Legal panel: You Mean Just Having a Water Right Isn’t Good Enough?

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How the ESA, Streambed Alteration Agreements, and the Clean Water Act Are All Curtailing the Exercise of Water Rights Recent court cases and regulatory changes have had major effects on the ability to for diverters to exercise their water rights, even those long-held.  At the ACWA 2015 Fall Conference held in December, a panel of lawyers discussed the issues, touching […]

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The End of Wastewater: Sustainable infrastructure for an urban estuary

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The end of the pipe solution means ending the pipe, says Dr. David Sedlak, but he warns newer wastewater treatment processes do present challenges Increasing demands for water in recent years have led to a greater appreciation of the value of municipal wastewater as a source of water, resources and energy. Coinciding with this change in attitude, much of the […]

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State of Bay Delta Science 2016, part 2: Water quality and contaminant effects on species and water supply; The Bay-Delta food web; Delta landscape restoration

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Stephanie Fong discusses what we know and don’t know about contaminants; Dr. Wim Kimmerer on Delta food web changes; and Robin Grossinger discusses restoration on a landscape scale The update to the landmark 2008 report, The State of Bay Delta Science, is due to be published later this year.  The update will highlight the latest research and developments in Delta […]

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Greener Products for Bluer Waters: California’s Safer Consumer Regulations

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New regulations shift responsibility to manufacturers to seek safer alternatives for harmful ingredients in consumer products The Safer Consumer Products regulations are the first of a kind, offering California the opportunity to lead the way in producing safer versions of goods already in demand around the world.  The regulations, which took effect in October of 2013,  require manufacturers or other responsible […]

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Environmental groups notify EPA of intent to file suit for violations of the Clean Water Act

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The numerous modifications of the Delta’s water quality standards due to the drought are a violation of federal law, environmental groups say The NRDC, the Defenders of Wildlife, and The Bay Institute have sent a letter to Jared Blumenfeld, Regional Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, notifying him of their intent to file suit for ‘continuous and intermittent violations […]

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State Water Board’s use of unimpaired flows in the Delta’s Water Quality Control Plan update disputed

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Water agencies say it’s infeasible; interest groups say it’s the most fairest and equitable approach A broad coalition of environmental, fishing, environmental justice, and tribal organizations which includes Restore the Delta, the Planning and Conservation League, the NRDC, the California Sporfishing Protection Alliance and many others (herein referred to as the interest group coalition), has sent a letter to Felicia […]

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This just in … CSPA files complaint against State Water Board and Bureau of Reclamation over Sacramento River temperature criteria

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Complaint alleges violations of Basin Plan, WR Order 90-05, CWA, ESA and Public Trust The California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA) has filed another complaint against the State Water Resources Control Board and the Bureau of Reclamation, alleging the State Water Board has failed to implement and Reclamation has failed to enforce temperature requirements and water quality criteria specified in the […]

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This just in … CSPA files complaint, says State Water Board, Reclamation, and DWR are violating the Bay Delta Plan, D1641 requirements, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and more …

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The California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA) has filed a complaint with the State Water Board alleging the State Water Board and the federal and state water projects have violated the Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan and the D-1641 implementing requirements, as well as the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, the public trust doctrine and the state constitution. The […]

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Delta challenges workshop, part 3: The Delta ecosystem: Hydrodynamics, water quality, salinity, nutrients, and the food web

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Panel of experts discuss the Delta’s complex hydrodynamics and how flow interacts with salinity, nutrients, contaminants, and the food web Earlier this year,  the Delta Science Program tasked the four former Delta lead scientists with developing a brief report for policy makers and the general public that explains the challenges, complexities, and controversies operating in the Delta.  The Delta Challenges […]

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