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State Water Resources Control Board to discuss drought activities in the Bay-Delta on Wednesday

Rock removal from a barge in the West False River in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in Contra Costa county to construct the 750-foot-wide rock barrier to help deter the tidal push of saltwater from San Francisco Bay into the central Delta. Photo taken on May 8, 2015.

The Temporary Urgency Change Petition, the emergency drought barrier, and water right curtailments to be discussed The activities of the State Water Resources Control Board in the Bay-Delta will be the focus of an informational workshop to be held on Wednesday beginning at 9am. The morning session will focus on the Temporary Urgency Change Petition (TUCP) filed by the DWR […]

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This just in … Court petition filed to stop construction of drought barrier and require CEQA

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The Center for Environmental Science, Accuracy, & Reliability (CESAR) has filed a writ of mandate to to stop the Department of Water Resources from constructing a rock barrier in the Delta until the agency has complied with the requirements of California’s Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The documents say that the drought barrier will have a significant effect on the environment […]

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Delta Stewardship Council Drought Update: Delta perspectives on drought management

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CCWD’s Leah Orloff and Delta farmer Steve Mello discuss how the drought is affecting operations within the Delta The April meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council included an update on the continuing drought and its impacts.  In the last installment of coverage, Leah Orloff with the Contra Costa Water District and Steve Mello, a Delta farmer who wears many hats, […]

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Delta Stewardship Council Drought Update: Water management actions and the status of Delta fisheries

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DWR Drought Manager Jeanine Jones with an update on hydrologic conditions; DWR Lead Scientist Ted Sommer with an update on Delta fish species, and Delta Watermaster Michael George reviews the actions of the State Water Board At the April meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, councilmembers received an update on the continuing extremely dry conditions and how the state is […]

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Delta Stewardship Council Drought Update: Policy actions and priorities for addressing the ongoing drought

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Karla Nemeth from the Natural Resources Agency and Ellen Hanak from the PPIC discuss the state’s response to the drought: What is the state doing and what could it do better? At the April 23rd meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, council members received an update on the existing and forecasted water supply conditions, and how this is impacting the […]

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This just in … Curtailment Notices Sent to Junior Water Right Holders in San Joaquin Watershed; Notices for Scott River Water Rights Also Sent

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From the State Water Resources Control Board: “With California’s extreme drought resulting in insufficient water to serve all water-right holders, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) announced today that junior water-right holders in the San Joaquin River watershed and on the Scott River are receiving curtailment notices. The notices advise the recipients to stop diverting water from […]

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Army Corps requests public comment on the Delta barriers (with maps)

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From the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: “The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District will evaluate a California Department of Water Resources permit application, required to construct three temporary salinity barriers in waters of the California Delta. The public is invited to review the DWR request and submit comments by April 22, 2015. The proposed project would place dredged […]

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Fish and Game Commission to consider emergency regulation to close all fishing on 5.5 miles of Sacramento River to protect salmon; Public invited to comment

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From the Fish and Game Commission: The public is invited to provide comment to the Fish and Game Commission on the proposed emergency regulation to close all fishing on the 5.5-mile stretch of the Sacramento River from the Highway 44 Bridge in Redding upstream to Keswick Dam to protect endangered winter-run Chinook salmon. The California Department Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) […]

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Media call: Agency officials discuss their role in addressing the drought

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This afternoon, agency officials held a media call to discuss their roles in addressing the drought as laid out in the Governor’s executive order issued this morning. John Laird, Secretary of Natural Resources, welcomed everyone to the call and introduced the speakers but provided no other substantive comment. The officials on the call were Mark Ghilarducci, Director of the Governor’s […]

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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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