Category Archive: Other news

Dec 17 2014

Environmental Data Summit: Accessing information that informs decision making

Data, believe it or not, are critical in our lives and influence a broad range of decisions from personal through global significance. The management and use of environmental data, to support science and policy, is not a simple once size fits all issue. From a small data set characterizing the type and number of fish …

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Dec 16 2014

Federal, State Agencies Plan Drought Operations for 2015

From the Department of Water Resources Drought Page: “This week brings sorely needed and significant precipitation to California. But similar levels of rain and snow would have to fall consistently throughout this winter and spring for the state to begin to recover from extreme drought conditions. In preparation for a fourth year of drought, the …

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Dec 09 2014

This just in … NorCal Congress members vote against drought act; say legislation would gut environmental protections, not help drought

From Congressman Garamendi’s website: U.S. Reps. Mike Thompson (D-05), George Miller (D-11), Doris Matsui (D-06), Jerry McNerney (D-09), and John Garamendi (D-03) today voted against H.R. 5781, so-called “California Emergency Drought Relief Act.” The legislation, introduced on December 2nd, was sent to the House Floor without any committee review or input from any state or …

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Dec 09 2014

This just in … House Passes Valadao Emergency Water Legislation

From Congressman Valadao’s office: Washington – On Tuesday, December 9, 2014, the United States House of Representatives passed legislation aimed at providing immediate emergency drought relief to California. H.R. 5781, the California Emergency Drought Relief Act was introduced on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 by Rep. David G. Valadao (CA-21) to improve the dire drought conditions currently …

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Dec 09 2014

This just in … The Brown Administration opposes HR 5781

Received via email: Writing on behalf of the State of California, California Natural Resources Agency Secretary John Laird today issued a formal opposition letter to HR5781. The text of the letter is pasted below: “In the last twelve months, the Brown Administration has dealt with the most extreme three-year drought of modern times, while trying …

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Dec 09 2014

HR 5781, The California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014, likely to be voted on this morning

The House will begin it’s legislative business at 9:00 am PST /12:00 pm EST for legislative business. A vote is likely on HR 5781.  First votes expected around 10:00am PST.  First up on the schedule appears to be complete consideration of HR 5781. Click here to watch the webcast. For more on HR 5781, check …

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Dec 08 2014

House to debate HR 5781 at 11am PST (2 pm EST)

At 11am PST (2pm EST), the House will convene for legislative business and debate HR 5781, the California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014 for one hour. However, The Hill blog notes that there will be no roll call votes in the House on Monday since the chamber was not originally scheduled to be in …

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Dec 06 2014

Saturday special: Federal drought legislation update: Environmental Water Caucus, Latino Water Coalition write letters; Obama threatens veto

On Tuesday, Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford, introduced new federal drought legislation, HR 5781, as a last-ditch effort to get federal legislation passed before the end of the year: Rep. Valadao, California Republicans Introduce Bipartisan Emergency Water Legislation Reactions  … Jared Huffman (D-02), George Miller (D-11) Mike Thompson (D-05), Doris Matsui (D-06), Jerry McNerney (D-09), John …

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Dec 05 2014

Friday Flashback: A regulator perspective on balancing environmental and economic interests

From the archives of Maven’s Notebook: This post, taken from a presentation at this year’s California Water Policy Seminar Series, featured Richard Frank, Michael Lauffer, and Brian Gray discussing environmental laws, including the reasonable use and public trust doctrines.  It was originally published on May 20, 2014.   “The State Water Resources Control Board has …

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Dec 04 2014

Reactions: C-WIN, Golden Gate Salmon Association, and Restore the Delta react to federal drought legislation …

From the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN): House “Drought Relief” Guts Environmental Protections, Does Not Mitigate Drought – Legislation Would Drain State Reservoirs for the Benefit of Corporate Farms: HR 5781, a bill introduced Tuesday in the House of Representatives by Congressman David Valadao (R- Hanford), purports to solve California’s drought-induced water shortages. It will …

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Dec 03 2014

This just in … Northern California Delegation Statement on Flawed, Discriminatory House Republican Water Bill: Members say, “The drought does not stop at the edge of congressional districts.”

  Received via email: Today, Northern California Representatives Jared Huffman (D-02), George Miller (D-11) Mike Thompson (D-05), Doris Matsui (D-06), Jerry McNerney (D-09), John Garamendi (D-03), and Ami Bera (D-07) released the following statement regarding the House Republican water bill introduced last night: “With just a few days left in the legislative session, the House …

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Dec 03 2014

This just in … House to vote on drought bill next week

From the office of Congressman Kevin McCarthy: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on H.R. 5781, the California Emergency Drought Relief Act, after announcing that it will be scheduled for a vote on the House floor next week: “California is facing the worst drought in a century, which has led to …

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Dec 03 2014

Metropolitan, Kern County Water Agency, State Water Contractors react to initial State Water Project allocation of 10%

On Monday, officials announced the allocation for the State Water Project would be initially set at 10%; this figure could be increased or decreased, depending on how the season plays out.  Here are the reactions I’ce collected, listed in alphabetical order: From the Kern County Water Agency: Yesterday, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) …

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Dec 03 2014

State Water Board Reports Decline In Urban Water Conservation Rates in October; Board Announces Water Conservation Workshop in Los Angeles on Dec. 17

From the State Water Resources Control Board: After leveling off in September, statewide residential water conservation receded in October to just a 6.7 percent reduction in year-over-year water use. In the most recent survey of nearly 400 urban water retailers, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) learned that while residential water use …

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Dec 02 2014

This just in … Rep. Valadao, California Republicans Introduce Bipartisan Emergency Water Legislation

From Congressman Valadao’s office (via email): “On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21), with the support of California House Republicans, introduced water legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives aimed at providing short- term relief from California’s water crisis. Since May, House Republicans have been working to find a bipartisan compromise between …

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