Category Archive: Water

Jan 31 2014

Metropolitan General Manager Jeff Kightlinger meets with Governor Brown, pledges to help out “by all means feasible.”

After meeting with Governor Jerry Brown yesterday to discuss statewide drought conditions and water management actions, Metropolitan Water District General Manager Jeff Kightlinger had this to say: “The dry conditions facing California are unprecedented, and this region stands united with the governor in supporting his call for a statewide approach to a statewide problem. His …

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Jan 30 2014

Senators Cannella and Vidak say it’s time to pass a water bond; introduce legislation to pare down $11B version currently on the ballot

From the website of Senator Andy Vidak: “Senators Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) and Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) today announced new legislation to put a water bond on the November 2014 ballot that prioritizes water storage and clean drinking water, and protects the Delta water supply. Senate Bill 927 pares down the water bond that the Legislature negotiated …

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Jan 30 2014

Letter: Environmental groups express concern over State Water Project contract renegotiations

Interest groups monitoring the State Water Project contract renegotiations say that the project scope and financial risk to ratepayers and taxpayers needs to be disclosed, expansion of the scope needs to be clearly prohibited, contracts that default should return the water to the public, and the urban preference should be reinstated. The State of California …

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Jan 29 2014

Congressmen Valadao, Nunes, and McCarthy introduce H.R. 3964; The Sacramento-San Joaquin Emergency Water Delivery Act; Senator Feinstein responds

From Congressman Valadao’s website: Congressmen David G. Valadao (CA-21) , Devin Nunes (CA-22), and Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) led the entire California GOP delegation in introducing a comprehensive bill in Congress to resolve the water crisis in California. H.R. 3964, the Sacramento–San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act restores water reliability to California communities by codifying …

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Jan 28 2014

Addendum: Congressmen Valadao, McCarthy, and Nunes release statement on failure to have their legislation included in Farm Bill

From the website of Congressman David Valadao: California Congressmen David G. Valadao (CA-21), Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), and Devin Nunes (CA-22) released the following statement after the Senate refused to include in the Farm Bill the Representatives’ proposed legislative fix for South Valley water: “We are deeply disappointed that California’s Senators have rejected yet another House …

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Jan 27 2014

This just in … House Republican’s attempt to include California drought legislation in Farm Bill fails

From Congressman Garamendi’s office: Today, it was announced that House Republican Leadership tried to insert a provision into the Farm Bill to divert Northern California water toward San Joaquin Valley farms. Congressman John Garamendi (Fairfield, CA), a Member of the Agriculture Committee, said, “After two years of negotiations over a Farm Bill, trying to sneak …

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Jan 27 2014

This just in … California water reforms presented at Farm Bill Conference Committee

House Republicans are working on moving their legislation forward in this media statement from the website of Congressman David Valadao: At the request of Speaker of the House John Boehner and California Congressmen David Valadao (CA-21), Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), and Devin Nunes (CA-22), Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas has presented a legislative fix in a …

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Jan 27 2014

Final California Water Action Plan released: Outlines the state’s near- and long-term water priorities

From the California Natural Resources Agency: “As California experiences one of the driest winters on record, the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture released the final California Water Action Plan, laying out goals and vision for the next five years. The plan will guide …

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Jan 25 2014

Congressman McCarthy, Nunes, Valadao, and Costa urge continued provision of rescheduled water

Wow, busy Saturday … Here’s this from the website of Congressman Devin Nunes: “Congressmen Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes, David Valadao, and Jim Costa released the following joint statement in reaction to reports that the Bureau of Reclamation may refuse to provide rescheduled water for farmers from California’s San Joaquin Valley: “Through various conservation techniques and …

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Jan 25 2014

Letter: State legislators write Bureau of Reclamation: “It would be unconscionable for the Bureau not to honor rescheduled water from the 2013-2014 contract year.”

A group of state legislators has written the Bureau of Reclamation’s Commissioner Michael Connor and Regional Director David Murillo expressing their concerns about the possibility of rescheduled water held over from last year not being available this year.  They say it would be ‘unconscionable’ for the Bureau not to honor the rescheduled water. “Many growers …

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Jan 23 2014

Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson updates the State Water Board on water use in the Delta, Term 91, and more

At the January 21st State Water Resources Control Board meeting, Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson updated the Board on the activities of his office, which include the collection of data on water use in the Delta, permits in the larger Delta watershed and specifically about Term 91 and how it’s been implemented uniquely this year, a …

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Jan 22 2014

Maven’s Minutes from the California Water Commission: Water storage, dry conditions, “Safeguarding California”, and an update on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan

At the California Water Commission’s January meeting, the Commission re-elected the Chair and Vice-Chair to another one-year term, heard briefings on the Delta Stewardship Council’s water storage issue paper, the dry conditions, the Natural Resources Agency’s Safeguard California Plan, and the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. Agenda Item 5: Election of chair and vice-chair The California …

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Jan 20 2014

Letter: Congressmembers McCarthy, Nunes and Valadao write Senator Feinstein, asking her how she intends to address the drought

Congressmembers Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes, and David Valadao have sent a letter to Senator Feinstein, asking her just how she is intending to address the drought situation. It is dry conditions as well as federal and state regulations that have reduced water supplies,they say, and they point out that several members of Congress have already …

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Jan 20 2014

News worth noting: Golden Gate Salmon Assn says baby salmon released into ‘death zone,’ dry year resources, Water Commission’s summary of activities for 2013, the Ocean Plan, and more …

Golden Gate Salmon Association says baby salmon being released into ‘death zone':  “As the Brown administration declared a drought state of emergency in California, the Coleman national fish hatchery plans to release another 73,000 baby salmon next week to almost certain death in the drought-stricken Sacramento River. The planned release follows releases of almost 750,000 …

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Jan 17 2014

This just in … State Water Resources Control Board warns of potential curtailment of water rights

From the State Water Resources Control Board: “With California facing water shortfalls in the driest year in recorded state history, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has proclaimed a State of Emergency and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for these drought conditions. The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) …

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