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    Jun 19 2014

    Daily Digest: Update on federal drought legislation, water versus schools on November ballot?, LA City Committee says twin tunnels a costly necessity and more …

    In California water news today, update on federal drought legislation:  The life and death of a surprise drought measure; Anti-tunnel groups gear up to oppose water bonds; Could it be water versus schools on the November ballot?; Delta Plan a costly necessity, determines LA City Council’s Energy and Environment Committee; Groundwater sustainability the focus of …

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    Jun 19 2014

    News Worth Noting: Delta Stewardship Council moves forward with levee prioritization project, More concerns over Mammoth geothermal project, Santa Ynez River WCD declares shortage emergency, DWR’s draft Water-Energy Grant Program guidelines, Ski area water rights

    Delta Stewardship Council hires consultant, moves forward with levee prioritization project: “The Delta Stewardship Council (Council) approved a contract at its May 30 meeting hiring ARCADIS-USA to provide technical expertise and assist Council staff in developing a strategy to recommend priorities for state investments in Delta levee operation, maintenance, and improvements.  “This strategy will allow …

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    Jun 19 2014

    An update on potential new water storage projects, part 3: Preliminary results of California water storage projects survey

    The CalFed surface storage investigations were looking primarily at large reservoirs, but there are substantially more options for smaller, regional reservoirs that could add to local water supply reliability, but provide statewide benefits as well.  At the request of the Delta Stewardship Council, the California Water Commission teamed up with the Association of California Water …

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    Jun 19 2014

    Science news and reports: Wine, salmon, and climate change on the Russian River, new innovations from old engineering, Delta fish populations research, El Nino, droughts, carbon in Western rivers, and more …

    This week’s science headlines:  Pairing wine with salmon: Climate lessons from California; New innovations from old engineering; Delta Fish Populations – The Research of Delta Science Fellow Matt Young; The Symphony Aquatic; Delta Stewardship Council Approves Comments on BDCP Draft EIR/EIS – Hears Multiple BDCP Reviews; Two great science communication tools for conferences and teaching: …

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    Jun 18 2014

    Daily Digest: Congress tackles drought relief, Rally against planned curtailments, flows boosted in the American River, the water bond, emergency drought regs, and much more …

    In California water news today, Congress tackling drought relief; Rally planned against San Joaquin River curtailments; Report:  California has a long way to go on water conservation; Vote on water bond could come as early as this week; State regulators regain right over Russian River water drain; State Water Board to consider adopting emergency drought …

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    Jun 18 2014

    News Worth Noting: Poll: Californians say drought is new normal, State Water Board fact sheet on urban water use and conservation survey, Inland Empire Utilities Agency meeting 20% call for conservation

    Poll:  Californians say drought is the “new normal”; favor investments in long-term solutions: “Californians believe this year’s record drought is the “new normal” and favor investments in long‐term solutions over short‐term fixes, according to a poll released today by the California Water Foundation. The poll, conducted by a bipartisan team of pollsters ‐‐ the Democratic …

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    Jun 18 2014

    An update on potential new water storage projects, part 2: Potential beneficiaries talk about Sites, Temperance Flat and other storage projects

    The CalFed storage investigations have been underway for decades.  As the feasibility studies round to an end, presumably, and a decision point nears, will there be any takers for the water?  In this next panel, Thad Bettner, General Manager for the Glenn Colusa Irrigation District, discusses the North of Delta Offstream Storage  project, more commonly …

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    Jun 17 2014

    Daily Digest: Drinking water program moves, Pro-Auburn dam gathering renews support for project, Tehama County groundwater subbasins at historic lows, and more, plus State Water Board on webcast

    In California water news today, leadership of drinking water program shifts; Drought is a drain on lake and reservoir tourism; Why aren’t sales of fireworks banned in drought conditions?; High temperatures add to drought woes for farmers; The green lawn: American staple or water waster?; Groundwater levels vary across Tehama County, reach historic lows in …

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    Jun 17 2014

    Blog round-up: Will the drought extend in 2015? Peter Gleick on solving CA’s water problems, and plotting the Delta Dialogue’s future, plus water conservation, efficiency, groundwater, a Delta smelt song, and more …

    Will the drought extend into 2015?  Jay Lund and Jeff Mount at the California Water Blog write:  “Debates over how to manage California’s critically dry water supplies this year have displaced most discussion about water next year.  This year’s drought is bad, but another dry year that begins with even lower groundwater and reservoir levels …

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    Jun 17 2014

    An update on potential new water storage projects, part 1: An update on CalFed surface storage investigations and an overview of water storage

    Increasing water storage, both above and below ground, has become a part of the conversation as the state grapples with the critically dry conditions. At the April meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, the issue took center stage as Council members heard from three different panels.  In this first panel, Jason Phillips, Deputy Regional Director …

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    Jun 17 2014

    News Worth Noting: Sacramento significantly reduces water use, DFW moves fish at American River hatcheries, and NOAA and Western Governor’s sign MOU

    Sacramento Region Significantly Reduces Water Use in Response to Drought: “Sacramento-area residents have reduced their water use by more than 18 percent compared to use during the past two years, according to an analysis by the Regional Water Authority (RWA), which represents water providers in Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado and Yolo counties. The findings come …

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    Jun 16 2014

    Article to note: Capitol Weekly reports compromise reached on water bond

    From Capitol Weekly: “After months of negotiations to rewrite the controversial $11.14 billion water bond on California’s November ballot, a compromise has been reached on a $10.5 billion plan that includes $3 billion for reservoirs and groundwater storage, and $1 billion for groundwater cleanup in the L.A. basin.  The big question is whether Gov. Brown …

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    Jun 16 2014

    Daily Digest: Another year of drought – what are the odds? plus National Geographic photo essay from the Central Valley, experts weigh in on strategies for surviving water shortages and more

    In California water news today, a fourth year of drought: What are the odds?; Weather officials say long hot summer ahead; Drought drying up honey supply; The No-Water Way: “Dry farming” is a thing again in drought-stricken California; Why so many Americans don’t care about the drought; Grazing on federal land under threat from drought; …

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    Jun 16 2014

    Reservoir and water conditions for June 16, 2014

    Here are the latest reservoir and water conditions … Note: Individual storage graphs now available and included. 562 total views, no views today

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    Jun 16 2014

    The internet guide to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan

    The comment period for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan will draw to a close on July 29, reaching an important milestone on the road to a decision point.  Of course, we’re not there yet.  After the public comment period closes, the comments will be considered and the substantive comments responded to, and final documents prepared.  …

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