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    Jul 26 2014

    News Worth Noting: New Delta Conservancy Board Chair selected, BDCP a necessary investment say business leaders, City of Glendale fined for underground storage tank violations, Folsom Dam spillway

    New Delta Conservancy Board Chair selected:  “Jim Provenza, Yolo County supervisor, was selected as the chair of the Conservancy Board on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Supervisor Provenza has been a board member since its inception in June 2010 and replaces two-term  Chair Ken Vogel, San Joaquin County Supervisor. Dan Taylor, an Assembly appointee, was selected as …

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    Jul 25 2014

    Daily Digest: Senator Wolk says of SB848: “It’s all about control”, drought shaming water wasters, and in the Colorado River Basin, groundwater is disappearing much faster than Lake Mead, plus more news and commentary

    In California water news today, Senator Wolk says of SB848: “It’s all about control”; State water bond talks to resume on Friday with Wolk at the helm; Friends of the River accuses BDCP backers of suppression of free speech, drought shaming water wasters, USDA to provide $9.7 million for rural water systems, and in the …

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    Jul 25 2014

    DWR & Reclamation write State Water Board, allege water being wrongly diverted from the South and Central Delta

    The California Department of Water Resources and the Bureau of Reclamation have written a letter to the Deputy Director of the State Water Resources Control Board Division of Water Rights, asking her to use her authorities to order south and central Delta diverters to provide supporting information for their asserted water rights, as well as …

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    Jul 25 2014

    News Worth Noting: NASA study finds 75% of water loss in Colorado River Basin is from groundwater, San Diego CWA calls for mandatory water use restrictions, weekly drought report

    NASA study finds 75% of water loss in Colorado River Basin is from groundwater:  “A new study by scientists from NASA and the University of California, Irvine, has found that over 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources. The extent of groundwater loss may pose …

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    Jul 25 2014

    Army Corps Delta Islands and Levees Feasibility Study and the interim policy for the Levee Rehabilitation Program

    At the June 26 meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, representatives from the Army Corps were present to update the Council on the interim results of the Delta Islands and Levees Feasibility Study, as well as the Corps’ interim policy for the Levee Rehabilitation Program. The Army Corps Delta Islands and Levees Feasibility Study Cindy …

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    Jul 24 2014

    Daily Digest: PPIC poll finds Californians back smaller water bond, drought becomes top environmental priority for Californians, Major California reservoirs below 50% capacity as drought wears on, NASA images show drought turniing state brown and more …

    In California water news today, PPIC poll finds Californians back smaller water bond, drought becomes top environmental priority for Californians, survey says it’s the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, why the California drought affects everyone, California sees jump in brush fires, NASA images show drought turning the state brown, and property taxes can be hiked for BDCP …

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    Jul 24 2014

    News Worth Noting: Legal analysis of federal court decision denying challenge to water transfers, updated urban water survey data, Integrated Water Management 2013 Annual Report

    Legal Analysis:  Federal District Court Denies Environmental Groups’ NEPA Challenge to Summer 2014 Delta Water Transfers: “On July 11, 2014, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California issued a ruling denying a motion for preliminary injunction seeking to bar the United States Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) from approving or carrying out …

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    Jul 24 2014

    Science news and reports: Putting a price tag on nature, big data to guide conservation efforts, water governance and the sustainability wheel, and more …

    Putting a Price Tag on Nature: Part 2: “In our last Fish Report, we discussed a new approach to conservation that highlights the benefits of natural resources by calculating their economic value. Millions of dollars are spent each year on fisheries monitoring programs along the West Coast of the U.S. It is critical to monitor …

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    Jul 24 2014

    California Water Blog: Reconciling ecosystem and economy

    From yours truly at the California Water Blog: “A growing number of ecologists say we need to rethink how we go about “saving nature.” We should not attempt to restore a wounded meadow, estuary or wetland to some legendary pristine state, they say. Instead, resource managers should accept that human footprints are everywhere and manage …

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    Jul 23 2014

    Latest PPIC poll on Californians and the environment: 75% say residents should be required to cut water use; 51% of likely voters back $11.1 billion water bond, and more …

    From the Public Policy Institute of California: How concerned are Californians about climate change and its effects? What do they think about state efforts to mitigate global warming, regulate greenhouse emissions, and address water needs?  The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) has just released the results of its latest survey based on a telephone …

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    Jul 23 2014

    Daily Digest: Property taxes could pay for tunnel project without public vote, NorCal town asks for water to be trucked in, and more

    In California water news today, property taxes could pay for tunnel project without public vote, Northern California town asks for water to be trucked in, brown lawns can’t draw penalties from HOA’s under new law, ACWA members report outdoor restrictions already in place in many areas, drought to affect energy costs this year and next, …

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    Jul 23 2014

    California Water Commission hears a brief update about organizational changes at DWR regarding the BDCP

    At the July 16th meeting of the California Water Commission, the Deputy Director of the Department of Water Resources (DWR) Laura King Moon gave a brief update about organizational changes they are making at DWR in anticipation of completion of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). Laura King Moon began by reminding that BDCP is …

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    Jul 23 2014

    News Worth Noting: New PPIC fact sheet on water use, updated fact sheet on emergency water conservation regulations, enviro docs for Placer County-Westlands transfer, EIR certified for controversial geothermal project, Martis Creek Lake reopens

    New PPIC Fact Sheet on water use:  “The current drought is exposing major challenges across all sectors of the state’s water use—environmental, agricultural, and urban. This fact sheet outlines how California’s water is allocated, clarifying a complex system in which water is used—and reused—throughout the state.”  Read the fact sheet here:  Water Use in California …

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    Jul 22 2014

    Daily Digest: Shrinking water supply has geologists worried about sinking Central Valley, California was hotter than ever during first half of 2014, an unlikely drought impact: Refined California surf and more

    In California water news today: Shrinking water supply has geologists worried about sinking Central Valley, California was hotter than ever during first half of 2014, An unlikely drought impact:  Refined California surf, State in severe danger of lightning-caused wildfires, California taxpayers may be stuck with BDCP costs, says critic, Climate scientists have a beef with …

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    Jul 22 2014

    NOAA and CDFW release federal recovery plan for salmon and steelhead

    From the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and NOAA: NOAA Fisheries and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) today jointly released two plans to restore populations of salmon and steelhead in California’s Central Valley: NOAA Fisheries’ Chinook Salmon and Steelhead Recovery Plan and CDFW’s Ecosystem Restoration Program (ERP) Conservation Strategy. The two …

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