Tag Archive: drought

Dec 05 2014

2014 Water Year in Review, Part 3: Groundwater, Delta smelt, and Sacramento’s response to the drought

At the November meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, council members heard from numerous agency and water officials on how the state has responded to the drought conditions. In this final installment, Mary Scruggs from the Department of Water Resources discusses the impact the drought has had on the state’s groundwater resources, Mike Chotkowski with …

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Dec 02 2014

2014 Water Year, part 1: A review of the third year of the drought: How the administration responded, an overview of SWP operations

At the November meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, council members heard from numerous agency and water officials on how the state responded to the drought. In his introduction to the agenda item, Supervising Engineer Kevan Samsam reminded the Council, “Never will the coequal goals be more tested than in one of these epic droughts. …

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Nov 17 2014

Coalition Releases Comprehensive Recommendations to Help California’s Cities, Farms and Environment Weather the Drought

From the Natural Resources Defense Council: As dreams of a wet, El Niño winter fade and California heads into a possible fourth consecutive year of drought, a coalition of 15 environmental, fishing and public policy organizations released a set of recommended actions to modernize California’s water system and respond to the drought. The drought has …

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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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Oct 27 2014

California Water Commission hears an update on DWR’s activities to address the drought

At the October meeting of the California Water Commission, Department of Water Resources Drought Manager Bill Croyle updated the Commission members on the actions DWR has been taking to address the drought conditions across the state. He said he had just come from a briefing at the Department of General Services Partnership Council, and the …

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Oct 22 2014

Director Chuck Bonham on the response of the Department of Fish and Wildlife to the exceptional drought conditions

At the October meeting of the California Water Commission, Chuck Bonham, Director of the Calfiornia Department of Fish and Wildlife, updated Commission members on the activities of his Department.  In his presentation, he spoke candidly about the difficult choices that the exceptional drought has demanded he and the Department make. “My name is Chuck Bonham, …

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Oct 13 2014

California’s drought: A result of natural hydrologic variability, climate change, or both?

With exceptionally dry conditions continuing with really no end in sight, drought was the main topic at the San Gabriel Valley Water Forum held October 2nd in Pomona.  The forum brought together experts and local water officials to discuss the multiple impacts of drought and how region can best be prepared. The forum opened with …

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Oct 03 2014

This just in … State Water Board To Allow Limited Collection of Early Rainfall by Curtailed Water Right Holders

From the State Water Resources Control Board: As the 2015 water year begins, the State Water Resources Control Board announced today that curtailed water right holders in the Sacramento, San Joaquin, Russian and Eel river watersheds will be able to take advantage of significant early precipitation events on a limited basis. Early storm events, which …

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Sep 29 2014

California Weather Blog: Special update: The Extraordinary California Drought of 2013-2014: Character, Context, and the Role of Climate Change

From Daniel Swain at the California Weather Blog: “This special update is a little different from what I typically post on the California Weather Blog. In the paragraphs below, I discuss results from and context for a study that my colleagues and I recently published in a special issue of the Bulletin of the American …

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Sep 11 2014

State Water Board looking for recommendations on improving the enforcement of water rights during drought conditions

Do you have ideas on how the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) could more effectively divvy up the water in these dry years?  Then State Water Board staff wants to hear from you. With the possibility that this exceptionally dry year could quite possibly turn into another, the emergency resolution adopted by …

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Sep 10 2014

Wildfire and droughts in Sierra Nevada forests

With much of the state’s water supply originating in the mountains as precipitation on the forested landscape, the health of the forests are paramount to California’s water supply.  In this presentation, Wildfire and droughts in the Sierra Nevada forests, Susie Kocher, Natural Resources Advisor for the University of California Cooperative Extension Service discusses drought and …

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Sep 04 2014

Sea Change Radio transcript: Parched: Peter Gleick on California’s drought

On September 2nd, Dr. Peter Gleick was a guest on Sea Change Radio to discuss the drought.  Here’s what he had to say: Host: As Californians continue to look beseechingly to the skies for signs of any kind of rainfall, the effects of this drought are indeed far reaching. The policies that emerge from this …

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Sep 03 2014

This just in … State Water Board issues draft order denying petitions for reconsideration of the order granting Temporary Urgency Change Petitions to the State Water Project & Central Valley Project

The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has issued a draft order denying the petitions for reconsideration of the Executive Director’s January 31, 2014 order approving the Temporary Urgency Change Petitions and their subsequent modifications to the water right license and permits for the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project. The …

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Aug 27 2014

This just in … Court denies injunction to block releases of water for Klamath salmon

Judge O’Niell has denied the farmer’s motion for a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction to block releases of water from Lewiston Dam to benefit Klamath River salmon: “The Court concludes that, even though Plaintiffs are likely to (and in all likelihood soon will) succeed on the merits of at least one of their claims …

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Aug 26 2014

San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority & Westlands file for Temporary Restraining Order against releases of water for Klamath salmon

The San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority and the Westlands Water District has filed a motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in U.S. District Court against Reclamation’s release of water for the Klamath salmon. The legal memorandum spells out the details of their case.  All spring and summer, San Joaquin Valley farmers …

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