Tag Archives: drought

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

Sacramento River, April 2012 (Photo by Tony Webster)

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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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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