Dec 04 2014

Daily Digest: Latest drought bill causing dust up, but will it pass?, protecting brown lawns from fines, rain opens up giant sinkhole in San Francisco, late night comedians on the drought and more ….

In California water news today, Latest California drought bill causes new dust-up, California’s GOP congressmen flex muscles with new water bill, Storm soaks region, but drought’s grip still tight, Hard California Rains Provide Little Relief From Record Drought, California rain has Yosemite waterfalls flowing again, Protecting brown lawns from fines, late night comedians on the drought, …

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Dec 04 2014

News Worth Noting: Assemblyman Marc Levine appointed Chair of the Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee, State Water Board Releases Interactive Tool: Is My Property Near a Nitrate-Impacted Water Well?, San Joaquin River Restoration Flows and Seepage Update

Assemblyman Marc Levine appointed Chair of the Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee:  “Committee staff is pleased to make two announcements. First, we welcome our new Chair, Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael), who released the following statement:  “I thank Speaker Atkins for this appointment.  Forward-looking oversight of California’s limited supply of precious water is critically …

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Dec 04 2014

Science news and reports: Saving amphibians, salt marsh restoration, tubeworm forest, fun with El Nino statistics, and more …

In science news this week, Saving sensitive amphibians in Santa Cruz County; Pier 94: By the People, For the Birds; Tubeworm forest; Aggressive conifer removal benefits Sierra aspen, Fun with statistics: El Nino and California rainfall, Modeling the past to understand the future of a stronger El Niño, Hyacinth woes: From a gift to a …

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Dec 04 2014

Reactions: C-WIN, Golden Gate Salmon Association, and Restore the Delta react to federal drought legislation …

From the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN): House “Drought Relief” Guts Environmental Protections, Does Not Mitigate Drought – Legislation Would Drain State Reservoirs for the Benefit of Corporate Farms: HR 5781, a bill introduced Tuesday in the House of Representatives by Congressman David Valadao (R- Hanford), purports to solve California’s drought-induced water shortages. It will …

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Dec 03 2014

This just in … Northern California Delegation Statement on Flawed, Discriminatory House Republican Water Bill: Members say, “The drought does not stop at the edge of congressional districts.”

  Received via email: Today, Northern California Representatives Jared Huffman (D-02), George Miller (D-11) Mike Thompson (D-05), Doris Matsui (D-06), Jerry McNerney (D-09), John Garamendi (D-03), and Ami Bera (D-07) released the following statement regarding the House Republican water bill introduced last night: “With just a few days left in the legislative session, the House …

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Dec 03 2014

This just in … House to vote on drought bill next week

From the office of Congressman Kevin McCarthy: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on H.R. 5781, the California Emergency Drought Relief Act, after announcing that it will be scheduled for a vote on the House floor next week: “California is facing the worst drought in a century, which has led to …

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Dec 03 2014

Daily Digest, early edition: House Republicans & Costa launch latch-ditch shot at water bill, report says drought threatening groundwater, water conservation efforts declining, and more …

In California water news today, House Republicans, Costa join for last-ditch shot at California water bill, Report: California drought threatens groundwater, Are water users slacking off conservation?, Rain soothes Californians, but reservoirs still in bad shape, Southern California storm not a drought-buster, not El Niño, State water leaders project 10% deliveries next year, but that …

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Dec 03 2014

2014 Water Year in Review, part 2: Urban water conservation, agricultural impacts, water transfers

At the November meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, council members heard from numerous agency and water officials on how the state has responded to the drought conditions.  In this installment of the coverage, Eric Oppenheimer, Director with the State Water Resources Control Board’s Office of Research, Planning and Performance reviewed the statistics for urban …

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Dec 03 2014

Chris Enright: Direct and Indirect Effects of Large-Scale Restoration and Implications for Science and Management

Chris Enright began by saying that the title was quite a large topic, so he would be concentrating on physical processes to make larger points centered around tidal energy. “Tidal energy really is the primary driver down in the estuary,” he said. “Tidal energy starts a cascade of physical processes that affects and controls tidal …

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Dec 03 2014

Metropolitan, Kern County Water Agency, State Water Contractors react to initial State Water Project allocation of 10%

On Monday, officials announced the allocation for the State Water Project would be initially set at 10%; this figure could be increased or decreased, depending on how the season plays out.  Here are the reactions I’ce collected, listed in alphabetical order: From the Kern County Water Agency: Yesterday, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) …

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Dec 03 2014

State Water Board Reports Decline In Urban Water Conservation Rates in October; Board Announces Water Conservation Workshop in Los Angeles on Dec. 17

From the State Water Resources Control Board: After leveling off in September, statewide residential water conservation receded in October to just a 6.7 percent reduction in year-over-year water use. In the most recent survey of nearly 400 urban water retailers, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) learned that while residential water use …

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Dec 02 2014

This just in … Rep. Valadao, California Republicans Introduce Bipartisan Emergency Water Legislation

From Congressman Valadao’s office (via email): “On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21), with the support of California House Republicans, introduced water legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives aimed at providing short- term relief from California’s water crisis. Since May, House Republicans have been working to find a bipartisan compromise between …

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Dec 02 2014

This just in … Updated Report: Groundwater Resources Depleted By Drought

From the Department of Water Resources: Following one of the driest years on record when groundwater resources have provided an increasing percentage of California’s water supply, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) today released an updated report on groundwater basins that details groundwater level changes, potential water shortages, land subsidence, farmland fallowing and gaps in …

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Dec 02 2014

Daily Digest: SWP expects scant deliveries next year, the future of irrigation and fisheries in the West, the coolest view of today’s storm, and more …

In California water news today, In the news today … California’s storm: the coolest view you will see today: “[At the website] is a depiction of the weather we’re seeing today — actually a visualization of surface winds as derived from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data and rendered in Web developer Cameron Beccario’s “Earth.” …

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Dec 02 2014

2014 Water Year, part 1: A review of the third year of the drought: How the administration responded, an overview of SWP operations

At the November meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, council members heard from numerous agency and water officials on how the state responded to the drought. In his introduction to the agenda item, Supervising Engineer Kevan Samsam reminded the Council, “Never will the coequal goals be more tested than in one of these epic droughts. …

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