Tag Archive: water quality

Nov 12 2014

California Water Quality Monitoring Council: Toward an Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Framework

Monitoring and assessment are crucial to environmental decision making by helping managers track the outcomes of their management actions. However, in order to produce meaningful data, a wide range of data types are needed to be captured and then aggregated into indicators that are useful to environmental managers. Although there have been requirements on the …

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Sep 30 2014

Early morning news flash … Request for Temporary Modification to San Joaquin River Flows during October

From the State Water Resources Control Board: “Please find attached a request from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to temporarily modify the San Joaquin River flow requirements during October pursuant to a Temporary Urgency Change Petition.  The Executive Director expects to act on this request in the near term.  For additional information concerning this matter, …

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Aug 13 2014

Salinity management in the Delta during times of drought

At the July 25th meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, council members heard a presentation on the challenges of managing the Delta’s salinity during times of drought. Salinity in the Delta is largely a tug of war between the daily and seasonal tides pushing in from San Francisco Bay and the flow of fresh water …

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Aug 06 2014

Independent science panels present findings to the Delta Stewardship Council from Delta flows workshops

At the July 25 meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, the council members heard an informational update on two independent science panel reviews on Delta flows and related stressors intended to help inform the State Water Resources Control Board’s update to the Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan (Bay-Delta Plan) that is currently underway. The update …

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Oct 29 2013

How healthy are California’s estuaries? New web portal will give answers

From the California Water Quality Monitoring Council: ““How Healthy are California’s Estuaries?” is one of the many questions that the latest update to California’s innovative My Water Quality website will answer. The California Estuaries Portal is a new tool that presents information on the health of California’s estuaries, with an initial emphasis on the San …

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Oct 25 2013

How healthy are California’s tide pools? Find out through an innovative new web portal

From the California Water Monitoring Council, the latest addition to the MyWaterQuality web portal: “What is a tide pool? What lives there and why are they important? How healthy are they?” These are three of many questions addressed by a new California web portal developed and launched today through collaboration between the Multi-Agency Rocky Intertidal …

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Sep 24 2013

Maven’s Minutes: Updates from the Delta Regional Forum, part 2: The Delta Regional Monitoring Program, Water Diversion Reporting, IRWM and Flood Futures Report

On September 19, the Department of Water Resources held a Delta regional forum as part of the update to the California Water Plan.  Part of the forum was dedicated to updates on some of the relevant planning processes currently underway involving the Delta. This post will cover the updates given for the Delta Regional Monitoring …

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Aug 12 2013

Maven’s Minutes: Delta Watermaster update to the State Water Board: Dry conditions and Delta water quality standards, Term 91, water use statements and more

At the August 6th meeting of the State Water Resources Control Board, Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson updated Board members on the activities of his office. Complaint against DFG’s water use in the Delta resolved:  A complaint had been made alleging that the Department of Fish and Wildlife did not have valid water rights to support …

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Jul 18 2013

State Water Resources Control Board submits comments on the BDCP EIR/S

The State Water Resources Control  Board, a responsible agency for the BDCP’s EIR/S under CEQA provisions, has submitted their comments on the administrative draft of the environmental impact statement.  Their analysis focused on the CEQA analysis for the preferred alternative (alternative 4) and the State Water Board’s requested alternative (alternative 8).  The Board also focused …

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Jul 02 2013

Blog round-up: Bloggers on the BDCP, drought and salmon, new environmentalism, watershed models, brain eating amoeba and more!

No quick or single fix to California’s water problems, says the BDCP blog:  It’s going to take multitudes of diverse projects and cooperation across boundaries and disciplines, they say:  ” … This integrated approach requires first, that we reduce water waste wherever possible.  We must also capture and store water when streams run high; recycle …

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Jul 01 2013

Maven’s Minutes: Delta Stewardship Council hears about dry conditions and Shasta’s cold water pool, plus the Delta Watermaster’s latest report

The operators of the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project have concerns that the releases of water now from Shasta Dam to maintain water quality standards in the Delta are jeopardizing the cold water pool needed to support salmon spawning in the fall, leading the State Water Board to agree to allow the …

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Jan 18 2013

Letter: Northern California water agencies concerned that revised Delta flow requirments and a change in point of diversion in the Delta will impact upstream water rights

In a letter sent last month to Natural Resources Secretary John Laird and State Water Board Chairman Charles Hoppin, Northern California water agencies expressed their concern of what the impact of changes in flow standards for the Delta along with a change in the point of diversion for the state and federal water projects will be …

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Jan 02 2013

State Water Resources Control Board releases draft San Joaquin River flow and southern Delta salinity objectives for public comment

Delta SJR by DWR

As part of the update to the 2006 Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) is considering amendments that will establish new flow objectives for three eastside tributaries of the Lower San Joaquin River to better protect fish & wildlife beneficial uses, as well as establish new water …

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Dec 20 2012

Report Summary: Term 91 and Delta flow requirements

Delta by DWR

The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) is required by law to establish flow and water quality objectives that ensure the reasonable protection of beneficial uses.  With the revision of the Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan underway, and even the State Water Board itself admitting in a 2010 report, “The best available science suggests …

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Sep 19 2012

EPA releases Action Plan for the Delta: Reducing pollution and restoring freshwater flows are key to improving water quality

Following an analysis that determined that existing state and federal water quality standards were not adequately protecting the Delta’s ecosystem, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an Action Plan in August of 2012 to address water quality challenges in the Bay Delta Estuary. The report identifies seven measures for improving water quality, restoring habitat, and …

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