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    Nov 18 2014

    Daily Digest: High court allows delta water contracts to be challenged, Enviro groups offer drought solutions, Ranchers questioning drought monitor accuracy, Designing CA cities for long-term drought, and more …

    In California water news today, High court allows delta water contracts to be challenged, Environmental groups offer drought solutions, Ranchers questioning accuracy of U.S. Drought Monitor, Designing California Cities for a Long-Term Drought, Farmers shift to permanent crops, despite water uncertainty, Faced with drought, even firefighters conserve water, Drought Brings Boom for Water Delivery Trucks, …

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    Nov 18 2014

    Bay Delta Science Conference: The Delta Science Plan and the Interim Science Action Agenda

    The Delta Science Plan was completed in 2013 and serves as our framework for building the vision of ‘One Delta, One Science,’ which means an open Delta science community that works together to build a shared state of knowledge with the capacity to adapt and inform current and future water and environmental decisions in the …

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    Nov 18 2014

    Bloggers on the drought, 60 minutes omission, groundwater, the water bond, clean water rule, and more …

    Competing water futures for California:  “California is at a crossroads.  One path offers green cities, sustainable farms, flowing rivers, and thriving fish and wildlife.  The other promises desiccated rivers, waterless taps, bird-free skies, and the parched remnants of fields abandoned after the wells run dry.  The better path is clear.  Whether policymakers choose to follow …

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    Nov 18 2014

    News Worth Noting: Foresthill Public Utility District partners with Nevada Irrigation District on LiDAR mapping project, Obama Administration releases Climate Resilience Toolkit for communities, Metropolitan dedicates courtyard in honor of Jack Foley

    Foresthill Public Utility District Partners with Nevada Irrigation District on LiDAR Mapping Project: “The Foresthill Public Utility District (FPUD) announced today a partnership agreement with the Nevada Irrigation District (NID) of Grass Valley, CA. In a pact that will benefit each district, both parties will share certain costs on an aerial mapping project that uses …

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    Nov 17 2014

    Coalition Releases Comprehensive Recommendations to Help California’s Cities, Farms and Environment Weather the Drought

    From the Natural Resources Defense Council: As dreams of a wet, El Niño winter fade and California heads into a possible fourth consecutive year of drought, a coalition of 15 environmental, fishing and public policy organizations released a set of recommended actions to modernize California’s water system and respond to the drought. The drought has …

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    Nov 17 2014

    Daily Digest: 60 minutes on California water, Sacramento’s salmon run in full swing, but drought still a worry, and more …

    In California water news today, 60 minutes on California water, Sacramento’s salmon run in full swing, but drought still a worry, With drought the new normal, California farmers find they have to change, Researcher helps rancher deal with drought, Claim: There is natural gas fracking in the Delta now, Drought blamed for rise in abandoned, …

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    Nov 17 2014

    News Worth Noting: Curtailments lifted for the Russian River watershed, Central Coast Water Board approves Cambria Emergency Drought Project, Historic agreement reached on Owens Lake Dust mitigation, San Diego countywide water use increases 6% in October

    Curtailments lifted for the Russian River watershed:  “The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) is lifting the water right curtailment for all post-1914 water right permits and licenses in the Russian River watershed. This action is based on reduced diversion demands after October 31st, water conservation savings in the watershed, and recent increases in tributary flows.  Unless …

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    Nov 17 2014

    Water Marketing, Groundwater Banking & Drought Management in California

    The University of California’s Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR) has developed a series of webinars titled Insights: Water and Drought which feature timely, relevant expertise on water and drought from experts around the University of California system.  Ellen Hanak is an economist and water policy specialist with the Public Policy Institute of California, a nonpartisan …

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    Nov 16 2014

    Reservoir and water conditions for November 16

    Here are the latest reservoir and water conditions, a little early as I’m on the road today, headed up to Sacramento for the week. 1,055 total views, 1 views today

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    Nov 16 2014

    Daily Digest, weekend edition: Report says tunnel project will jack up users’ bills & carries caveats, Delta tunnels the next big water fight, Oroville levels dropping (with photos) while water theivery is rising, and more …

    In California water news this weekend, $25 billion delta tunnel project will jack up users’ bills, Tunnel report carries caveats, Delta tunnels the next big water fight, Drought photos – See Lake Oroville fall near historic low over 20 months, Water thievery among the rise in California, Drought hits San Mateo County particularly hard, Water …

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    Nov 15 2014

    Metropolitan Water District, Restore the Delta, and the State Water Contractors react to release of BDCP financing report

    There really wasn’t much of a reaction to the report on BDCP funding that was released on Friday. (You can read the press release here, and the media call transcript here.) Here’s are the statements I have received, listed by organization name in alphabetical order.  I’ll continue to add any other statements from agencies or …

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    Nov 15 2014

    California Weather Blog: A dry start to autumn for most of California as amplified North American pattern continues; Prospects for rain murky

    From the California Weather Blog: “A rather extraordinary sequence of atmospheric events has unfolded over the Pacific Ocean and across adjacent North America over the past week or so. The current pattern is strongly reminiscent of the extremely high amplitude wave pattern that dominated most of winter 2013-2014 and the latter half of 2012-2013. While …

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    Nov 14 2014

    Media call on latest BDCP Affordability and Financing Considerations report, plus a brief update on when to expect the recirculated BDCP docs

    This morning, the California Natural Resources Agency held a media call regarding the release of the report, The Bay Delta Conveyance Facility: Affordability and Financing Considerations.  On the call today was Karla Nemeth, policy advisor to Governor Brown on water and also the lead on the BDCP, Tim Gage, former finance director for the State …

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    Nov 14 2014

    California Treasurer’s Office Releases Report on BDCP Affordability and Financing; Urban and Agricultural Users Have Capacity to Pay Their Share of Costs

    From the California Natural Resources Agency: The California State Treasurer’s Office released The Bay Delta Conveyance Facility: Affordability and Financing Considerations, a study of affordability for the water facility construction proposed in the Public Review Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). This independent study, requested by the California Natural Resources Agency, was commissioned by the California …

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    Nov 14 2014

    Daily Digest: State says California can afford twin tunnels, State Water Board Lifts Curtailments, Experts say drought not likely to end this winter

    In California water news today, State says California can afford twin tunnel project, Gov. Jerry Brown Says Drought will Test “Political Capacity to Collaborate, State Water Resources Control Board Lifts Curtailments for Pre-1954 Water Rights Holders, California drought not likely to end this winter, experts say, and much more …  In the news today … …

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