Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Daily Digest! This new feature will post most every day here on the Notebook – yes, even on the weekends for you water news junkies. The Daily Digest will recap the most important news items, calendar items you should be aware of, and … whatever else I can think of to toss in here. I’m making it up as I go along, so feel free to email me with your suggestions and comments!
In the news today …
- KQED’s Quest travels inside the new Hetch Hetchy tunnel 100 feet underneath the Bay: The $286 million tunnel will improve system reliability in the event of an earthquake, officials say. More, including lots of pictures, here: Inside the New Tunnel 100 Feet Below San Francisco Bay
- Bay Nature’s on the hunt for rare plants in the Delta: Join botanist Danny Slakey and other volunteers from the California Native Plan Society as they conduct a survey for rare plants in the Delta.. More, here: On the Hunt—Searching For Rare Plants in the Delta
- DWR and BDCP representatives meet with River News Herald to discuss the project: Officials say they understand why Delta residents are against the plan: “I don’t think anyone is trying to argue that they should support the project, but it would be great if we can talk about real quantifiable concerns,” said DWR Public Affairs Director Nancy Vogel. “As we develop the plan, the public review draft won’t have the preferred alternative footprint. With each refinement, we’ll move closer to that.” Read more here: DWR, BDCP officials explain details and impact of project
- Cross channel gates to close until further notice: Read the notice from the Bureau of Reclamation here: Reclamation to Close the Delta Cross Channel Gates
- Don Pedro relicensing nears completion: Turlock Irrigation District officials say they are nearly ready to submit their application. More from Turlock City News here: Don Pedro Relicensing Nears Completion; Predation Studies “Groundbreaking”
- LA DWP prepares to celebrate 100 years of the Los Angeles Aqueduct: The celebration starts with 100 mules marching from the intake to the LA as a mobile art project. Read about the mules from the Inyo Register here: 100-mule procession headed to Los Angeles
In commentary today …
- Spreck Rosekrans argues for Hetch Hetchy restoration in the Sacramento Bee: “It’s time for an intervention. Congress should hold hearings on the potential for restoration of Hetch Hetchy Valley as part of California’s overall water portfolio. Rational independent analysis will confirm that it’s possible to restore Hetch Hetchy Valley while meeting San Francisco’s water needs,” he writes. Read more here: Time to return Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy to the American people
Upcoming events you should know about:
- State Water Board meeting and public hearing on Northern California instream flows for coastal streams: The State Water Board will be holding their regular board meeting tomorrow morning, where they will hear an update on efforts to assist disadvantaged communities with their wastewater needs. Afterwards, the Board will hold a public hearing on the adoption of a policy to maintain instream flows in Northern California coastal streams. Click here for the agenda. Click here for the hearing notice.
Later this week …
- Delta Stewardship Council to hold two day meeting on Thursday and Friday: On the agenda for Thursday, the Delta Watermaster will be presenting his latest report to the Council, representatives will be on hand from the Natural Resources Agency to discuss financing and regulatory assurances, and the Council will hear a briefing on the state of emergency preparedness in the Delta. Friday’s meeting will include an overview of the covered actions regulatory process. Click here for more information.
- State Water Board workshop to focus on climate change and environmental justice: The State Water Board’s Water Quality Control Committee will be hosting a day and a half educational session for new and continuing board members as well as the general public on Thursday and Friday of this week. Thursday’s session will focus on climate change, including policy, how the water board’s might adapt, and planning for change. Friday’s half-day session will focus on environmental justice issues and outreach to disadvantaged communities. The workshop will be held in Sacramento; it will not be webcast. Click here for more information.
- Southern California Water Committee Annual Dinner: Join Assemblymember Anthony Rendon, Ellen Hanak, and Joe Caves as they discuss the water bond at the Southern California Water Committee’s Annual Dinner on Thursday evening, October 24th. Click here for more details.
Coming up next week …
- The State of the Estuary conference, 20/20 Vision: Past Reflections, Future Directions, will be held at the Oakland Marriott at City Center on October 29 & 30. Click here for more information.