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    Sep 05 2014

    News Worth Noting: Enviro groups call for new BDCP scoping alternatives, Reclamation announces meetings to revise criteria for CVP contractor’s water management plans, Fort Ord restoration project, World Water Week

    Friends of the River, C-WIN, CSPA and the Environmental Water Caucus call for new BDCP scoping of a reasonable range of alternatives including the Responsible Exports Plan Submitted by the Environmental Water Caucus:  The letter reads: “Friends of the River (FOR), the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN), the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA), and the …

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    Sep 05 2014

    Delta Stewardship Council endorses habitat restoration issue paper; an update on the Delta Levee Investment Strategy

    At the August meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, council members spent the morning touring the Antioch Dunes and Dutch Slough restoration projects in the western Delta. After lunch, they reconvened at the Big Break Visitors Center in Oakley to discuss endorsement of a new habitat restoration issue paper and hear an update on where …

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    Sep 04 2014

    Daily Digest: Campaign for Prop 1 starts, Gov Brown opposes tapping water bond for earthquake system, snowless Mount Shasta, data center to help desal water and more …

    In California water news today, Campaign for Prop 1 starts in Fresno as Valley politicians promote water bond to voters, Governor Brown opposes tapping water bond for earthquake warning system, snowless Mount Shasta, drought wipes out nearly one-quarter of state’s $5 billion rice crop, drought reshaping cattle map, Californians stealing from fire hydrants, groundwater bills, …

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    Sep 04 2014

    Sea Change Radio transcript: Parched: Peter Gleick on California’s drought

    On September 2nd, Dr. Peter Gleick was a guest on Sea Change Radio to discuss the drought.  Here’s what he had to say: Host: As Californians continue to look beseechingly to the skies for signs of any kind of rainfall, the effects of this drought are indeed far reaching. The policies that emerge from this …

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    Sep 04 2014

    Science news and reports: How might El Nino affect wildfires in California?, how rising vegetation could hit California’s water supply, what makes a wetland, adaptive management white paper

    In science news this week, how might El Nino affect wildfires in California?, How rising vegetation could hit California’s water supply, what makes a wetland, wetland revival 2014, eelgrass restoration along the Central Coast, new DFW white paper on incorporating adaptive management into conservation planning and resource management, how data helps solve the drought, researchers …

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    Sep 04 2014

    News Worth Noting: Assemblyman Logue urges Governor not to sign groundwater legislation, legal analysis on groundwater legislation, San Joaquin River Restoration Program reports now available

    Assemblyman Logue urges Governor Brown not to sign groundwater legislation:  “North State Assemblyman and Chief Minority Whip, Dan Logue, along with a bi-partisan group of legislators, sent a letter to Governor Jerry Brown urging him to veto SB 1168, SB 1319 and AB 1739, bills that were passed last week during the last day of …

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    Sep 03 2014

    This just in … State Water Board issues draft order denying petitions for reconsideration of the order granting Temporary Urgency Change Petitions to the State Water Project & Central Valley Project

    The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has issued a draft order denying the petitions for reconsideration of the Executive Director’s January 31, 2014 order approving the Temporary Urgency Change Petitions and their subsequent modifications to the water right license and permits for the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project. The …

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    Sep 03 2014

    Daily Digest: Public comment period opens on Prop 1 water bond ballot arguments, groundwater legislation, dry wells, irrigation irritation, dead salmon at Trinity Lake, and more …

    In California water news today, public comment period opens on Prop 1 water bond ballot arguments, more on groundwater legislation, dry wells, irrigation irritation over water wasters, dead salmon at Trinity Lake, and more … In the news today … Public comment period opens on Prop 1 water bond ballot arguments:  “Draft ballot arguments on …

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    Sep 03 2014

    News Worth Noting: GGSA calls for emergency actions to save salmon in Upper Sacramento River, CSPA opposes water bond, legal analysis of groundwater legislation, Triennial review of Central Valley basin plans, Delta waterways cleanup, New Salton Sea report

    GGSA Calls for Emergency Action to Save Salmon From Drought: Upper Sac River too warm for spawning:  “The Golden Gate Salmon Association and a coalition of salmon stakeholders are calling on state and federal fish agencies to save this year’s fall-run salmon from deadly effects of drought. Joining GGSA in the proposed action are The …

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    Sep 03 2014

    Dr. Peter Gleick on The Untapped Potential of California’s Water Supply

    In June, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Pacific Institute released a study that examined the potential water supply that can be gained from urban and agricultural water use efficiency, water reuse, and stormwater capture.  The report, The Untapped Potential of California’s Water Supply​, concludes that 10.8 to 13.7 million acre-feet of water per …

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    Sep 02 2014

    Daily Digest: More trees means less runoff, drought adding stress in the forest, tech and non-tech solutions for drought, and more …

    In California water news today, more trees means less water for California’s mountain rivers, drought adding stress in the forest, drought forcing big changes among California growers, how tech is playing its part to alleviate the California drought, inventor says he has the desalination solution, some businesses apply a dab of green to brown lawns, …

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    Sep 02 2014

    Blog round-up: Turn on the pumps to save the smelt … ?, the BDCP, water pirates, water bond and more …

    Turn on the pumps to save the smelt, say Families Protecting the Valley:  They write: “We’ve never been fans of environmental science when it comes to the Delta Smelt.  Sure, the enviros have used their sloppy science to take water from farmers in the Valley, but they’ve never been able to defend their sloppy science …

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    Sep 02 2014

    News Worth Noting, legislative edition: Enviro groups and legislators respond to accomplishments (and not) of the legislative session

    California Legislators’ Inconsistent Response to Plastic Pollution: “Yesterday, the California Legislature failed by one vote to enact AB 1699 (Bloom) a ban on the use of plastic microbeads in personal care products. Meanwhile, SB 270 (Padilla) passed making California the second state in the nation to ban single use plastic grocery bags. According to Miriam …

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    Sep 02 2014

    News Worth Noting: Army Corps practices for Delta flood emergency, multiple agencies eradicate marijuana on Tule River reservation, NASA surveys Napa quake, San Joaquin River Restoration Program to Work with Central California Irrigation District on Seepage Projects, AquaPedia looking for case studies on water conflicts

    Army Corps practices for Delta flood emergency:  “U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District employees and emergency operations personnel conducted a small-scale flood emergency response exercise in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta near Walnut Grove, California, Aug. 27, 2014. The exercise provided the district an opportunity to evaluate current emergency response plans and capabilities and …

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    Sep 02 2014

    California Weather Blog: California’s drought very unlikely to improve in short term; thoughts about the upcoming winter rainy season

    From the California Weather Blog: “The weather in California has been relatively uneventful over the past few weeks. Periodic thunderstorm activity has continued to affect mainly inland desert and mountain areas, mostly in the southern part of the state. Hurricane Marie–once a formidable category five storm in the eastern Pacific ocean–brought pretty clouds (but also damaging …

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