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    Aug 05 2014

    Article to note: Brown Pushes For $6 Billion Water Bond, Insists Plan Is ‘Tunnel Neutral’ – with Gov. Brown interview

    From Capital Public Radio: “California Governor Jerry Brown has broken his silence on water bond talks.  He’s opposing the $11 billion measure currently on the November ballot and proposing a $6 billion bond instead.   Brown’s outline sets aside a third of the money for storage projects, such as dams and reservoirs. … “ Read more …

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    Aug 05 2014

    This just in … Governor Brown’s water bond letter: “We must act now so that we can continue to manage as good stewards of this vital resource for generations to come. But we can and must do so without returning California to the days of overwhelming deficit and debt.”

    Leave it to my wonderful readers to dig up what I hadn’t been able to find (Thank you!) … here’s the letter from Governor Jerry Brown: “To My Fellow Citizens of California: Drought conditions in California grow more serious by the day. Last month, the State Water Resources Control Board issued mandatory conservation measures to …

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    Aug 05 2014

    This just in … Governor Brown pushes smaller water bond; Senator Wolk responds

    Governor Jerry Brown is pressing his case for a smaller bond, reports the Sacramento Bee: “Gov. Jerry Brown, pressing his case Tuesday for a smaller water bond on the November ballot, criticized the existing, $11.1 billion bond as “pork-laden” and “with a price tag beyond what’s reasonable or affordable.”  Brown has been pushing for a $6 …

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    Aug 05 2014

    Daily Digest: San Joaquin Valley water agency wins damage lawsuit against the feds, time running out to reach water bond, last paved ramp closing at Lake Oroville, state rescinds water curtailment in Rio Dell and more …

    In California water news today, San Joaquin Valley water agency wins damage lawsuit against the feds, time running out to reach water bond deal, a short primer on the water bond debate, new technology measures snowpack amid California drought, a modern day Dust Bowl, a week of groundwater news in the Year of Groundwater, and …

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    Aug 05 2014

    Blog round-up: Bloggers on water conservation, drought, the BDCP, groundwater, stormwater, wasted water and more …

    The Multiple Benefits of Water Conservation and Efficiency for California: Heather Cooley writes:”California farmers have made great progress in updating and modernizing irrigation technologies and practices. For example, in 1990, more than two-thirds of California crops were flood irrigated. By 2010, that number had declined to 43% and is likely even lower today. During that …

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    Aug 05 2014

    News Worth Noting: Blue-green algae blooms in Klamath River, legislators to tour Sites Reservoir, Fish weir installation at Nimbus, Sea water threatening Central Coast groundwater, Kern County public meeting on fracking and groundwater monitoring

    Blue-green algae blooms in Klamath River and Reservoirs result in warning against water contact or use: “Swimmers, boaters and recreational users are to urged to avoid direct contact with or use of waters containing blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), now blooming in the Klamath River in Northern California.  Copco and Iron Gate Reservoirs and the Klamath River …

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    Aug 04 2014

    Daily Digest: Water bond leads agenda as legislators return, Flash flood warning issued after Tuolumne County dam cracks & springs leak, what if California runs out of water, and a short list of effective actions to conserve water at home

    In California water news today, water bond leads agenda as legislators return for final month; state water legislation could hike food costs,  drought brings earlier start to grape harvest, beware of humans by dry brush, Tuolumne County’s Twain Harte dam cracks & springs leak, Brown moving forward with legislation to protect homeowners from fines, what …

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    Aug 04 2014

    Reservoir and water conditions for August 4, 2014

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    Aug 04 2014

    News Worth Noting: CSPA reviews Delta habitat restoration projects, Delta Conservancy & Stewardship Council newsletters, Golden Gate Salmon Ass’n on 21st Century Water Legislation, MCWD votes to sue over geothermal project

    An Overview of Habitat Restoration Successes and Failures in the Sacramento-San  Joaquin Delta: The California Sporfishing Protection Alliance has released a 48-page report on habitat restoration projects completed or underway in the Delta, reviewing projects individually on each island:  ” … Despite numerous restoration projects, there have been few documented successes in the Delta.  Many …

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    Aug 03 2014

    Daily Digest, weekend edition: Lawmakers to regroup in September on federal drought legislation as Democrats introduce a new water bill, making more water from tainted farm drainage, the anti-tunnel rally, salinity in the Delta, plus Richard Frank on the prospects of groundwater legislation and more …

    In California water news this weekend, lawmakers will regroup in September on federal drought relief legislation as Democrats introduce a new water bill, bill in legislature would order study of sediment levels in reservoirs, scientists on the west side are making more water from tainted farm drainage, reports from the anti-tunnel rally, Water cycle out …

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    Aug 01 2014

    Article to note: California groundwater legislation will be amended Monday; Basins get more than two decades to balance groundwater use.

    From the Circle of Blue: “California lawmakers begin their sprint finish Monday to pass new rules for managing groundwater before the legislature goes home for the year on August 31. A group of heavy-hitters in the world of California water policy — the Association of California Water Agencies, which represents 440 public water providers, and …

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    Aug 01 2014

    This just in … Speaker Toni G. Atkins Appoints Aja Brown to the Delta Stewardship Council

    From the website of Speaker Toni Atkins: Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins has (D-San Diego) today announced the appointment of Aja Brown to the Delta Stewardship Council. Aja Brown currently serves as the Mayor of Compton, where she has implemented economic, social, and wellness empowerment initiatives, attracted vital resources and partnerships, and established a strategic …

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    Aug 01 2014

    Daily Digest: “Exceptional drought” expands to more than half of California while wildfires continue to spread in tinder-dry Sierra, drought dredges up odd discoveries, and more news and commentary

    In California water news today, “Exceptional drought” expands to more than half of California while wildfires continue to spread in tinder-dry Sierra, Drought may mean we have to migrate people says academic climate expert, drought dredges up odd discoveries, work continues on federal drought relief legislation, and report says world faces water crises by 2040, …

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    Aug 01 2014

    This just in … Boxer, Feinstein, Napolitano, DeFazio Introduce “W21: Water in the 21st Century” Legislation

    From Congresswoman Grace Napolitano’s website: ” U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), U.S. Representative Grace Napolitano (D-CA) and U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) today introduced “W21: Water in the 21st Century,” legislation that would help communities nationwide better prepare for the future by providing new incentives and investments to help residents, …

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    Aug 01 2014

    California Water Commission part 4: Briefing on Water Storage Integration and Delta Vision Foundation Policy Paper​

    At the July 16th meeting of the California Water Commission, Charles Gardiner from the Delta Vision Foundation gave a briefing on an upcoming water storage integration and Delta Vision Foundation policy paper.  He began by saying he would give some background on the work they’ve been doing over the last six months, and after which …

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