News Worth Noting: Reappointments urged for Water Commission members, listening session on water transfers, stormwater permit, environmental enhancement and mitigation grants, and more

california water commissionGroups want California Water Commission members reappointed:  In this letter from multiple environmental groups and water agencies to Governor Brown, they write: “This May the terms of the remaining members of the Commission expire. We urge you to re-appoint the other commissioners to an additional term. … With the addition of your two excellent appointments, the Commission is very well balanced among the many competing water interests in California. The commissioners work well together, and are undertaking some important work which should not be interrupted. … ”  Read the letter here:  03_31_14_CA_Water_Commission_Reappointment_Letter

waterboard_logoSave the date: Listening session for streamlining water transfers:  On April 29, 2014 at 9AM, the State Water Resources Control Board and the California Department of Water Resources will hold a listening session to solicit ideas on recommendations to streamline the review process for temporary water transfers, in which water can be transferred for up to one year.  The notice can be here:  Water Transfers Listening Session Meeting Notice.

cnra logoEnvironmental Enhancement and Mitigation Grant Program for 2013-14 Now Open: From the Natural Resources Agency: “Applications are currently being accepted for the Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program (EEMP) 2013-14 grant cycle. The program offers grants to local, state and federal governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations for projects to mitigate environmental impacts caused by new or modified state transportation facilities.  The EEMP encourages projects that produce multiple benefits which reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase water use efficiency, reduce risks from climate change impacts, and demonstrate collaboration with local, state and community entities.  Grants are generally limited to $500,000 for development projects and up to $1 million for acquisitions.  ... ” Find out more here:  Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Grant Program for 2013-14 Now Open

waterboard_logoState Water Board Adopts Industrial Stormwater Permit:  “Today, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) renewed a statewide stormwater permit to continue reducing the amount of pollution entering waterways during storm events in industrial areas. …“This newly reissued permit will better protect water quality so that chemicals, oil, and other contaminants do not get into local streams and water bodies where they can harm public health, and fish and wildlife,” said State Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus. “  A lot of stakeholder collaboration was conducted during the development of this new permit to ensure the requirements are effective and do not unnecessarily burden businesses that do not have an impact on water quality. The State Water Board looks forward to continuing to work with permittees on effective implementation of this permit and to work with other stakeholders towards improved performance-based permits in the subsequent permit reissuance.” … ” Read more from the State Water Resources Control Board here: State Water Board Adopts Industrial Stormwater Permit that Enhances Pollution Reduction and Increases Reuse of Stormwater Runoff

ReclamationReclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for Del Puerto Water District Warren Act Contract to Convey Supplemental Irrigation Water Due to the Drought: “The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review environmental documents assessing a five-year Warren Act Contract proposed to be issued to Del Puerto Water District. Due to the drought, the district needs to convey non-Central Valley Project water to existing crops within their district that are in need of supplemental irrigation water.  The Warren Act authorizes Reclamation to enter into contracts to impound, store, or convey non-CVP water in federal facilities, when excess capacity is available.  The city of Turlock would release recycled, treated water to the San Joaquin River, and then it would be conveyed by way of Patterson Irrigation District to the Delta-Mendota Canal. DPWD would take the water from their existing turnouts along the DMC for agricultural use. Up to 13,400 acre-feet of water per year could be conveyed under the contract. … ”  Read more from the Bureau of Reclamation here:  Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for Del Puerto Water District Warren Act Contract to Convey Supplemental Irrigation Water Due to the Drought

Click here to visit the Pacific Institute's page on the California drought.

New Survey Reveals Current and Future Water Risks for Major U.S. Corporations:A new survey of major U.S. corporations released today by the Pacific Institute and VOX Global, titled Bridging Concern with Action: Are US Companies Prepared for Looming Water Challenges?, reveals that most companies believe water challenges will significantly worsen in the next five years. However, the majority of companies surveyed do not appear to be planning corollary increases in the breadth and scale of their water risk management practices. In fact, nearly 70 percent of responding companies said their current level of investment in water management is sufficient. ... ”  Read more from the Pacific Institute here:  New Survey Reveals Current and Future Water Risks for Major U.S. Corporations

DOIContract awarded to build first pumping station for the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project: Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a $19.6 million construction contract to build the Tohlakai Pumping Plant, the first pumping plant for the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project, about eight miles north of Gallup, N.M. Moltz Constructors, Inc., a small business enterprise located in Cody, Wyoming is the recipient.  “The Navajo-Gallup project will deliver clean, safe drinking water to tribal and rural communities, many of which have been hauling water over long distances for far too long,” said Jewell. “This contract is another important step in honoring U.S. commitments to Indian nations while providing lasting benefits for local economies and public health.” … ”  Read more from the Department of the Interior here: $20 Million Contract Awarded to Build First Pumping Plant for Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project

ipcc_altlogo_full_rgbIPCC Report: A changing climate creates pervasive risks but opportunities exist for effective responses:   “The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a report today that says the effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the oceans.  The world, in many cases, is ill-prepared for risks from a changing climate. The report also concludes that there are opportunities to respond to such risks, though the risks will be difficult to manage with high levels of warming. The report, titled Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, from Working Group II of the IPCC, details the impacts of climate change to date, the future risks from a changing climate, and the opportunities for effective action to reduce risks.  A total of 309 coordinating lead authors, lead authors, and review editors, drawn from 70 countries, were selected to produce the report. They enlisted the help of 436 contributing authors, and a total of 1,729 expert and government reviewers. … ”  Continue reading this press release by clicking hereTo read the report, click here.

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