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    May 04 2014

    The Sunday Best: Last week’s most popular posts and out-clicks

    Last week’s most popular posts State Water Board moves to expedite use of recycled water DWR releases report on groundwater basins with potential shortages and monitoring gaps DWR Groundwater Report, the picture edition Final snow survey comes up dry as 3-year drought retains grip: Snow water content just 18% of normal statewide, but only 7% …

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    May 02 2014

    Temporary Urgency Change Petitions approved for State and Federal Water Projects

    The Executive Director of the State Water Resources Control Board has issued an order approving further changes to the license and permit terms requiring compliance with Delta water quality objectives for the State Water Project and Central Valley Project. This order is approving some of the changes that were proposed in the April 9th request …

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    May 02 2014

    Daily Digest: Snow survey results (with video), Delta residents unhappy with BDCP media coverage, Richard Frank on unreasonable use of water in wine country, and more, plus exploding whales and an update on Portland’s urine tinged reservoir water

    In California water news today, final snow survey’s dismal results (with video); Drought prompts likely limits on tapping rivers; Water rights curtailments result from abysmal California snow pack, Delta Stewardship Council discusses water storage; Mark Ghilarducci and California brace for epic drought and fire; Large almond crop projected despite drought; Drought could affect the price …

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    May 02 2014

    News Worth Noting: Save Our Water launches “Californians Don’t Waste” campaign, Delta Stewardship Council newsletter, Infrastructure funding fair, and EPA awards $60K to Santa Monica for stormwater project

    Save Our Water launches ‘Californians Don’t Waste’ outdoor advertisements to tackle drought:  “Save Our Water–a partnership between the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is launching a statewide outdoor media campaign to bring awareness to and educate Californians on how to save water every day.  In tackling …

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    May 01 2014

    Final snow survey comes up dry as 3-year drought retains grip: Snow water content just 18% of normal statewide, but only 7% in Northern Sierras

    From the Department of Water Resources: Today’s final snow survey of the year found more bare ground than snow as California faces another long, hot summer after a near-record dry winter Today’s manual and electronic readings recorded the statewide snowpack’s water content – which normally provides about a third of the water for California’s farms …

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    May 01 2014

    DWR Groundwater Report, the picture edition

    I was preparing to print out DWR’s groundwater report, but then I realized that out of the 51 pages, most of them are graphs.  There’s a lot to be gleaned by just looking at the graphs, so here they are …  For more information, download the report by clicking here. Note: look for the link …

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    May 01 2014

    Daily Digest: Water cutbacks loom, Auburn Dam – the project that will not die, groundwater, salmon and more, plus that $1 trillion Colorado River water

    In California water news, water cutbacks looming for California farmers, water agencies; California water managers bracing for more bad news from snow survey; Auburn Dam: the project that will not die; Groundwater crisis looms for the state; Assembly Committee approves groundwater legislation; This year’s salmon catch may be the last good one for awhile; Trinity …

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    May 01 2014

    Science news & reports: El Nino, future observations on extreme precipitation events, Delta’s interior flows and stressors examined, Hamilton Airfield, Farrallon Islands and more …

    Slow slosh of warm water across Pacific hints El Niño is brewing: “The El Niño / La Niña climate pattern that alternately warms and cools the eastern tropical Pacific is the 800-pound gorilla of Earth’s climate system. On a global scale, no other single phenomenon has a greater influence on whether a year will be …

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    May 01 2014

    Groundwater Management Workshop, Part 4: The state backstop

    On March 24, the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and the California Environmental Protection Agency held a workshop to gather ideas, proposals and feedback on sustainable groundwater management actions. The fourth and last panel discussed what the state’s role should be in ensuring effective and sustainable groundwater management.  On …

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    May 01 2014

    News worth noting: Vidak writes Governor for more water for Central Valley, Meral & NHI’s $12.65 billion bond proposal, historic hot water vote, and House Committee approves legislation to update the Endangered Species Act

    Senator Andy Vidak writes the Governor, urging him to use his powers to deliver more water to the Central Valley:  ” … While our current water situation is dire, due to the recent storms over the last few months our water supply is in a better position today than it was on this date in …

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    Apr 30 2014

    DWR releases report on groundwater basins with potential shortages, monitoring, gaps

    From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today released a report on groundwater showing that throughout California groundwater resources are at historically low levels. Directed by Governor Edmund G Brown Jr.’s emergency drought declaration in January, the report details basins with potential water shortages and gaps in groundwater monitoring. This …

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    Apr 30 2014

    State Water Board moves to expedite use of recycled water

    In response to the Governor’s proclamation of a Drought State of Emergency in January of this year, the State Water Board has drafted an order to streamline permitting for the use of recycled water for uses that present a relatively low threat to water quality. If adopted, the order would allow use of treated municipal …

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    Apr 30 2014

    Daily Digest: Water bonds advance, Clean water advocates call proposed recycled water rules ‘permissive” and wildfires on the rise, plus how to reconcile a drought with 124 desert golf courses

    In California water news today, water storage bond clears committee; Three Water Bond Bills Advance in Assembly; SB 1250 Put Over Until May 13; Clean Water Advocates Call Proposed Recycled Water Rules ‘Permissive’; How to reconcile a drought with 124 desert golf courses; Farmers forecast less rice and higher prices due to drought; Groundwater Mining …

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    Apr 30 2014

    Groundwater Management Workshop, Part 3: Financing mechanisms for groundwater management

    On March 24, the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and the California Environmental Protection Agency held a workshop to gather ideas, proposals and feedback on sustainable groundwater management actions. The third panel focused on financing mechanisms for groundwater management.  On this panel, Ellen Hanak, Senior Fellow from the Public …

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    Apr 30 2014

    News Worth Noting, Capitol edition: Water bonds advance out of committee, as do two Pavley bills to modernize water system

    Perea water bond (AB 2686) gaining support:  “Today, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea’s (D-Fresno) Assembly Bill (AB) 2686, The Safe, Clean, and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2014, passed a key Assembly Committee. AB 2686 was passed by the Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee with overwhelming bipartisan support.  With the added support of Republican Assemblymembers …

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