Category Archives: Other news

Public meetings on Prop 1 spending to begin this week

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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Wildlife Conservation Board, and the California Water Commission hold public meetings this week in preparation for spending Prop 1 funds Last November, voters approved the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014, otherwise known as Proposition 1.  The proposition authorized $7.545 billion in general obligation bonds to fund ecosystem and […]

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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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Governor Brown signs emergency drought package

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From the Office of Governor Brown: Moving swiftly to help communities cope with California’s devastating drought and the ongoing effects of climate change, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed emergency legislation – AB 91 and AB 92 – that fast-tracks more than $1 billion in funding for drought relief and critical water infrastructure projects. “This funding is just one […]

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Bureau of Reclamation updates Central Valley Project water supply information

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Initial 2015 water supply allocation remains unchanged; officials continue to monitor conditions From the Bureau of Reclamation: The Bureau of Reclamation reports that, due to continued dry conditions, the initial 2015 water supply allocation released on February 27 for Central Valley Project agricultural contractors and municipal and industrial contractors remains unchanged. “When we announced the initial allocation, we committed to […]

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This just in … DWR & Reclamation request State Water Board to modify Delta water quality requirements April through September 2015

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Water projects say modifications are necessary to meet health and safety needs, control salinity intrusion in the Delta, preserve cold water pool, and maintain adequate protections for fish and wildlife; No decision yet on temporary rock barriers in the Delta The Department of Water Resources and the Bureau of Reclamation have submitted a request to the State Water Board, asking […]

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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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State Water Board to consider adoption of amendment to Ocean Plan addressing desalination facilities

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The amendment, set to be considered for adoption on May 5, will address intakes, brine discharges, mitigation and other issues for desalination facilities As water supplies have tightened throughout the state, more coastal communities have been considering desalination as a way to develop additional reliable supplies and serve as a buffer in times of drought, with the current exceptionally dry […]

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PPIC Survey Finds Californians Say Their Neighbors Aren’t Doing Enough About Drought

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From the Public Policy Institute of California: Large majorities of Californians say the supply of water in their part of the state is a big problem and that people in their regions are not doing enough to respond to the drought, according to a statewide survey released today by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) with funding from The […]

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This just in … DWR Report Describes Past and Ongoing Droughts; A Wealth of Information in Comparison of California’s Worst Historical Droughts

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From the Department of Water Resources: Severe droughts are nothing new to California, home to the highest variable precipitation in the United States.  In the midst of a fourth dry year, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has released an in-depth report comparing the severity and impacts of California’s most significant droughts, which stretched from 1929 to 1934, 1976 […]

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Capitol Weekly: California urged to resolve delta, water issues — fast

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From yours truly, published at Capitol Weekly: “Disputes over California’s fragile Sacramento-San Joaquin River delta, the troubled heart of the drought-stricken state’s water system, must be resolved immediately because what happens there affects the western region, a top water expert says. Pat Mulroy, the former leader of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, delivered a bluntly worded warning to attendees at […]

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