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    Nov 04 2014

    Bloggers on drought, water bond ‘czars’, the Reber plan for SF Bay, designing dams for climate change, a water bond prediction, and more …

    California water bond on election eve: Did political leadership push Prop 1 over the finish line? Rod Smith writes: “Sitting before my computer at sundown November 3rd, thinking about whether California voters will pass the 2014 water bond?  Hydrowonk believes the outcome depends on the balance among three factors: will the drought and political leadership …

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    Nov 04 2014

    News worth noting: UC Riverside experts propose seven bold solutions to managing the drought, Reclamation releases draft enviro docs for Sacto area interim water contracts, LA DWP increases turf removal rebate to $3.75 per square foot, and USGS and Canada reach confluence in monitoring streamflow

    UC Riverside experts propose seven bold solutions to managing the drought:  UC Riverside’s magazine tackles the drought crisis:  ” … While the outlook remains grim, the good news is that the extraordinary amount of water we waste, everywhere from farming to bathing, means there’s room for real conservation. Riverside is the hub of the Southern …

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    Nov 03 2014

    Daily Digest: First rainfall sets some records, but recovery is still far off, California’s water innovation problem, Fresno developer puts housing development on hold to plant almond orchards instead, and more …

    In California water news today, First rainfall sets some records, but recovery is still far off, California’s water innovation problem, Tomato demand spurs record crop amid drought, Drought may have prevented Central Valley flooding, With winter approaching, trees need water, Californians Will Vote on Big Water Bond Not Knowing Exactly What They Are Buying, Sacramento …

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    Nov 03 2014

    Climate change and paleoclimatology: Putting California’s drought in a long-term perspective

    The University of California’s Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR) has developed a series of webinars titled Insights: Water and Drought which feature timely, relevant expertise on water and drought from experts around the University of California system.    In this webinar, Professor Lynn Ingram, a professor of Earth and Planetary Science at UC Berkeley, discusses …

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    Nov 03 2014

    News Worth Noting: Policy for Implementing the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, Regional Water Board and Caltrans Agree to Settle Water Code Violations in Tuolumne County, Reclamation Releases Draft Enviro Docs for CVP Interim Renewal Contracts

    Document: Policy for Implementing the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund:  “This Policy is adopted for the State Water Resource Control Board’s (State Water Board) implementation of the 1996 Amendments to the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), which created the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) program. The DWSRF provides various types of assistance for …

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    Nov 03 2014

    Reservoir and water conditions for November 3

    Here are the latest reservoir and water conditions: 666 total views, 1 views today

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    Nov 02 2014

    What’s on the calendar for this week and beyond …

    Time to open up those calendars and note any of these events that are of interest to you … Coming up this week … Public Workshop: Draft Safe Drinking Water Plan for California (Salinas): On Monday, November 3rd, State Water Board Division of Drinking Water staff will present an overview of the draft Safe Drinking …

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    Nov 02 2014

    Daily Digest, weekend edition: Winter storm brings much-needed snow and rain, Water plan calls for conservation measures on farms, Dry CA welcomes Israeli water expert as State officials plan for another dry year, and more …

    In California water news this weekend, winter storm brings snow to the mountains and much-needed rain to the Valley, Water plan calls for conservation measures on farms, Dry California welcomes Israeli water expert, State officials plan for another dry year, The Delta hardly a delta anymore, State water officials say junior water-right holders can divert …

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    Oct 31 2014

    Daily Digest: California could face $500 billion in water spending, Prop 1, gray water and more, plus Peter Gleick on the water-energy nexus

    In California water news today, California could face $500 billion in water spending; DWR releases Updated California Water Plan; the next best thing to a transcript of the California Water Plan media call; Jerry Brown pushes water bond as election nears and more Prop 1 stories; For good or bad, grey water systems becoming more …

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    Oct 31 2014

    Dr. David Sunding and Josue Medellin-Azuara on the economics of drought

    At the San Gabriel Valley Water Forum held at the beginning of October in Pomona, Dr. David Sunding gave a presentation on the costs of shortage in urban water systems. Afterwards, Josue Medellin-Azuara discussed the impact of drought on agriculture and food prices. Dr. David Sunding Dr. David Sunding’s presentation to the forum dealt with …

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    Oct 31 2014

    News Worth Noting: Advocates stage long distance run to support State Water Board action on Delta flows, Sacramento water use down, Enviro docs for groundwater in Friant-Kern canal, trout planting resumes in Kern and Tulare waterways, San Gabriel Valley water use up

    Broad Coalition Demonstrates Strong Support for State Water Board Action on Fresh Water Flows in the San Joaquin River and Bay-Delta:  “Today a long-distance relay run delivered 2,100 petition signatures and a letter from 50 non-profits representing commercial fishing, anglers, fish and wildlife conservation, river recreation, and consumer protection advocates requesting rapid action from the …

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    Oct 31 2014

    Friday Flashback: Endangered species and drought: Can we break out of the Endangered Species Act death spiral?

    From the archives of Maven’s Notebook: Original publish date:  May 20, 2014 Professor Peter Moyle, former Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes, Professor Richard Frank and others discuss the impact of the drought on the state’s endangered species In April of 2014, the UC Drought Science, Policy and Management Summit drew upon the extensive …

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    Oct 30 2014

    This just in … DWR releases the initial volumes and highlights of the California Water Plan

    From the California Department of Water Resources: The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today released the Highlights booklet and initial volumes of the latest  edition of the California Water Plan, which since 1957 has guided the State’s water resource management and planning.  Update 2013 of the California Water Plan is State government’s strategic plan …

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    Oct 30 2014

    Daily Digest, early edition: Sac Valley farmers are asked to help the ducks, New Melones ‘pulse flows’ now underway, Why the Delta no longer works for wildlife, the hyacinth cavalry is coming, and more …

    In California water news today, Sacramento Valley farmers are asked to help the ducks, Fish benefit from controversial ‘pulse flows’ now underway, Why the Delta no longer works for wildlife, Supervisor Larry Ruhstaller says the hyacinth cavalry is coming, Despite drought, grape harvest the third largest ever, Dozens of dams found to put fish in …

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    Oct 30 2014

    California Water Commission: A progress report on DWR’s System Reoperation Study

    At the October meeting of the California Water Commission, Ajay Goyal, Chief of the Department of Water Resources Surface Storage Investigations branch, briefed Commission members on the status of the Department’s System Reoperation Study. The study, mandated by SB X2 1 in 2008, seeks to identify potential strategies for the reoperation of statewide flood protection …

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