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    May 30 2014

    This just in … Agency officials discuss release of Bay Delta Conservation Plan Implementing Agreement and extension of the public comment period

    Coinciding with the release of the Implementing Agreement, the Natural Resources Agency held a media call this morning to discuss both the release of the agreement and the extension of the public comment period. Participating in the call were Karla Nemeth, Deputy Secretary for Water Policy at the Natural Resources Agency; Mark Cowin, Director of …

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    May 30 2014

    This just in … Draft BDCP Implementation Agreement released; Public comment period extended to July 29

    From the California Natural Resources Agency: “Lead federal and state agencies on Friday announced they have extended by more than a month the time available for the public to comment on the draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), so that a public comment period that would otherwise end June 13 will run to July 29. …

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    May 30 2014

    Daily Digest: Thousands ordered to stop pumping from streams, Delta watershed named “Critical Conservation Area,” Santa Barbara weighs restarting desal plant and more …

    In California water news today, California orders thousands of Sacramento Valley water users to stop pumping from streams; Delta watershed named “Critical Conservation Area”; Reservoirs: It’s all downhill from here; Advocates argue twin tunnels plan lost in translation; California Senate rejects fracking moratorium; In the Central Valley, drought yields desperation; Another sign of the drought; …

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    May 30 2014

    News Worth Noting: Delta Protection Commission initiates Delta Heritage Area Initiative, AG’s office files lawsuit for underground storage tank violations, PCWA to Westlands transfer docs, Trinity River restoration projects reviewed, “Beach Bummer” gets a clean up, Carlsbad desal pipeline reaches halfway point

    Delta Protection Commission initiates Delta Heritage Area initiative:  From Delta E-News: “The DPC (Delta Protection Commission) has initiated a Delta Heritage Area Initiative (DelHAI) to further protect, enhance, and sustain the unique values of the Delta. By advancing activities and projects that elevate and promote the Delta, DelHAI is a key effort to protect and …

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    May 30 2014

    Sustainable Groundwater Management Workshop, Part 3 of 3: The Valley Ag Water Coalition and the Planning and Conservation League weigh in

    Last month, the Brown Administration held the second of two workshops to gather input on possible groundwater legislation to heard proposals from organizations for the key elements and statutory changes needed for sustainable groundwater management. In this last installment of coverage from the workshop, Robert Reeb gives the recommendations as developed by the Valley Ag …

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    May 29 2014

    This just in … Russian River Junior Water Rights to be Curtailed

    From the State Water Resources Control Board: “With California’s extreme drought resulting in insufficient water to serve all water-rights holders, the State Water Resources Control Board began sending out curtailment notices to some junior water right holders on the upper Russian River. The notices advise the recipients to stop diverting water from the watershed and …

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    May 29 2014

    Daily Digest: Groundwater legislation moving forward, Water board issues curtailment notices to some junior water rights holders and more, plus a drought story map from ESRI and the Delta Stewardship Council on webcast …

    In California water news today, groundwater measures move forward in the legislature; Lodi-area growers oppose groundwater reform; Stanislaus County water committee suggest groundwater well data be voluntary; Well drilling spikes in drought-sticken Central Valley; Bill to create Paso Robles water district passes Assembly; Water Board OKs cuts to some junior water rights holders; State could …

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    May 29 2014

    News worth noting: North of Delta Offstream Storage (aka Sites Reservoir) documents available, Central Valley designated a “Critical Conservation Area”

    Sites Reservoir (North of Delta Offstream Storage) documents available:  From the California Water Plan E-News:  “Highlights from the North-of-the-Delta Offstream Storage (NODOS) study have been posted by DWR. The report looks at how NODOS would improve the reliability of California’s water and environmental resources in support of the Governor’s California Water Action Plan goals. An …

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    May 29 2014

    Notes from Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta: An update on the status of the Implementation Agreement, plus Metropolitan prepares to comment on the BDCP’s EIR and a briefing on the Design and Construction Enterprise

    “We are tantalizing close to a draft Implementing Agreement at this point in time,” Director Cowin told Committee members. At the May 27th meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta, Metropolitan staff briefed the comments that Metropolitan will be submitting on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan as well as the BDCP’s Design …

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    May 29 2014

    Sustainable Groundwater Management Workshop, Part 2 of 3: ACWA presents their proposal

    Last month, the Brown Administration held the second of two workshops to gather input on possible groundwater legislation to heard proposals from organizations for the key elements and statutory changes needed for sustainable groundwater management. In this second installment of coverage from the workshop, Tim Quinn, Executive Director of the Association of California Water Agencies …

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    May 29 2014

    Science news and reports: Salmon, climate change and trout, Habitat Conservation Plans, biodiversity, carbon dioxide and more, plus Bugs to Go

    Big Chico Creek: A swim in the park:  “Perhaps no natural feature is more prominent in the minds of Chico, California, residents than the beloved Big Chico Creek. Like a blue lifeline, the small creek winds its way from the Sierra foothills to the Sacramento River, flanked on both sides by one of the country’s …

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    May 28 2014

    This just in … State Water Board Notifies Junior Water-Right Holders of Necessary Cutbacks in the Sacramento River Watershed

    From the State Water Resources Control Board: “With California’s extreme drought resulting in insufficient water to serve all water-rights holders, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) announced today that junior water-rights holders in the Sacramento River watershed would receive curtailment notices. The notices advise the recipients to stop diverting water from the …

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    May 28 2014

    Daily Digest: Water payment rules largely ignored; Central Valley lawmakers to discuss drought legislation, Senate approves groundwater legislation and more …

    In California water news today, water-payment rules largely ignored; Federal court rejects bid to stop flow from Friant Dam; Central Valley lawmakers to discuss drought compromise; State water board discusses plans for curtailments; Senate approves groundwater legislation; critics warn that it could lead to ‘well police’; New infographics on California water from Circle of Blue; …

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    May 28 2014

    News Worth Noting: Friant Water Authority’s statement on denial of TRO, last of Chinook salmon to hit the road, Enviro docs on water exchange, first steelhead trout spotted in Malibu Lagoon, and new ‘Bugs to Go’ app

    Friant Water Authority issues statement on denial of Temporary Restraining Order:  “The Friant Water Authority has issued the following statement in response to today’s decision by U.S. District Judge Lawrence O’Neill to deny a temporary restraining order requested by the FWA and its member districts in connection with actions by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation …

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    May 28 2014

    Sustainable Groundwater Management Workshop, Part 1 of 3: The California Water Foundation presents their proposal

    Last month, the Brown Administration held the second of two workshops to gather input on possible groundwater legislation to heard proposals from organizations for the key elements and statutory changes needed for sustainable groundwater management. Karen Ross, Secretary of the Department of Food and Agriculture opened the workshop with some introductory remarks.  “In some regions, …

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