Dec 15 2014

California Weather Blog: Much-needed rains return to California (and there’s more to come), but severe long-term drought continues

From Daniel Swain at the California Weather Blog: A very impressive winter storm brought widespread heavy rainfall to most of California last week. A strong and moist atmospheric river–with a corridor of enhanced moisture transport extending all the way southwest to the Hawaiian Islands–occurred in conjunction with a rapidly-deepening surface low pressure area off the …

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Dec 15 2014

Groundwater adjudication hearing, part 1: Justice Robie with an overview on how groundwater disputes are resolved in California

In August of this year, Governor Brown signed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, requiring local officials for the first time to create sustainable groundwater management plans.  These management plans potentially could involve pumping restrictions or new pumping fees and as a result, more legal disputes and groundwater adjudications may likely result. Groundwater adjudications have been …

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Dec 14 2014

Daily Digest, weekend edition: How big the downpour really was, plastic pipe could be the solution for water woes, 7 things this storm won’t do for the drought and more, plus recalling a tragic flood heroine: Flo the Cow

In California water news this weekend, Will the barrage of storms end California’s drought?, Here’s how big California’s downpour really was, A Special Kind of Plastic Pipe Could Be the Solution for California’s Water Woes, 7 things this storm won’t do for the drought, Recalling a tragic flood heroine: Flo the Cow, and more …  …

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Dec 12 2014

Daily Digest: California braces for mudslides but drought designations don’t budge, lawmakers look to 2015 for drought legislation, Westlands and HR 5781, the new groundwater law and more …

In California water news today, California Braces for Mudslides From ‘Pineapple Express’ Storm, Three feet of snow possible at higher elevations, Winter storms finally starting to boost storage levels in key reservoirs, How much will heavy rains help the drought?, Drought designations don’t budge despite heavy rains, Flood of storms drying up before drought is busted, …

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Dec 12 2014

News Worth Noting: Town Hall Meeting on Invasive Weeds set for Monday in Stockton; Triennial Review of the Water Quality Control Plans for the Sacramento River and San Joaquin River Basins rescheduled; SNOTEL precipitation totals improving for the 2015 Water Year

Town Hall Meeting on Invasive Weeds in Stockton set for Monday:  Senator Galgiani is hosting a Town Hall Meeting on Invasive Weeds on Monday, December 15, in Stockton at the State Building Auditorium, 31 E. Channel Street.  Panel representatives include Division of Boating and Waterways, Delta Chambers and Visitors Bureau, Port of Stockton, USDA and …

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Dec 12 2014

Satellites, river stage graphs, rainfall maps, atmospheric rivers, and more: Internet resources for watching the storm and waterways

Here are some internet resources where you can find information on weather conditions, river flows, and reservoirs that might be useful for watching the storm and its impacts from your computer. If you have an internet resource that you think would be a useful addition to this page, please send me an email. Be safe …

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Dec 12 2014

Friday Flashback: State Water Board workshop on urban conservation efforts, part 3: Urban water suppliers discuss allocation-based rate structures, rationing, and other drought management actions

From the archives of Maven’s Notebook: Original publish date: July 2, 2014 All this rain is great, and we sure hope it continues, but there are those that say we’re still likely to end up with another dry year.  Climate change could mean a lot more of these dry years, so urban conservation efforts will …

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Dec 11 2014

Daily Digest: Biggest storm in years to hit CA but rains will provide short-term relief, says researcher; Sustainable groundwater challenge: Is there enough?, New company ‘Rain on Request’ promises rain whenever we want it, and more …

In California water news today, Biggest storm in years for California to cause flooding, mudslides,  Rains to provide short-term relief for drought, says Stanford researcher;   New company Rain on Request promises to be able to make it rain whenever California wants;  Sustainable groundwater challenge: Is there enough?; Delta tributaries workshop: The heartbeat of water distribution …

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Dec 11 2014

News Worth Noting: Drought, not fisheries protections behind low Delta exports; Cloudy water, even if it’s safe, affects rural immigrants’ health; Black Butte Dam, American River trout hatchery, CVP M&I shortage policy

Congressional Reps Get It Wrong: CA Drought Primary Cause Behind Low Delta Exports, Not Delta Fisheries Protections: “Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom salmon and other Pacific fisheries, along with researchers from California Water Research of Santa Cruz, announced today that …

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Dec 11 2014

Science news and reports: Stanford geophysicist maps saltwater threat to California aquifers, balancing beavers and salmon, Tehama Dam removal, South Bay salt ponds, Stanislaus River restoration, “Shocking” discovery on the San Joaquin, El Nino and more …

In science news this week, Stanford geophysicist maps saltwater threat to California aquifers, The Scott River: A balance of beaver and salmon, Dam Removal in Tehama County Helps Landowner and Fish, In the South Bay Salt Ponds, Better Science Through Fishing, New Video Highlights Stanislaus River Restoration, “Shocking” Discovery on the San Joaquin River, Wetlands …

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Dec 11 2014

Delta Stewardship Council, November meeting wrap-up: Delta Levee Investment Strategy and other meeting notes

Coverage of the Delta Stewardship Council’s November meeting wraps up today with the Delta Levee Investment Strategy Monthly Update, and meeting notes on the Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee meeting, the Interim Science Action Agenda, and the Lead Scientist’s report. Delta Levee Investment Strategy Monthly Update Topics in this month’s Delta Levee Investment Strategy update …

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Dec 10 2014

Daily Digest: Biggest storm in nearly ten years heads towards California, House passes drought bill, but Senate approval unlikely, scientists debate NOAA’s finding on the drought and more …

In California water news today, Biggest storm in nearly ten years heads towards California, How many superstorms will it take to end the drought?, House passes GOP California drought bill, but Senate approval unlikely, Emergency drought relief money still unspent, California’s drought declared natural by NOAA, but some scientists are calling the report limited in …

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Dec 10 2014

Winter Season Preview: Is the Delta ready?

A ‘monster’ storm is bearing down on Northern California, the likes of which we’ve not seen in years, reports say.  And while the rain is welcome and sorely needed, too much water can cause flooding problems.  Is the Delta region ready? At the November 20th meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, the Council heard from …

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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

News Worth Noting: Metropolitan revises supply allocation plan, fast drought facts, and new report on water governance and climate change

Gearing up for more drought, Metroplitan board revises supply allocation plan, adds $40 million to rebate program: “In response to California’s record drought, Metropolitan Water District’s Board of Directors today revised the district’s region-wide, water allocation plan and added $40 million to its conservation rebate budget to keep pace with unparalleled public demand.  The adjusted …

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