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    Jul 31 2014

    This just in … GOP releases statement on drought negotiations: Progress made but negotiations to continue

    From Congressman David Valadao’s office: On Thursday, July 31, 2014, Members of the California Republican Delegation (Reps. LaMalfa (CA-01), McClintock (CA-04), Denham (CA-10), Valadao (CA-21), Nunes (CA-22), McCarthy (CA-23), Calvert (CA-42)) issued the following statement regarding current negotiations between the House of Representatives and the Senate to address the California drought: “California’s drought continues to …

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    Jul 31 2014

    Daily Digest: Feds end water releases to Trinity-Klamath Rivers, Delta tunnel plan called a fish death sentence by key group, waterfowl newest casualty of drought, the latest on the Delta smelt court case and more …

    In California water news today, Feds end preventative fish kill water releases to Trinity-Klamath Rivers, California’s biggest water source shrouded in secrecy, Delta tunnel plan called a fish death sentence by key group, North American waterfowl are newest casualty of California’s drought, the latest developments in the Delta smelt court case, and how dammed Denver …

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    Jul 31 2014

    California Water Commission, part 3: An update on Sites Reservoir

    At the July 16 meeting of the California Water Commission, Jim Weiking from the Department of Water Resources and Thad Bettner with the Glenn Colusa Irrigation District gave a presentation on the North of Delta Offstream Storage Project (NODOS), otherwise known as Sites Reservoir.  Their presentation included a detailed discussion on how Sites would add …

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    Jul 31 2014

    Science news and reports: A link between tropical deforestation and drought, new system for detecting mercury, El Nino still undecided, fish hackathons and more …

    California Regulators See Potential Link between Tropical Deforestation and Drought:  ” … Severe drought conditions in the US state of California have led state officials to impose criminal penalties for water wasters. The drought could also help make the case that California should allow projects aimed at curbing tropical deforestation into the state’s carbon trading …

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    Jul 31 2014

    News Worth Noting: State Water Contractors and the Nature Conservancy on the BDCP; Water in the West’s new website on California groundwater

    BDCP Comment Period closes: Leading Business Organizations Submit BDCP Comment Letters Stating the Project is a Necessary Investment in the Future of California’s Economy: “The public comment period for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDC) concluded yesterday. California business leaders and organizations submitted comment letters stressing that the plan is a necessary investment in protecting …

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    Jul 30 2014

    Daily Digest: Public comment period on the BDCP ends, new statewide water waste prohibitions take effect, citrus growers and legislators push for putting water bond on ballot, 10 California cities running out of water, and more …

    In California water news today, public comment period on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan ends, new statewide water waste prohibitions take effect, citrus growers and legislators push for putting water bond on ballot, craft brewers fear drought could atler business – and the beer, drought shaming promotes resentment and snark, ten California cities running out …

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    Jul 30 2014

    Metropolitan Bay-Delta Committee hears a science update on the longfin smelt

    At the July 22 meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta, David Fullerton, Principal Resource Manager, discussed the cooperative studies that are underway with the Department of Fish and Wildlife and UC Davis to develop more understanding of some basic questions about the longfin smelt. The longfin smelt in the Bay-Delta are …

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    Jul 30 2014

    California Water Commission, part 2: An update on the implementation of the California Water Action Plan

    At the July 16 meeting of the California Water Commission, Kris Tjernell, Special Assistant for Water Policy with the Natural Resources Agency, gave an update on the implementation of the California Water Action Plan. “Sustainable water management is the overarching goal for water policy in California, and there are a lot of definitions of what …

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    Jul 30 2014

    News Worth Noting, BDCP edition: Congressmen Garamendi & Huffman, The Bay Institute, Golden Gate Salmon Assn, and NRDC comment on the close of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan public review period

    Congressman Garamendi Argues BDCP’s Twin Tunnels Project Fails to Include Full Range of Better Alternatives as Required by State & Federal Law in Public Comments for Environmental Report: “Yesterday, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA), a leader on water policy in California, released his public comments to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) on the Governor’s …

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    Jul 30 2014

    News Worth Noting: Pacific Institute fact sheet on ag water conservation and efficiency, DFW asking landowners to report waterfowl mortality, House passes the Endangered Species Transparency and Reasonableness Act

    Fact Sheet Illustrates Multiple Benefits of Water Conservation and Efficiency for California Agriculture: “A new fact sheet and infographic from the Pacific Institute illustrate how water-efficiency strategies provide important benefits to farmers, ecosystems, and society.  California farmers have made progress in updating and modernizing irrigation practices, but despite past efforts, great untapped potential remains to …

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    Jul 29 2014

    Daily Digest: Final day for comments to be submitted on the BDCP, lawmakers prepare final push for groundwater legislation, fish deaths raise concerns for future droughts, and more …

    In California water news today, final day for comments to be submitted on the BDCP, lawmakers are preparing a final push for groundwater legislation, fish deaths raise concerns for future drought effects, the historic drought is crippling local economies, and annoying minor floods increasing on coastal U.S., plus more news and commentary  … In the …

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    Jul 29 2014

    This just in … Mandatory water conservation regulation goes into effect

    From the State Water Resources Control Board: “On July 29, 2014, an emergency regulation to increase conservation practices for all Californians went into effect.  The new conservation regulation targets outdoor urban water use.  In some areas of the State, 50 percent or more of daily water use is for lawns and outdoor landscaping. This regulation …

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    Jul 29 2014

    Metropolitan’s Bay-Delta Committee hears on update on the State Water Board’s actions in the Delta … are illegal diversions occurring?

    At the July 22 meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta, attorney Becky Sheehan updated committee members on the State Water Resources Control Board’s activities as they relate to the Bay Delta. She began with a little history, noting that this extremely dry year was preceded by two very dry years.  Earlier …

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    Jul 29 2014

    Blog round-up: Restoring salmon runs in the Sac Valley, water for the environment, groundwater and more, plus 5 things that hippies get wrong about water

    Restoring salmon runs in the Sacramento Valley: Time for action!  David Guy writes:  “For the past several decades, leaders in the Sacramento Valley have been developing innovative partnerships and projects to improve salmon, while assuring reliable water supplies for farms, birds, cities and rural communities. These efforts have significantly improved the migratory corridors and habitat …

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    Jul 29 2014

    News Worth Noting: Congressional Research Service report on federal drought legislation; Settlement will prevent sewage discharges into SF Bay, Lower American River salmonid habitat project to begin, Restore the Delta experts criticize BDCP, Owens Valley Committee on Lower Owens River summit

    Congressional Research Service: Federal Response to Drought in California: An Analysis of S. 2198 and H.R. 3964: ” … This report discusses the similarities and differences between two bills that have been passed by their respective chambers: H.R. 3964, which passed the House on February 5, 2014; and S. 2198, which passed the Senate on …

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