Category Archives: Other news

This just in … State Water Resources Control Board issues draft emergency urban conservation regulations

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The State Water Resources Control Board has posted the draft Emergency Water Conservation Regulations and assorted documents. They are here: Proposed Text of the Emergency Regulation Draft urban water suppliers usage tiers Fact sheet on the draft emergency regulations for urban water conservation Fact sheet for general information on 25% statewide reduction in potable water use More information is available […]

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News Worth Noting, legal edition: Water District Case Clarifies Public Records Act Exemption ; Federal District Court Rules on Federal Wildlife Agencies and ESA Incidental Take Permits, Court of Appeal Upholds TMDL for Lake Bed Sediment

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Water District Case Clarifies California Public Records Act Exemption for Utility Customers: “The Public Records Act exempts from required disclosure the identities of commercial, as well as individual, utility customers, according to a recent Riverside County Superior Court decision.  The case, First Amendment Coalition v. Coachella Valley Water District, arose out of CVWD’s denial of a records request for the […]

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This just in … DWR posts groundwater update reports; will support implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

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From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has completed the Groundwater Update to the California Water Plan Update 2013 with essential data, information and analyses that will be important to the successful implementation of a statewide groundwater sustainability management process. Legislation enacted last year by the California State Legislature established a roadmap of activity and […]

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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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This just in … DWR moves to install first drought barrier on West False River

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From the Department of Water Resources: Faced with potentially insufficient water supplies to repel salinity in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), in consultation with federal and state water and wildlife agencies, is moving to install an emergency, temporary rock barrier across a Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta channel. DWR seeks to install a single emergency salinity […]

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News Worth Noting: More info available on Delta watershed diversions, LAO says limited statewide economic impact of drought; MCWRA responds to water right curtailments & conservation framework; San Diego and LADWP respond to MWD cutback announcement

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More Information Available on Delta Riparian and Pre-1914 Watershed Diversions: “The Division of Water Rights is making more information available to the public.  On February 4, 2015, an informational order was sent to the top 90% of riparian and pre-1914 users in the Delta and the remaining top 90% of users in the Sacramento and San Joaquin River watersheds requesting […]

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This just in … Metropolitan Board restricts wholesale water deliveries to member agencies for the fourth time in District’s history

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From the Metropolitan Water District: The governing board of Southern California’s primary water agency today supported Gov. Jerry Brown’s edict for mandatory conservation by voting to restrict wholesale deliveries to its 26 member public agencies to help save water and stretch available supplies in the fourth year of statewide drought. Metropolitan Water District’s cutback amounts to a 15 percent reduction […]

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Website news: Maven’s Notebook recognized with Scientific Journalism Award

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Last week, I had the pleasure of traveling to Santa Cruz to attend a day of the Cal-Neva chapter of the American Fisheries Society’s conference, and to receive their Scientific Journalism Award – indeed quite an honor, considering previous winners have been Matt Weiser and the late Mike Taugher. It is especially gratifying to be recognized by the scientific community […]

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California Water Commission begins public meetings on Water Storage Investment Program this week

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Meetings to be held in Chico, Fresno, and Pleasant Hill Last fall, voters approved Prop 1, the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014, which authorized $7.545 billion in general obligation bonds to fund various water and ecosystem projects, including $2.7 billion for investments in the public benefits of water storage projects. Through the Water Storage Investment Program, […]

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Army Corps requests public comment on the Delta barriers (with maps)

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From the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: “The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District will evaluate a California Department of Water Resources permit application, required to construct three temporary salinity barriers in waters of the California Delta. The public is invited to review the DWR request and submit comments by April 22, 2015. The proposed project would place dredged […]

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