Noting: Groups Say Five-Year Water Board Process Comes Up Short For Rivers, New Report Looks to Kings Basin for Drought Solutions, Energy Commission Approves New Water Appliance Standards, New Statewide Water Quality Objective for Trash, Leviathan Mine Settlement

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Five-Year Water Board Process Comes Up Short For Rivers during Historic Drought: (Press release from environmental organizations, tribes, and interest groups) l “Today the State Water Resources Control Board rejected the urgent appeal of a diverse coalition of conservation, tribal and fishing groups to formally recognize severely  over-diverted rivers and streams in Northern California as “impaired” under the Clean Water […]

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News Worth Noting: DFW proposes closing parts of Sac river to fishing, State Water Board warns curtailments coming soon, Leviathan Mine settlement, Extreme weather & climate change online course

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Department of Fish and Wildlife to hold public meeting on proposed emergency fishing closure of part of the Sacramento River:  “The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is holding a public meeting to solicit comments on a proposed closure of 5.5 miles of the Sacramento River above the Highway 44 Bridge in Redding to Keswick Dam. CDFW has determined […]

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News Worth Noting: Save Our Water launches new campaign, San Joaquin River Restoration Program Annual Report, Draft enviro docs for long-term exchange agreements, Wind energy saves 2.5 billion gallons of water, Weekly water and climate report

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Save Our Water launches new statewide public education campaign: “On the heels of Governor Jerry Brown’s announcement yesterday of the first-ever statewide mandatory water reductions, Save Our Water – California’s conservation education program – is launching Keep Saving CA, a statewide public education campaign to help Californians make lasting and permanent reductions in the amount of water they use everyday. […]

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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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