News worth noting: YouTube video tips off State Water Board, leads to fracking fine, Clean Water SRF financial report released, WaterSmart grants and new federal interagency partnership on drought

news worth notingSettlement agreement and fine reached in Kern County fracking violation; State Water Board tipped off by citizen’s YouTube video: “Vintage Production California LLC will pay a $60,000 penalty for discharging hydraulic fracturing fluid into an unlined sump in violation of the California Water Code. The penalty is the result of a settlement agreement between Vintage and the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board’s prosecution team, and is the maximum penalty allowable under the state Water Code. … ”  The State Water Board credits this YouTube video for the tip-off that started the investigation.  Read the press release here: Settlement Agreement Reached with Kern County Oil Firm for Discharging Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid  Check out the YouTube video here:  Up Close Kern County Fracking Operation (Shafter, California)

State Water Resources Control Board issues report on the Clean Water State Revolving Fund: The report covers the fiscal year from July 2012 through June of 2013.  During the year, $277 million was provided for 29 qualifying projects, such as financing for publicly owned treatment works, non-point source projects, and estuary projects.  Download a copy of the report from the State Water Board here: Clean Water State Revolving Fund Annual Report 2012-2013

WaterSmart Grants available: “The Bureau of Reclamation is making funding available through its WaterSMART program to support new Water and Energy Efficiency Grant projects. Proposals are being sought from states, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts and other organizations with water or power delivery authority to partner with Reclamation on projects that increase water conservation or result in other improvements that address water supply sustainability in the West. … ”  Find out more from the Bureau of Reclamation here:  Funding Opportunity Available to Increase Water Conservation or Improve Water Supply Sustainability

Obama Administration announces new interagency National Drought Resilience Partnership:  “As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the Obama Administration today announced an interagency National Drought Resilience Partnership to help communities better prepare for future droughts and reduce the impact of drought events on livelihoods and the economy. Responding to requests from communities, businesses, and farmers and ranchers, the National Drought Resilience Partnership will make it easier to access Federal drought resources, and will help link information such as monitoring, forecasts, outlooks, and early warnings with longer-term drought resilience strategies in critical sectors such as agriculture, municipal water systems, energy, recreation, tourism and manufacturing.  … ”  Read more from the Department of the Interior here:  Obama Administration’s National Drought Resilience Partnership to Help Communities Prepare for Drought

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