Oct 27 2013

Daily Digest, weekend edition: News and commentary for October 26-27

Precipitation watch … Drastic weather change ahead:  That’s how the National Weather Service puts it.  The Notebook blog is on precipitation watch, and is pleased to report a storm is on the way:  “A major weather change will occur across interior Northern California beginning late Sunday through Tuesday as a low pressure storm system is …

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Oct 25 2013

How healthy are California’s tide pools? Find out through an innovative new web portal

From the California Water Monitoring Council, the latest addition to the MyWaterQuality web portal: “What is a tide pool? What lives there and why are they important? How healthy are they?” These are three of many questions addressed by a new California web portal developed and launched today through collaboration between the Multi-Agency Rocky Intertidal …

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Oct 25 2013

Daily Digest: News, commentary, webcasts and calendar notes for October 25, 2013

On webcast today … The Delta Stewardship Council meets for a second day; again, the first hour and a half will be a closed session to deal with a personnel matter, so no need to bother showing up at the screen until 10:30.  After that, staff will brief the Council on the Covered Actions regulatory …

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Oct 24 2013

Daily Digest: News, commentary, webcasts and weather for October 24, 2013

On webcast today … The Delta Stewardship Council will be meeting today, beginning at 9 am; however, the Council is meeting in closed session to discuss pending litigation for the first hour, so no point in tuning in until 10:00. Among the items on the agenda afterwards, the Delta Watermaster will present his report on …

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Oct 24 2013

News worth noting: House passes WRRDA, North Bay water agencies receive award, and Reclamation releases docs for Woodland-Davis drinking water project

House passes Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013; bill now moves to the Senate next for consideration.  Congressman Matsui praises the bill’s passage:  “Today’s vote is a major victory for the people of Sacramento.  Congress has not passed a WRRDA bill since 2007, and I am pleased the bill passed today includes many …

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Oct 24 2013

Science news & reports: Modeling the Yolo Bypass, Knaggs Ranch results, nitrogen study, Elwha River restoration and geoengineering

New hydraulic modeling software aids in Yolo Bypass floodplain restoration:  The crew at UC Davis test drove a new hydraulic model developed by the Army Corps in their ongoing studies of the Yolo Bypass:  ” … We’re developing an optimization model to explore when, where and how floodwaters might most economically be applied to manage …

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Oct 23 2013

Daily Digest: News and commentary for Wednesday, October 23, 2013

In the news today … Dry October hurting reservoir levels, says News 10: Watch the newscast here:  ABC News10 Report A look to the winter season:  The California Weather Blog says unfortunately, no real hope for drought-busting precipitation on the horizon:  ” … Though much of Southern California has already received some healthy early-season convective …

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Oct 23 2013

California Water Plan releases draft regional reports for public review

The release of the public review draft of the California Water Plan is complete today with the posting of the twelve draft regional reports. The California Water Plan is the long-term comprehensive plan for guiding the management and development of the state’s water resources.  It is developed and informed by stakeholders, government agencies and tribal …

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Oct 23 2013

Melinda Terry: Listening to the Delta

This is the first of a three-part series of posts written especially for Maven’s Notebook by Emily DeMarco that will take a look at the Delta and California water through the eyes of those who are on the front lines of the debate.  We begin with Melinda Terry, Manager of the North Delta Water Agency.  …

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Oct 22 2013

Daily Digest: News and commentary for Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Good morning!  Here’s what’s happening today in the world of California water: Today on webcast … State Water Board meeting and public hearing on Northern California instream flows for coastal streams: The State Water Board will be holding their regular board meeting this morning beginning at 9AM.  On the regular agenda, an update on efforts …

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Oct 22 2013

Blog round-up: Correcting the curriculum, hyacinth invasion, Delta reps lacking in panel discussion, farm water and business, MWD and Cadiz, and more!

Restore the Delta corrects errors in curriculum:  Californians are getting educated on basic California water issues through the media or interest groups, and Restore the Delta would like to correct some errors in the curriculum, such as:  ” … The Delta is NOT a giant bathtub waiting to fill at the first seismic event, depriving …

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Oct 22 2013

New resource page: The PPIC Seminar: Prescriptions for a Healthier Delta

In April of 2013, the Public Policy Institute of California released the report, Stress Relief: Prescriptions for a Healthier Delta, which identified steps the state could take to manage the Delta and improve ecosystem health. In May, the PPIC brought together officials and scientists together to discuss their views of the report and its findings …

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Oct 21 2013

Daily Digest: News and commentary for Monday, October 21, 2013

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Daily Digest!  This new feature will post most every day here on the Notebook – yes, even on the weekends for you water news junkies.  The Daily Digest will recap the most important news items, calendar items you should be aware of, and … whatever else I can …

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Oct 21 2013

Maven’s Minutes: Melinda Terry’s presentation to the North Delta Water Agency: “BDCP’s conditional mitigation – Is it enough?”

The North Delta Water Agency sits in the cross-hairs of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP); with all of the planned intake facilities to be built within its boundaries, Melinda Terry, the Agency’s manager, often describes it as being “ground zero” for the BDCP.  The North Delta Water Agency’s territory encompasses about 40% of the …

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Oct 21 2013

Maven’s Minutes: Santa Clara Valley Water District workshop: A statewide perspective on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan

On October 11, the Santa Clara Valley Water District held a workshop on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, which featured a panel that included Mark Cowin, the Director of the Department of Water Resources; Sandra Schubert, the Undersecretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture; and Dr. David Sunding, professor of economics at UC …

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