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Delta Stewardship Council Appoints Dr. Cliff Dahm as Delta Lead Scientist

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From the Delta Stewardship Council: Dr. Clifford Dahm, an internationally recognized expert in aquatic ecology, climatology, restoration biology, and a professor emeritus of biology at the University of New Mexico, was unanimously appointed by the Council on Thursday (Aug. 27) as Lead Scientist. In making the appointment, Council Chair Randy Fiorini said, “With his broad understanding of water-related science and […]

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News Worth Noting: Federal judge halts implementation of ‘waters of the U.S.’ rule; Rep. Napolitano holds forum on Southern California’s water future; San Diego water board cracks down on overwatering

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Legal alert: Federal judge halts implementation of ‘waters of the U.S.’ rule:  “On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson in Fargo, N.D. issued a temporary injunction requested by North Dakota and 12 other states prohibiting the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers from implementing a revised definition of the term “waters of the United States” for […]

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Final Ruling: San Diego County Water Authority Owed $188.3 Million Plus Interest in Rate Case Victory

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From San Diego County Water Authority: A San Francisco Superior Court judge today issued a final decision that says the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California must pay the San Diego County Water Authority $188.3 million plus interest for illegal water rates MWD charged from 2011 to 2014. Judge Curtis E.A. Karnow also determined that MWD has been under-calculating the […]

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News Worth Noting: Imagine H2O launches inaugural Water Policy Challenge; DISB seeks comments on adaptive management report; Urban conservation compliance info; Drought preparedness bills; DWR planning grants guidelines; CEQA guidelines amendments

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Imagine H2O launches inaugural Water Policy Challenge with $25,000 prize:  “Imagine H2OTM, the leading accelerator for water innovation, today announced its 2015 California Water Policy Challenge. The Challenge aims to identify policy approaches that help California’s cities, farms and industries deploy water technologies. The winning entry will receive up to $25,000 in support.  According to a recent UC Davis study, […]

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This just in … California Water Use Drops 31.3 percent, Exceeds 25 Percent Mandate for July

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From the State Water Resources Control Board: Despite continued hot conditions, Californians surpassed June’s conservation rate and reduced water use by 31.3 percent during July, exceeding Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s 25 percent mandate for a second consecutive month since the new emergency conservation regulation took effect. For June and July, the cumulative statewide savings was 29.5 percent. Saving water […]

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This just in … DWR and Reclamation submit joint petition for change in water right permits and licenses re: California Water Fix

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From the State Water Resources Control Board: On August 26, 2015, the California Department of Water Resources and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation submitted a joint petition for change in water right permit and license conditions  for the State Water Project and Central Valley Project to add points of diversion of water on the Sacramento River associated with the California WaterFix […]

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This just in … Court denies Temporary Restraining Order against Klamath River flows

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The Eastern District Court has issued it’s decision denying the request for a Temporary Restraining Order against the Bureau of Reclamation, thereby allowing the water to from Trinity Reservoir to the Lower Klamath River for the aid of salmon. From the Court’s conclusion: (Note: In the court docs, FAR = Flow Augmentation Release) “The Court concludes that there is no […]

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News Worth Noting: Republican Assemblymembers formally request special session on water; Groundwater adjudication legislation moves forward; Sustainable Groundwater Planning Grant Program Draft Guidelines and PSP; New infographics from SoCal Water Committee

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Republican Assemblymembers formally request special session on water: “Republican Assemblymembers Bill Brough (R-Dana Point), James Gallagher (R- Nicolaus), Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) and Devon Mathis (R-Visalia) today delivered a formal request to Governor Brown calling for the immediate establishment of a special legislative session to address California’s continuing water crisis as well as ongoing state actions that have failed to deliver […]

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News Worth Noting: Climate scientists, policymakers to gather to address climate change; DWR releases report on climate change adaptation; Metropolitan turns to digital radio with Pandora, Uforia to encourage water savings

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Climate Scientists, Policymakers to Gather with Far-Reaching Goal:  Adapting to Meet the Challenges of California’s Changing Climate:  “Future generations of Californians likely will experience rising seas, longer droughts, less snowpack, higher temperatures and earlier snowmelt – all outcomes of climate change that already are underway and projected to continue. Preparing for a future that will stress California’s vulnerable resources will […]

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This just in … San Luis & Delta Mendota Water Authority and Westlands Water District file lawsuit to stop Trinity River releases to Klamath River

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From the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority and Westlands Water District: The San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority (Authority) along with Westlands Water District has filed a lawsuit in federal court to stop the Bureau of Reclamation from releasing Central Valley Project (CVP) water from the Trinity Division to the Klamath River. Yesterday Reclamation announced the release of up […]

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