Morning news alert: PPIC Report: Improving the Federal Response to Western Drought: Five Areas for Reform

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From the Public Policy Institute of California: The federal government should leverage its “carrot-and-stick” powers to help resolve long-standing conflicts in the American West that are increasing regional and local vulnerability to drought. This is among the key recommendations to improve federal drought management made by the PPIC Water Policy Center in a report released today. Federal intervention could reduce […]

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The 2016 Drought Contingency Plan for CVP & SWP operations

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From the State Water Resources Control Board: The State Water Resources Control Board has posted the February through October 2016 Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) submitted by the California Department of Water Resources and United States Bureau of Reclamation to the State Water Board Executive Director in compliance with the December 15, 2015 State Water Board Order pertaining to changed requirements […]

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NRDC Report: Is California Doing Enough to Manage Drought?

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Report Card Assesses State Efforts in 5 Key Areas and Identifies Where Brown Administration is Failing From the Natural Resources Defense Council: A report card released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) finds that the state is making mixed progress, and, in some cases, failing to invest in 21st century solutions that would promote a healthy economy and environment […]

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This just in … Governor Brown Issues Executive Order to Bolster State’s Drought Response

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Executive order includes new provisions to help localities capture stormwater from potential high precipitation events; $5 million in assistance for small water systems From the Office of the Governor: As California prepares for a fifth year of drought, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an executive order that calls for additional actions to build on the state’s ongoing response […]

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Metropolitan Special Committee on the Bay Delta: What’s next for the Delta tunnels project and a look at the emergency drought barrier

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Presentation includes the many state and federal permits that are required With the public comment period for the California Water Fix (Delta tunnels) project closing for presumably the final time, Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay Delta met on October 27th to hear the next steps for the project, such as timelines and permits.  The meeting also included a brief […]

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Water management, economy, and the environment: How is California doing after four years of drought?

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Dr. Jay Lund, Dr. Jeffrey Michael, and Dr. Peter Moyle discuss the drought impacts at the State of the Estuary conference The coming El Nino has been described as “Godzilla” and ‘too big to fail’, and the weather service is predicting most of the state will get wet.  However, experts have warned that even heavy precipitation this winter, while certainly […]

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Emergency Drought Barrier Removal Underway in Delta


From the Department of Water Resources: Work by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to dismantle an emergency drought barrier that has spanned West False River between Jersey and Bradford islands since June is well underway, with breach in the barrier expected today. The barrier was erected to block salt water from pushing into the central Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta from […]

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This just in … PPIC Report: If Drought Continues: Environment and Poor Rural Communities Most Likely to Suffer

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Urban areas in best shape; Farmers adapting but vulnerable If the California drought continues another two to three years, the state will face increasingly acute challenges in two areas: water supply in some low-income rural communities, where wells are running dry; and ecosystems, where the state’s iconic biodiversity is under severe threat and wildfire risk is growing to new extremes. […]

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This just in … NASA Groundwater Subsidence Report: Drought Causing Valley Land to Sink

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Maven note: Headline is the one issued with the press release.  It should perhaps more properly be: “Groundwater Subsidence Causing Valley Land to Sink” From the Department of Water Resources: As Californians continue pumping groundwater in response to the historic drought, the Department of Water Resources today released a new NASA report showing land in the San Joaquin Valley is […]

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This just in … UC Davis: Drought costs California agriculture $1.84B and 10,100 jobs in 2015

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From the UC Davis Newsroom: The drought is tightening its grip on California agriculture, squeezing about 30 percent more workers and cropland out of production than in 2014, according to the latest drought impact report by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences. In 2015, the state’s agricultural economy will lose about $1.84 billion and 10,100 seasonal jobs because of […]

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