News Worth Noting: Water transfer listening session info now available, new wetlands database and mapping tool, and Trout Unlimited lauds Forest Service’s new groundwater guideline

waterboard_logoWater Transfer listening session video & presentations now available:  The State Water Resources Control Board and the California Department of Water Resources held a joint listening session at the end of April to solicit ideas on recommendations to streamline the review process for temporary water transfers (those occurring within one year).  You can view the video and presentations on the State Water Board’s Water Transfers Page under the heading ‘Transfer Process Streamlining.’

usfw-us-fish-wildlife_logoU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Completes Wetlands Database and Mapping Tool: To coincide with American Wetlands Month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced the completion of the most comprehensive and detailed U.S. wetland data set ever produced, capping a 35-year effort by the Service to map the extent of the nation’s wetlands.The Wetlands Inventory Mapper has digitally mapped and made publically available wetlands in the lower 48 states, Hawaii and dependent territories, as well as 35 percent of Alaska. It is an invaluable aid to landowners, developers, government planners and permitting authorities, conservation organizations and academic institutions in their collective efforts to ensure wetland conservation and inform economic development.  “The completion of this wetland dataset marks a significant milestone in national efforts to conserve wetlands in the United States,” said Gary Frazer, the Service’s assistant director for ecological services. … ”  Read more from Environmental Protection here: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Completes Wetlands Database and Mapping Tool

trout unlimitedTrout Unlimited lauds new Forest Service guidelines for groundwater: Trout Unlimited today praised the Forest Service for releasing long-awaited groundwater policy guidelines that TU said are needed to protect pristine headwaters and healthy fish and wildlife habitat in our National Forests.  “Trout, salmon and other fish depend on cold, clean water in rivers and streams for their survival—cold water that often originates from groundwater flows,” said Trout Unlimited CEO Chris Wood. “Across the West, many of our rivers and prized fisheries face severe threats—including prolonged drought, devastating wildfires and climate change. These guidelines recognize that groundwater and surface waters are connected, and that we must manage the entire watershed to keep our streams and rivers healthy and resilient. TU applauds the Forest Service for its leadership in taking a comprehensive approach to water management.” … ”  Read more from Trout Unlimited: here: TU lauds new Forest Service guidelines for groundwater

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