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    Sep 16 2014

    This just in … Reclamation Releases Additional Water to Address Fish Health in Lower Klamath River

    From the Bureau of Reclamation: In response to the discovery of a parasite infection in Chinook salmon in the lower Klamath River, the Bureau of Reclamation began today to release additional water from Trinity Reservoir. On Monday, Sept. 15, scientists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Fish Health Center captured and examined 20 fish …

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    Sep 16 2014

    Legislators and interest groups respond to Governor Brown’s signing of groundwater legislation

    Legislators and interest groups are responding to Governor Brown’s signing of groundwater legislation today. (Click here for the governor’s press release.) Here’s what they had to say, listed in alphabetical order: Note:  I will continue to add to this post as I find other reactions, so do check back later – there will probably be …

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    Sep 16 2014

    This just in … Governor signs groundwater legislation

    From the Office of the Governor: Putting California communities on a path to become more resilient to water shortages, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed historic legislation to strengthen local management and monitoring of groundwater basins most critical to the state’s water needs. “We have to learn to manage wisely water, energy, land and …

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    Sep 16 2014

    Daily Digest: Governor Brown’s tunnel plan gets bashed in Washington, Governor to sign groundwater bill today, tribes protest plan to raise dam, and more news, plus a video flyover of Lake Oroville

    In California water news today, Governor Brown’s tunnel plan gets bashed in Washington, Governor to sign groundwater bill today, tribes protest plan to raise dam, Plumas County gets more water in talks with DWR, Marijuana farmer says he has solved California drought, California State Parks parched by drought, drought threatens sushi, Company proposes a better …

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    Sep 16 2014

    Blog round-up: Demythologizing the Drought ‘Demythologizers’, San Joaquin River restoration, virtual hiking Tuolumne Meadows, war dances, groundwater, Sites Reservoir and more …

    Demythologizing California’s Drought ‘Demythologizers’: Wayne Lusvardi writes: “Recently, the Washington Post published “Five Myths About California’s Drought” by Richard Howlitt and Jay Lund, two professors at the University of California at Davis as part of its weekly “five myths feature” challenging everything you think you know. Howlitt and Lund wield the sword of “myth” against …

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    Sep 15 2014

    Daily Digest: Why more trees in the Sierra mean less water, State poised to restrict groundwater pumping, groundwater bank gets corporate funding, Richard Frank on groundwater legislation and more …

    In California water news today, why more trees in the Sierra mean less water for California, California poised to restrict groundwater pumping, groundwater bank gets corporate funding, Glenn County Supervisor broaches subject of a moratorium on new wells, major manure clean up in northwest Santa Rosa (with video!), Valley and foothill communities using less water, …

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    Sep 15 2014

    Reservoir and water conditions for September 15

    Here are the latest reservoir and water conditions: 781 total views, 15 views today

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    Sep 15 2014

    News Worth Noting: NOP for CEQA docs issued for SWP contract extensions, NCPA files complaint against Reclamation, No on Prop 1 says water bond fails to deliver, FY 2014-15 water quality fees, Prop 84 PSP, Invester-owned water companies support CPUC resolution

    DWR issues Notice of Preparation of the Environmental Impact Statement for the extension of State Water Project water supply contracts:  DWR will be the lead agency for the preparation of CEQA documents for the extension of the State Water Project water supply contracts, which propose to amend certain provisions of the State Water Resources Development …

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    Sep 14 2014

    What’s on the calendar for this week and beyond …

    Time to open up those calendars and note any of these events that are of interest to you … Coming up this week …   California Stormwater Quality Association 2014 Annual Meeting will be held September 15-17 in Orange County.  Click here for more information. Advanced Metering Infrastructure Symposium:  On Tuesday, September 16 from 10AM …

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    Sep 14 2014

    Daily Digest, weekend edition: How long will California survive without water, super-rich make last stand against drought, Avenal could run out of water, swimming pools and drought, and more …

    In California water news this weekend, how long will California survive without water, super-rich make last stand against California drought, Avenal could run out of water, water agencies are learning that pools aren’t a big factor during a drought, billions of gallons of water lost to leaks each year, survey finds almond growers deeply impacted …

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    Sep 12 2014

    Daily Digest: ‘Injection’ plan to save fall run salmon, pistachio crop swells, California hit with West Nile outbreak, nudist colony accused of stealing water, and more news and commentary …

    In California water news today, ‘Injection’ plan to save fall run salmon, pistachio crop expected to swell despite the drought, California hit with West Nile outbreak and drought is to blame, Garamendi and McNerney introduce bill to block federal funds for BDCP, Drought Task Force hears list of water problems in Glenn County, Los Gatos …

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    Sep 12 2014

    News Worth Noting: Ag expert panel report, hidden costs of groundwater overdraft, stormwater and Prop 218, Sacto RWA supports water bond, C-WIN on Grasslands project, Cadiz picks up Central Valley farmers, San Diego water use down 6%, 9th wettest summer for US even as the west withers

    Conclusions of the Agricultural Expert Panel: Recommendations to the State Water Board – Final Report Available –  The Agricultural Expert Panel was convened by the State Water Board and given thirteen technical questions to answer regarding groundwater, nitrogen, and other issues. The Final Agricultural Expert Panel Report – Conclusions of the Agricultural Expert Panel: Recommendations …

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    Sep 11 2014

    State Water Board looking for recommendations on improving the enforcement of water rights during drought conditions

    Do you have ideas on how the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) could more effectively divvy up the water in these dry years?  Then State Water Board staff wants to hear from you. With the possibility that this exceptionally dry year could quite possibly turn into another, the emergency resolution adopted by …

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    Sep 11 2014

    Daily Digest: Farmers stymied by fish protections, drought could claim 25% of rice crop, officials garner support for Sites Reservoir, Stewardship Council’s message hits the road and more …

    In California water news today, farmers stymied by fish protections, drought could claim a quarter of the rice crop, officials garner support for water bond for Sites Reservoir, Delta Stewardship Council’s message of policy and science collaboration hits the road, statewide water use drops, California plans the nation’s most detailed sea level rise database, forest …

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    Sep 11 2014

    News Worth Noting: ACWA, Metropolitan endorse water bond; DC Hearings on water storage, the Endangered Species Act; Docs for emergency groundwater for North Grasslands Wildlife Area; State Water Board adopts plan for Marina del Rey

    ACWA Board of Directors Formally Endorses 2014 Water Bond: “Citing a critical need to invest in a comprehensive plan to secure the state’s water future, the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) this week took a formal position in support of the $7.545 billion water bond measure set for the November ballot. The statewide organization’s …

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