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    Aug 24 2014

    What’s on the calendar for this week and beyond …

    Time to open up those calendars and note any of these events that are of interest to you … Coming up this week … Los Angeles Public Meeting on Monday, August 25 to Discuss Groundwater Monitoring in Areas of Oil and Gas Production: “On August 25, The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) …

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    Aug 24 2014

    Daily Digest, weekend edition: Time running out for federal legislation, feds to release water for Klamath salmon, bond funding for conservancies, drought fears in wine country and more …

    In California water news this weekend, time running out for federal legislation, federal agency to release extra water for Klamath salmon as farm districts protest, bond funds conservancies with unclear water role, drought fears in wine country, water witches in demand, pressure chambers help Valley farmers save water, a Central Valley road trip shows the …

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    Aug 23 2014

    Congressman Jared Huffman and the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority respond to Feds decision to release water for Klamath salmon

    Yesterday, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced that it will be releasing water over the next several weeks to aid chinook salmon on the Klamath and Trinity rivers.  Both Congressman Jared Huffman and the San Luis-Delta Mendota Water Authority gave media statements, each with a very different reaction. From Congressman Jared Huffman: Congressman Huffman applauds …

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    Aug 22 2014

    This just in … Reclamation to Release Additional Water to Supplement Flows in the Lower Klamath River

    From the Bureau of Reclamation: The Bureau of Reclamation will release additional water from Trinity Reservoir to supplement flows in the lower Klamath River to help protect the returning run of adult Chinook salmon. The public is urged to take all necessary precautions on or near the river while flows are high during this period. …

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    Aug 22 2014

    Daily Digest: Extreme drought causing land to rise upward, groundwater bills stirring debate, tougher sewage rules for Sacramento County and more, plus only in CA: take the #dirtbucketchallenge

    In California water news today, extreme drought causing land to rise upward, GPS tracking West’s vanishing water, California farm groups fret over groundwater bills, Desert water agencies oppose groundwater legislation as currently written, Wolk bill would require reporting of water system leaks, court ruling means tougher sewage rules in Sacramento County, California drought continues to …

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    Aug 22 2014

    News Worth Noting: USGS releases California water use estimates for 2010; Desert Water Agency opposes groundwater legislation; LA meeting on groundwater monitoring for fracking; Pesticide restrictions for some Central Valley counties

    USGS: California Water Use Estimates for 2010 Released:  “About 38 billion gallons per day (42,000,000 acre-feet per year) of water were withdrawn from groundwater and surface-water sources in California in 2010, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey dataset, which is now available online. To put the quantity in perspective, this daily amount is equivalent …

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    Aug 21 2014

    Daily Digest: Groundwater bills amended, floor vote expected next week; CA turns to natural gas as drought stifles hydropower, jellyfish in Lake Oroville, fish friendly river intake, O.C. swimming pools targeted and more …

    In California water news today, groundwater bills amended; floor vote expected next week; drought has state debating its unregulated pumping, Fresno watchdog sues over Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, drinking out of a paper cup, California turns to natural gas as drought stifles hydropower; amid drought, many wildfires but no disasters yet; California drought stings bees and …

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    Aug 21 2014

    News Worth Noting: Study: Water conservation strategy should consider health, cost, and community concerns, too; ACWA’s Quinn on groundwater legislation, legal analysis of Stockton East Water District court decision, MCWD files lawsuit over geothermal project

    Study: Water conservation strategy should consider health, cost, and community concerns, too: “In April, California Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order asking residents to reduce their water consumption by 20 percent. That hasn’t happened. Since then, the state’s dry conditions have worsened, with more than 80 percent of California now in an extreme drought …

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    Aug 21 2014

    Science news and reports: how dust could solve California’s drought, native ecosystems being blitzed by drought as the search for Sierra fish goes from bad to worse, the trouble with minijacks, and more …

    Novel ecosystems arise when human activities transform biological communities through species invasions and environmental change. They are seemingly ubiquitous, and thus many policymakers and ecologists argue for them to be accepted as the “new normal”—an idea the researchers say is a bad one.Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-08-scientific-team-criticizes-ecosystems-policymakers.html#jCp In science news this week, how dust could solve …

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    Aug 20 2014

    Daily Digest: Rights to California surface water far greater than average runoff, Fresno group files lawsuit over SF water usage, lawmakers move to protect the state’s collapsing groundwater supply, XKCD does the CA drought and more …

    In California water news today, rights to California surface water far greater than average runoff, Fresno group files lawsuit over water usage in San Francisco, lawmakers move to protect the state’s collapsing groundwater supply, Governor Brown says drought concerns helped build support for water bond, ACWA Board votes unanimously to support water bond, voters to …

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    Aug 20 2014

    Radio transcript: BBC’s Business Daily talks drought with the Delta Conservancy’s Campbell Ingram and DWR’s Paul Helliker

    From the BBC’s radio show, Business Daily: Business Daily travels to California where the worst drought in four decades is hitting farmers hard. Justin Rowlatt visits Ron Cardella’s farm and winery where he is having to pump groundwater and make tough choices about which crops to save. Peter Vallis of the San Joaquin Valley Winegrowers …

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    Aug 20 2014

    Drought: An insidious stress on wildlife

    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.  In this webinar, Greg Giusti, a Cooperative Extension Advisor in Forest and Wildland Ecology in Mendocino County discusses …

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    Aug 20 2014

    News Worth Noting: Sustainable ag groups support water bond, State Water Board approves school stormwater program, lessons from Kansas on groundwater management

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    New Water Bond Aims Funding at Agricultural Water Savings – Sustainable Agriculture Groups Support: “California farmers and ranchers have something to celebrate in the new water bond, recently approved by the legislature and Governor Brown for the November ballot. The water bond includes $100 million for water use efficiency projects in agricultural and urban areas. …

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    Aug 19 2014

    This just in … Study says California has allocated five times more surface water than the state actually has

    From U.C. Davis: “California has allocated five times more surface water than the state actually has, making it hard for regulators to tell whose supplies should be cut during a drought, University of California researchers reported. The scientists said California’s water-rights regulator, the State Water Resources Control Board, needs a systematic overhaul of policies and …

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    Aug 19 2014

    Daily Digest: 98.8% of California in ‘severe’ drought, inceased ag values mask drought concerns, Monterey to consider catching water from the air, Senator Wolk says the water bond is good for the Delta and more …

    In California water news today, report says ‘severe’ drought covers nearly 99.8% of California, the amazing drought statistics, increased ag values mask California drought concerns, making water work better, and inside California’s $7.5 billion drought-survival plan, plus more news and commentary … In the news today … ‘Severe’ drought covers nearly 99.8% of California, report …

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