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This just in … DWR raises State Water Project allocation to 20%

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From the Department of Water Resources: Few storms have graced California so far this winter, but those that did – in mid-December and early February – will allow the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to increase water deliveries to most customers of the State Water Project (SWP) by an additional 204,000 acre-feet (AF). The modest increase in SWP allocation […]

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News Worth Noting: Mokelumne River salmon, Delta Conservancy newsletter, Water Storage Investment Program Scoping Survey, Trinity River channel rehab, Army Corp’s Stockton levee plan, Forest Service groundwater directive

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Mokelumne River salmon defy the drought: “Despite extreme drought conditions, 12,118 Chinook salmon returned to the Mokelumne River last fall to spawn, becoming the river’s fifth-largest run in 74 years, East Bay Municipal Utility District announced this week. This is the fourth consecutive year the number of Chinook salmon returning to the Mokelumne River exceeded 12,000 fish, nearly triple the […]

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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: Valley legislators letter to State Water Board re: TUCP decision, Restore the Delta responds to State Water Board order for more info, CDFW restoration grants, Hatcheries lawsuit, New water management planning tool

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Valley legislators send letter to State Water Board asking for reconsideration of the Temporary Urgency Change Petition: “Today, Senator Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) and several Senate and Assembly members sent a letter to State Water Resource Control Board (SWRCB) Chairwoman Felicia Marcus.  The letter asks for the immediate reconsideration of the Temporary Urgency Change Petition (TUCP) to allow the Department of […]

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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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This just in … CA Natural Resources Agency releases draft water bond spending schedule, grant guidelines

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From the California Natural Resources Agency: “The California Natural Resources Agency today released a draft schedule detailing the benchmarks for the first year of the ten year expenditure period of the water bond (Proposition 1) that was passed by voters in November 2014. Also, draft guidelines for applications for grants made available by the bond will be available on the  […]

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