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    Oct 19 2014

    Daily Digest, weekend edition: Desalination, drought, sequoias, the water bond and more news and commentary, plus Peter Gleick on when our responses to drought make things worse

    In California water news this weekend, could desalination solve California’s water woes?, giant sequoias may surprise us in a warmer future, State Water Board tinkering with rations idea, trees vs humans, duck hunters worried multimillion dollar business could dry up in the drought, mixed conclusions on cause of the drought, The big question:  Will it …

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    Oct 17 2014

    Daily Digest: Winter rains not likely to ease drought, Feds sued over dead steelhead, modernizing drought water allocations, and more news and commentary …

    In California water news today, Winter rains not likely to ease drought, Temperance Flat Dam plan is flawed, say critics at Fresno forum, Feds sued over dead steelhead,  Native American communities most at risk in California drought, Drought creates an unexpected casualty: sports, Is California heading towards another Dust Bowl?, New website explains water bond …

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    Oct 17 2014

    Website notes: Maven on the road, what to expect in the upcoming weeks …

    I’m off on the road today, headed to the environmental lawyer’s conference in Yosemite.  I’m scheduled to be on a media panel on Sunday where I get to give advice to lawyers on how to deal with the crazies on the internet – seems I have some experience with that   From there, I’ll be …

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    Oct 17 2014

    News Worth Noting: C-WIN says Obama selling out to Westlands Water District; California Water Foundation Launches Proposition 1 Public Education Campaign, Water bond funding summary, Metropolitan increases local incentives program

    C-WIN press release: Obama selling out to Westlands Water District: “Obama administration officials have reached a settlement with the largest irrigation district in the United States that forgives nearly $400 million in debt, provides massive quantities of subsidized water to corporate agriculture without acreage limitations, and allows continued pollution of state waterways. The agreement is …

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    Oct 17 2014

    Friday Flashback: California water and the Delta through the eyes of Melinda Terry, Kate Poole, and Chuck Bonham

    Friday Flashbacks are a new weekly feature where I’ll dig into the archives and bring out some older posts that still have relevance today.  In the fall of 2013, Emily DeMarco wrote a series of posts which examined Delta and California water issues through the eyes of North Delta Water Agency’s Melinda Terry, the NRDC’s …

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    Oct 16 2014

    Join the club and help support Maven’s Notebook!

    Dear Readers, When I started this blog two and a half years ago, I have to admit, I didn’t have any expectation of what it would become; I only knew that I wanted to create an outlet that would comprehensively cover the world of California water, and do so in a way that hadn’t been …

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    Oct 16 2014

    Daily Digest: Prop 1 sparks heated debate, DWR must reopen environmental review on Kern Water Bank, An El Niño double dip?, 2014-2015 winter outlook and more …

    In California water news today, Prop 1 sparks heated debate over water resources, DWR must reopen environmental review on Kern Water Bank, the West is bone dry – here’s how to help, time for a serious policy on water pricing, hydroelectric power cut in half during drought – State using more natural gas, EPA announces …

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    Oct 16 2014

    Science news and reports: It was the perfect fish study, until nature messed it up, the fishy food chain, study finds 1934 drought worst of the last millennium and more …

    In science news this week, It was the perfect fish study, until nature messed it up, the fishy food chain, study finds 1934 drought worst of the last millennium, Drought: Questions of survival, Fish moving poleward at a rate of 26 kilometers per decade, The mystery of Alaska’s Chinook salmon decline, Researchers assess risks to …

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    Oct 16 2014

    Delta Conservancy September Board Meeting: Wildlife Friendly Agricultural Practices in the Delta, preparing for the water bond, and more …

    On September 24th, the Board of Directors of the Delta Conservancy held their quarterly meeting.  On the agenda, a presentation on a new program for bird-friendly agricultural practices being rolled out in the Delta later this year, and a discussion on initial preparations for potential water bond funds. Applying bird-friendly agricultural practices in the Delta …

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    Oct 15 2014

    Daily Digest: For the wealthy, drought is a problem money can’t fix; high temperatures intensified drought; big debut for Hetch Hetchy water tunnel; water bond splits environmentalists and more news and commentary …

    In California water news today, for the wealthy, drought is a problem money can’t fix; High temperatures intensified California drought; Water bond splits environmentalists; Proposition 1 “Cheat Sheet”; Water board will ease curtailments during storms; agritourism operations deal with lack of water; Santa Cruz enforces California’s toughest drought restrictions; Supervisors vote to move ahead with …

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    Oct 15 2014

    News Worth Noting: Army Corps, water agencies and National Fish & Wildlife Foundation partner on wetland restoration; Supreme Court denies petition for review in Russian River frost protection case; LA Mayor issues drought directive; NRDC and CA Water Foundation respond

    Corps, water agencies, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation partner on wetland restoration: “The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District, along with several state and federal regulatory agencies, approved a new program by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation which offers a new option for mitigating unavoidable impacts to California’s aquatic resources, including wetlands. The …

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    Oct 15 2014

    Urban water conservation programs: How effective are they?

    As the exceptionally dry conditions continue, the Governor and agency officials plead for water users to conserve, and water agencies across the state have responded by rolling out an array of water conservation programs in order to encourage consumers to use less water.  But just how effective are these programs?  Kurt Schwabe, Associate Professor of …

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    Oct 14 2014

    Daily Digest: Study shows fault near key CA water supply infrastructure among 4 at risk of major quake, Gov accused of heavy-handed pressure SWP contracts, Calaveras County Supe wants County to cash in on snowpack and more news and commentary …

    In California water news today, study shows fault near key California water supply infrastructure among 4 at risk of major quake, Governor accused of heavy-handed pressure in an end run to build Delta water tunnels, County Supervisor Edson wants Calaveras County to cash in on snowpack, How too many trees contribute to California’s drought, Campaign …

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    Oct 14 2014

    News Worth Noting: C-WIN on State Water Project Contract Extensions, No on Prop. 1 says water bond does not have “near-unanimous” support, Two petitions filed seeking Supreme Court review of Delta smelt case, CDPR’s Surface Water Protection Program, new exhibit at Met headquarters

    Brown Administration Gets Ugly Over State Water Project Contract Extension:  “A proposed Environmental Impact Report on a long-term extension of State Water Project contracts threatens regional and local water agencies with delivery cutbacks if they don’t sign on to the deal.  A coalition of water policy reform advocates is opposing the proposed EIR, characterizing it …

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    Oct 14 2014

    Radio show transcript: Michael Jackson, water rights lawyer, on California’s water history, the twin tunnels, and how this affects Northern California groundwater

    Jim Brobeck, water policy analyst for AquAlliance, interviewed water rights attorney Michael Jackson for a radio show which broadcast on Chico’s KZFR radio on September 12. During the interview, they discussed the history of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Watersheds, the twin tunnels, the water bond, and how these far flung water schemes impact Northern Sacramento Valley …

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