Tag Archives: drought

This just in … Governor Brown, Legislative Leaders Announce $1 Billion Emergency Drought Package

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From the Office of the Governor: Mobilizing state resources to face another year of extreme dry conditions, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today joined Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, and Republican Leaders Senator Bob Huff and Assemblymember Kristin Olsen to announce legislation to help local communities cope with the ongoing, devastating drought. The $1 […]

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Responding to drought: Options for demand-side management (or … which water conservation programs actually work?)

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Pricing, programs, pleading, prohibiting, pressuring, and plastering … what’s the most effective approach to get consumers to use less?  UC Riverside’s Ken Baerenklau reviews the latest research As the state enters a fourth year of drought and reservoirs continue to drop precipitously low, the calls for conservation will only grow louder and more frequent as water agencies struggle to meet […]

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Legal options for water providers in times of drought

Folsom Lake aerial view during the drought shows an inoperable launch ramp and dock  on September 5th, 2014.

The Water Code, Prop 218, Prop 26 and more … Attorney Kelly Salt reviews the legal provisions in the State constitution and the Water Code that govern water providers in times of drought As the State Water Resources Control Board considers adopting a stronger regulation for urban water conservation, water agencies and localities are going to need all the tools […]

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This just in … State Water Board Revises Order for State and Federal Water Project Operations During Drought

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This morning, the State Water Resources Control Board issued a press release regarding the March 5th revised order, which was posted last night: State Water Resources Control Board Executive Director Tom Howard today made several changes to the Temporary Urgency Change Order, first issued on February 3, covering the operations of the State Water Project (SWP) and the federal Central […]

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This just in … Executive Director of the State Water Board issues order further modifying the previous order approving some and denying other parts of the state and federal water projects’ Temporary Urgency Change Petition

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The Executive Director of the State Water Resources Control Board has issued the order, further modifying the previous decision which approved some parts and denied other parts of the State Water Project and federal Central Valley Project’s request for a Temporary Urgency Change Petition. The order notes that the TUCP request this year was similar to the one approved for […]

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Panel Discussion: Allocating water during drought

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At the PPIC’s Managing Drought conference, State Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus, David Guy, Bill Croyle, and Jill Duerig reflect on the past year and look ahead, discussing drought, data, discharges and decisions Earlier this year, the Public Policy Institute of California brought together water interests from all corners to discuss how the state responded to the exceptional drought conditions […]

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Kern County Water Agency, Metropolitan, and the State Water Contractors react to slight increase in State Water Project allocation

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Yesterday, the Department of Water Resources announced a slight increase in the State Water Project allocation from 15% to 20%.  Here are the reactions from water agencies, listed in alphabetical order: From the Kern County Water Agency: Today, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced that the State Water Project (SWP) water allocation will increase from 15 to 20 […]

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Statewide Water Conditions and Preparing for a Dry 2015

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Deputy Drought Manager Jeanine Jones with a look at statewide hydrologic conditions and what to expect in the coming dry year “We are looking at a fourth year of drought,” said Jeanine Jones, the Deputy Drought Manager for the Department of Water Resources as she kicked off the National Water Resources Institute Drought Response Workshop on February 25, 2015 in […]

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Farm organizations and water agencies react to Central Valley Project initial allocation

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California Farm Water Coalition, Santa Clara Valley Water District, San Juan Water District, San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority, and Westlands Water District respond Earlier today, the Bureau of Reclamation released its long-awaited and dreaded allocation for the Central Valley Project.  Here are the reactions from from agencies and organizations, listed in alphabetical order: From the California Farm Bureau Federation: […]

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This just in … Reclamation Announces Initial Water Supply Allocation for Central Valley Project: 0% for farmers, 25% for M&I

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From the Bureau of Reclamation: The Bureau of Reclamation today announced the initial 2015 water supply allocation for Central Valley Project agricultural contractors and municipal and industrial contractors. This initial allocation is based on a conservative estimate of the amount of water that will be available for delivery to CVP water users. The allocation, which will be re-examined on a […]

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