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    Jul 08 2014

    Daily Digest: California oil field yields another prized commodity, drought raises question: where is the long-term policy to help farmers, San Joaquin paints grim picture of twin tunnels impact and more

    In California water news today, California oil field yields another prized commodity, droughts’ rise in severity raises a question: where is the long-term policy to help farmers?, water-guzzling pot plants draining drought-wracked California, Chronic dryness aggravates wildfire fights in California and other western states, San Joaquin paints grim picture of twin tunnels impact, LA leaders …

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    Jul 08 2014

    News Worth Noting: What people are saying about groundwater, Metropolitan launches drought awareness media campaign, timelapse of installation of gate at Folsom Dam

    What People Are Saying About Protecting California’s Groundwater: “Water experts, local water agencies, environmental groups, agricultural interests, homeowners and the media continue to join the call to fix California’s broken groundwater management system. Here’s what they’re saying about two rapidly moving bills (SB 1168 and AB 1739) aimed at advancing sustainable management of groundwater basins …

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    Jul 08 2014

    Blog round-up: The water bond, water mismanagement, groundwater, the BDCP, $4 gallon water and more …

    New Assembly Speaker Flunks Water Bond Test, says Chriss Street: They write: “California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) seems to have flunked her first major leadership test by failing to get Governor Brown’s water bond passed during one of California’s worst droughts.  Following a failed attempt by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) to …

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    Jul 07 2014

    Daily Digest: Emergency drought relief money still unspent, farmers beat environmental groups in latest water dispute, plus algae, dead lawns, recycled water fill up stations, levee breaks and more …

    In California water news today, emergency drought relief money still unspent, farmers beat environmental groups in latest water dispute, volunteers work to protect Lake Oroville historic site from looters, floaters take to rivers and creeks to stay cool, algae in Clear Lake likely to cause water shortage for some, drought no hindrance to raft tours: …

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    Jul 07 2014

    Reservoir and water conditions for July 7, 2014

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    Jul 07 2014

    California Weather Blog: Hot, dry summer continues in California; severe fire season looms; El Niño update

    From the California Weather Blog: “In many ways, the weather over the past few weeks has been pretty typical of early summer in California. It’s been hot in the inland valleys, and not so hot near the coast, with a sharp gradient in between. Conditions have been largely dry, though an increasingly moist monsoonal flow …

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    Jul 06 2014

    Daily Digest, weekend edition: Frustration over secrecy of well drilling logs, are Sac Valley transfers wrong and wasteful?, groundwater legislation, carbon credits, drought, water bond, and more …

    In California water news this weekend, frustration mounts over secrecy of well drilling logs, are Sacramento Valley transfers wrong and wasteful?, groundwater legislation making progress at Capitol, proposal to allow rice farmers to sell carbon credits, keeping up with the Joneses’ water use, drought imperils a dream,  the SacBee answers burning questions about the water …

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    Jul 04 2014

    Daily Digest: Legislature struggles to revamp water bond; Gov’s $6B bond falls flat in ag community, logging companies ordered to report water use in controlling dust, almond crop breaks record despite ongoing drought, and more …

    In California water news today, legislature struggles to revamp water-bond measure as Governor’s $6 billion bond fall flat in agricultural community, logging companies ordered to report water use in controlling dust, California almond crop breaks record despite ongoing drought, and California drought causes need for water conservation in Utah. In regional news today, Nonprofit begins …

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    Jul 03 2014

    Senators Steinberg, Wolk, Pavley and DeLeon discuss the newly revised water bond and the tunnels

      Today, Senators Steinberg, Wolk, Pavley, and De Leon met with the press to talk about the water bonds and the tunnels. Here’s what they had to say: Senator Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg: I’m joined by President Pro Tem elect Kevin De Leon, Senators Wolk and Pavley, who have been the two Senate leaders in …

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    Jul 03 2014

    Senate cuts $3 billion from water bond in response to Governor’s request: Revised $7.5 billion bond maintains priority projects, helps communities enhance water supply, prepare for drought

    From the office of Senator Lois Wolk: “The State Senate announced today that it has cut $3 billion from its water bond proposal, Senate Bill 848, responding to requests by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. for a more scaled-down bond. “This revised version of SB 848 responds to the Governor’s desire for a smaller bond …

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    Jul 03 2014

    Daily Digest: State Water Board toughens enforcement of curtailment notices, water bond discussions likely to continue in August, Napa fire underscores fears of fire season, but fireworks continue in most places nonetheless, and more …

    In California water news today, the State Water Board toughens enforcement of curtailment notices and puts some water users in jeopardy,water bond discussions likely to continue in August, CCC crews are available to assist with water conservation projects,  America’s golden state runs dry and its farmers are struggling to survive, and as hundreds flee, Napa …

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    Jul 03 2014

    Science news and reports: Mathematicians help California’s berry farmers, what ESP says about next year’s El Nino, Delta Restoration Hub, and more …

    Mathematicians help California drought-weary berry growers address water issues: In the Pajaro Valley, berries are the main crop and the main economic driver.  However, despite crop rotation and water conservation strategies, overdraft continues to be a problem.  So enter the mathematicians:   “In 2011, a National Science Foundation-funded math institute, the American Institute of Mathematics …

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    Jul 03 2014

    News Worth Noting: DFW enacts emergency water conservation regs for timber harvesters, new Title 24 standard to cut energy use and save water, NASA launches mission to study carbon dioxide

    Emergency Water Conservation Regulations for Timber Harvesters Enacted: “In light of the unprecedented drought, the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection adopted emergency regulations to conserve water for fish habitat and drinking water for Californians. The regulations became effective June 19.  The new Water Drafting Emergency Regulations require approved timber harvesting plans on private timber …

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    Jul 02 2014

    This just in … State Water Board approves emergency regulation to assure compliance with water rights curtailment orders

    From the State Water Resources Control Board: “In response to the ongoing severe drought, the State Water Resources Control Board Wednesday approved an emergency regulation to assure compliance with curtailment orders issued to protect senior water rights throughout the state. The new regulation will require junior water right holders to immediately stop taking water upon …

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    Jul 02 2014

    Curtailment notices sent to North Fork and mainstem Eel River and Van Duzen junior water rights holders

    From the State Water Resources Control Board: The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) announced today that junior water-rights holders in the North Fork of the Eel River, the Mainstem Eel River and the Van Duzen Tributary are receiving curtailment notices. The notices advise the recipients to stop diverting water from the watershed …

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