News worth noting: West Sac setback levee, Trinity River channel rehab, San Diego vs. Met, Governor’s environmental awards, and SWRCB’s Intended Use Plan for CWSRF

news worth notingArmy Corps completes West Sacramento setback levee:  “The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District has completed a new setback levee along the Sacramento River in West Sacramento.  Crews completed construction of the new setback levee’s seepage cutoff wall last week. Cutoff walls strengthen levees and help prevent water leaking through or under them. The setback levee, near South River Road, was completed last year. The existing levee was left in place throughout construction to ensure flood risk did not increase.  … ”  Read more from the Army Corps of Engineers here:  Corps finishes West Sacramento setback levee

Draft environmental documents available and a public meeting scheduled for Trinity River 2014 channel rehabilitation efforts:  “The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment/Initial Study on the Trinity River 2014 Channel Rehabilitation Project sites Bucktail and Lower Junction City. The proposed project is designed to enhance aquatic habitat quality and complexity through construction of slow water rearing habitat for juvenile salmon and steelhead, reconnection of the floodplain with the river, revegetation of native plants, and placement of in-river wood structures to react with flow and create/maintain habitat. Reclamation and the Bureau of Land Management, federal co-lead agencies, and the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, California state lead agency, are working together to inform the public about the proposed project. … ”  Read more from the Army Corps here:  Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Document for Trinity River 2014 Channel Rehabilitation Efforts; Public Meeting Scheduled December 17

Trial begins today in San Diego County Water Authority – Metropolitan Water District rate case:  “On Tuesday, lawyers for the San Diego County Water Authority will argue in San Francisco Superior Court for overturning illegal rates charged by the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, commencing a five-day trial that has financial implications for water ratepayers across the region and state. In opening statements before Judge Curtis E.A. Karnow, the Water Authority’s attorneys will argue that MWD’s rates don’t align with the costs of the services it provides.  Numerous California statutes, the California Constitution and common law all require that public agencies such as MWD set their rates based on the actual costs of the services they provide. “This case is fundamentally about whether MWD is above the laws that apply to public agencies – laws that are designed to protect ratepayers from having to pay rates higher than what it actually costs the water utility to provide services to them,” said Daniel Purcell, special counsel for the Water Authority with the law firm of Keker & Van Nest in San Francisco.  … ”  Read more from the San Diego County Water Authority here: Trial Begins Tuesday in Water Authority’s Lawsuits Challenging MWD’s Rates

2013 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) recipients named:  “Thirteen California organizations will be recognized today with the 2013 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA), the state’s highest environmental honor.  “The award recognizes the creative solutions and transformative results that Californians are achieving on some of our most significant environmental challenges,” said Secretary for Environmental Protection Matt Rodriquez. “Their successful approaches demonstrate that we can create a sustainable environment while also promoting a vibrant economy.” … ”  Read more here from Cal EPA:  Governor
Brown Honors California Organizations With 2013 Environmental Leadership Award

Intended Use Plan for the State Water Board’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund for fiscal year 2014 adopted:  You can read it here:  State Water Board’s Intended Use Plan

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