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    Oct 09 2014

    USGS Science in the Delta, plus other notes from the September meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council

    At the September 25 meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, the council members unanimously approved the addition of the USGS to the core membership of the Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee, the committee that the Council has formed to coordinate implementation of the Delta Plan. After the vote was taken, USGS Deputy Regional Director Jeff …

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    Oct 08 2014

    Daily Digest: Water bond measure flooded with support, but opponents have a strategy; residents cut water use by 11.5%, Reclamation increasing flows in Klamath, Senator Wolk and Barbara Barrigan-Parilla debate water bond and more …

    In California water news today, Water bond measure flooded with support, but opponents have a strategy, Gov. Jerry Brown’s first campaign ads to hit airwaves, State Farm Bureau backs water bond, rainy day fund, State residents cut water use by 11.5%, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation increasing flows in Klamath River to fight parasite attacking salmon, …

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    Oct 08 2014

    News Worth Noting: Revised TUCP order for October San Joaquin River flows, Gov. signs legislation giving more time and funding to clean up underground storage tank sites, Settlement agreement reached with two Kern County oil firms

    Revised Order on Temporary Urgency Change Petition for October San Joaquin River flows:  “On September 26, 2014, the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) submitted a request for modifications to the Order, originally approved on January 31, 2014 (and modified several times since then), that approved a temporary urgency change in license and permit terms …

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    Oct 08 2014

    Delta Protection Commission discusses Proposition 1, plus other notes from the September meeting

    At the September 25 meeting of the Delta Protection Commission, the commissioners discussed whether or not they should take a position on Proposition 1, the water bond.  Executive Officer Eric Vink began with a brief presentation on the four provisions in Proposition 1 that are relevant to the Delta in order to set up the …

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    Oct 08 2014

    Speaker Toni Atkins and Senate pro Tem-elect Kevin de Leon briefly talk water policy

    On October 6th, the Public Policy Institute of California held an event, “A Conversation with California’s Legislative Leadership.” In this portion of the event, taken from video of the event posted on YouTube, moderator Mark Baldassare, president and CEO of the PPIC, talks briefly with Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Senate President pro Tem-elect Kevin …

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    Oct 08 2014

    Tina Cannon Leahy: A tribute to California’s ‘First Lady of Water’

    From Tina Cannon Leahy, posted at the California Water Blog: “As water policy consultant for the California Assembly, I occasionally research legislative history to iron out competing theories on a law’s meaning. So it was earlier this year when I visited the California State Archives to investigate the Davis-Dolwig Act of 1961. I took a …

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    Oct 08 2014

    In the Bay Area, Alameda Creek work trickles on

    From Ariel Rubissow-Okamoto at Estuary News: Throughout Alameda Creek’s 640-square-mile watershed dozens
 of wet spots have been drained, dams built, creeks buried, and channels reshaped. “The watershed is huge and complex, and all these changes, compounded over time, have left us with a long and arduous path to getting it to function more naturally again. …

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    Oct 07 2014

    This just in … Urban Water Suppliers Show Progress In August Water Conservation Report

    From the State Water Resources Control Board:  “Water conservation efforts in California’s urban communities continued their upward trend, climbing to 11.5 percent statewide for the month of August, according to of the latest retail water supplier report released today by the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board). The August statewide water saving rate …

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    Oct 07 2014

    Daily Digest: Water officials aren’t following own call for conservation, Two most controversial groundwater issues: fracking and the Kern Water Bank, Huffman urges legal opinion on Trinity releases, and more news and commentary

    In California water news today, California water officials aren’t following own call for conservation, Two most controversial groundwater issues:  fracking and the Kern Water Bank, Congressman Huffman urges legal opinion on Trinity releases, California’s drought has changed the way the state produces electricity, Early rains may spell relief for curtailed water rights, Voters will decide …

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    Oct 07 2014

    A brief report from the State Water Board’s workshop on Central and Southern Delta Water Availability and Use

    Cody Phillips, a legal intern with the Delta Stewardship Council, attended the September 24th workshop at the State Water Board, and gave this report to the Delta Stewardship Council at their September 25th meeting: “I attended the workshop with Mr. Samsam. It was entitled “Central and Southern Delta Water Availability and Use,” and it addressed …

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    Oct 07 2014

    Retiring Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson gives his last report to the Delta Protection Commission

    On September 25th, the Delta Protection Commission met in Discovery Bay.  On the agenda, an update from retiring Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson and the Commission’s consideration of taking a position on Proposition 1, the water bond.  This is the first of two-part coverage from the meeting and covers the presentation by the Delta Watermaster.  Part …

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    Oct 07 2014

    Bloggers on the water bond, the “Porterville Problem”, the tunnels, the Endangered Species Act, water subsidies and more …

    Will the water bond deliver?  Families Protecting the Valley writes:  “Some of our friends don’t understand our reluctance to show enthusiasm for Prop 1, the Water Bond. Why not support it? What do we have to lose, they say. Before we answer those questions we would like to tell you why we have some of …

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    Oct 07 2014

    News Worth Noting: Sacramento Regional Water Authority launches “Drought Champs” campaign, Reclamation releases revised SL&DMA transfer docs, Salinas River flood control and habitat project certified

    Sacramento Regional Water Authority Launches New “Drought Champs” Campaign: “The Regional Water Authority (RWA) today is launching a new public service campaign to thank residents for their outstanding water conservation efforts during California’s historic drought and to encourage further reductions. The campaign, which will feature messages in radio and print advertising, as well as a …

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    Oct 06 2014

    State Water Board issues final order on the reconsideration of Delta Temporary Urgency Change Petitions (TUCPs)

    The State Water Resources Control Board has issued the final order adopted by the Board on September 24, 2014, denying petitions for reconsideration and addressing objections to the Executive Director’s January 31, 2014 order and subsequent changes modifying the Delta water quality requirements for the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project. The order …

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    Oct 06 2014

    Daily Digest: California avoids defeat in virtual megadrought, worrisome invasive weeds, collision between geothermal energy and water needs, SoCal water districts battling over groundwater pumping, the real relationship between conservation and rising water rates, and more

    In California water news today, California avoids defeat in virtual megadrought, Drought disrupts migratory birds in the Central Valley, cuts exports sharply,and worries pool industry; our cities water systems are becoming obsolete – what will replace them?, plus worrisome invasive weeds, collision between geothermal energy and water needs, SoCal water districts battling over groundwater pumping, …

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