Dec 09 2014

Daily Digest: House drought bill likely to sink in the Senate, Monster storm approaches, Drought said to have natural cause and more …

In California water news today, House drought bill likely to sink in the Senate, Monster storm to hit Northern California, California drought said to have natural cause, Animal deaths spike on Sierra roads, Water a top issue for Farm Bureau leaders, Santa Cruz lifts water rationing as big storm approaches, and more … In the …

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Dec 09 2014

California Weather Blog: Powerful, potentially damaging storm to bring very heavy rainfall and high winds to Northern California

From Daniel Swain at the California Weather Blog: Very strong storm–perhaps strongest since 2008–will arrive in California late Wednesday The numerical weather models are now in strong agreement that a powerful Pacific winter storm will slam Northern California later this week, bringing very heavy precipitation and very strong winds. In many ways the upcoming event …

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Dec 09 2014

HR 5781, The California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014, likely to be voted on this morning

The House will begin it’s legislative business at 9:00 am PST /12:00 pm EST for legislative business. A vote is likely on HR 5781.  First votes expected around 10:00am PST.  First up on the schedule appears to be complete consideration of HR 5781. Click here to watch the webcast. For more on HR 5781, check …

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Dec 09 2014

Blog round-up: Sacramento Valley flows, amorous amphibians, hyacinth smoothies, tweeting drought lessons, and more, plus only 12 to 20 more of these storms and the drought is over!

Re-managing flows in the Sacramento Valley:  “In the Sacramento Valley, water has been re-managed over the past several decades to provide essential pathways for spawning salmon and steelhead. Nearly every major watercourse in the Sacramento Valley has flow agreements that are designed to benefit salmon and steelhead, while balancing other uses of water for various …

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Dec 09 2014

Delta Protection Commission hears about the Delta Levee Investment Strategy and DWR’s Drought Contingency Plan

At the November meeting of the Delta Protection Commission, Cindy Messer from the Delta Stewardship Council gave a presentation on the Council’s Delta Levee Investment Strategy and DWR’s Paul Marshall updated the Commission on the Drought Contingency Plan. Delta Levee Investment Strategy Cindy Messer, Deputy Executive Officer of Planning with the Delta Stewardship Council, began by …

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Dec 08 2014

Water Supply Index (WSI) forecast for December 1, 2014

From the Department of Water Resources: Welcome to the 2015 Water Year season of water supply forecasting!  The first water supply forecast has been completed. Forecast Summary: A Water Year 2015 Water Supply Index (WSI) forecast for conditions as of December 1, 2014 is posted at http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/iodir/WSI.2015. The accretions forecast will be sent at a …

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Dec 08 2014

Daily Digest: How CA’s water rights system makes it tough to manage drought, El Niño may be getting too much credit for California rainfall, Water supply at risk from abandoned Sierra mines, and more …

In California water news today, how California’s water rights system makes it tough to manage drought, El Niño may be getting too much credit for California rainfall, California water at risk from abandoned Sierra mines, intense storm to wallop the Bay Area on Wednesday, drought dries rural wells – residents carry water in buckets, California …

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Dec 08 2014

House to debate HR 5781 at 11am PST (2 pm EST)

At 11am PST (2pm EST), the House will convene for legislative business and debate HR 5781, the California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014 for one hour. However, The Hill blog notes that there will be no roll call votes in the House on Monday since the chamber was not originally scheduled to be in …

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Dec 08 2014

News Worth Noting: USGS releases drought visualization website, Water hyacinth mechanical harvesting begins in the Delta, Delta recreation survey, ACWA awards

Data-driven insights on the California drought: USGS Releases Drought Visualization Website:  “A newly released interactive California Drought visualization website aims to provide the public with atlas-like, state-wide coverage of the drought and a timeline of its impacts on water resources.  The U.S. Geological Survey developed the interactive website as part of the federal government’s Open …

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Dec 08 2014

Reservoir and water conditions for December 8, 2014

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Dec 08 2014

2014-15 Winter Season Outlook

When it comes to the upcoming winter season, there are many questions.  Will it be wet or dry?  What about El Nino? and what will it take to end the drought?  Cindy Matthews, Senior Service Hydrologist with the National Weather Service/NOAA, answered these questions in her presentation at the November Delta Stewardship Council meeting on …

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Dec 07 2014

The House Rules Committee debates HR 5781, the California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014

The only debate on HR 5781 California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014 apparently was in the House Rules Committee hearing on December 3. The Rules Committee, chaired by Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), acts as the legislative gatekeeper, deciding for how long and under what rules the full body will debate the proposition. Congressman Valadao …

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Dec 07 2014

Daily Digest, weekend edition: Sierra Nevada snowpack ‘off to a good start, How much rain to end the drought? Obama threatens veto on California drought bill, and more news and commentary …

In California water news this weekend, Sierra Nevada snowpack ‘off to a good start, How much rain to end the drought, Impressive California storms not a harbinger of El Nino, Forecasts of a wet winter, Obama threatens veto on California drought bill, Feather River derailment raises new concerns, Hmong farmers losing battle against the drought, …

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Dec 06 2014

Saturday special: Federal drought legislation update: Environmental Water Caucus, Latino Water Coalition write letters; Obama threatens veto

On Tuesday, Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford, introduced new federal drought legislation, HR 5781, as a last-ditch effort to get federal legislation passed before the end of the year: Rep. Valadao, California Republicans Introduce Bipartisan Emergency Water Legislation Reactions  … Jared Huffman (D-02), George Miller (D-11) Mike Thompson (D-05), Doris Matsui (D-06), Jerry McNerney (D-09), John …

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Dec 05 2014

Daily Digest: CA needs more rain, any way you count it and El Nino is not expected to help, competing perspectives on ag water use, drought legislation to be debated Monday, and more news, plus the storm door is still open!

In California water news today, California needs more rain, any way you count it, El Niño not expected to help California Drought, Want the facts on ag water use?  Join the debate as competing perspectives clash over definitions, Stranded salmon put back on course to spawning grounds, Drought makes for lighter almond harvest, California drought …

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