News Worth Noting: California Water Foundation releases groundwater recommendations report, DWR observes Save Our Water month, Del Puerto Water District docs, courts uphold Cadiz project and LA stormwater rulings

cwf logoCalifornia Water Foundation Releases Groundwater Recommendations Prepared for Brown Administration and State Legislature:The California Water Foundation (CWF), a nonpartisan and independent organization dedicated to addressing the state’s water needs, today released a report of findings and recommendations to achieve sustainable groundwater management in California. The report is based on an ongoing stakeholder dialogue that was launched earlier this year by CWF at the request of the Brown Administration.  CWF brought diverse groups impacted by the state’s groundwater issues together to discuss potential groundwater solutions.  Participants include water agencies, farmers, local elected officials, agricultural associations, environmental justice representatives, and conservation groups.  “Californians are coming together to advance real solutions to our groundwater crisis . This demonstrates a turning point that makes groundwater policy improvements possible this year to ensure this critical water supply is protected in the future,” said Lester Snow, executive director of CWF.“  People, farms and the environment all need a more sustainable groundwater supply. This report is a starting point to ignite effective change in the way we view and manage groundwater as part of California’s overall water supply portfolio.”  … ”  Read more from the California Water Foundation here:  California Water Foundation Releases Groundwater Recommendations Prepared for Brown Administration and State Legislature See also:  CWF Groundwater Report_What People Are Saying 5.5.14

NEW_DWR_LOGO_14inchDWR Observes ‘Save Our Water’ Month:As drought-parched California moves into another long, hot summer, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and other agencies are observing May as “Save Our Water” month as proclaimed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.  Save Our Water – a campaign of DWR and the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) — has launched a statewide media campaign utilizing Public Service Announcements, radio, billboards and social media urging Californians to save water every day. Details and conservation tips may be found on the campaign’s website at www.saveourh2O.org.  “As California approaches the summer fire season in the throes of a drought, I call on all Californians to take a thoughtful approach to water usage and conservation,” wrote Governor Brown in announcing May as Save Our Water Month. … ”  Read more from the Department of Water Resources here:  DWR Observes ‘Save Our Water’ Month

ReclamationReclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for Conveyance and Storage of Groundwater in the Delta-Mendota Canal to Del Puerto Water District Due to Drought:  “The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review draft environmental documents for a proposed Warren Act contract for the introduction of up to 23,000 acre-feet per year of non-Central Valley Project groundwater into the Delta-Mendota Canal for conveyance to Del Puerto Water District. The Warren Act contract would be for a period not to exceed four years.  The source of the groundwater is from private landowners within Merced County, Calif. (4-S Ranch Partners, LLC and SHS Family Limited Partnership).  The proposed action is due to drought conditions in the San Joaquin Valley.  … ”  Read more from the Bureau of Reclamation here:  Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for Conveyance and Storage of Groundwater in the Delta-Mendota Canal to Del Puerto Water District Due to Drought

gavel_scale_of_justice_400_clr_2880Court upholds approvals for Cadiz project:  “The Orange County Superior Court last week issued rulings rejecting all six challenges to the environmental review and approvals by the Santa Margarita Water District and County of San Bernardino relating to the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project. Specifically, the court upheld the environmental impact report (EIR) certified by SMWD and its approval of the Project, a public-private partnership with Cadiz Inc. to pump and transmit groundwater for delivery to SMWD and other water users throughout Southern California. The court also upheld the County’s approval of a Groundwater Monitoring Mitigation and Management Plan and Memorandum of Understanding relating to the groundwater pumping portion of the Project. ... ”  Read more from Best Best & Kreiger here: Court Upholds Approvals for the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project

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

Supreme Court Allows Major Southern California Water Quality Victory to Stand:Justices Deny Review; LA County Must Now Clean Up Its Toxic Discharges:A decision today by the U.S. Supreme Court will protect millions of people living near and visiting Los Angeles rivers and beaches from the harmful effects of water pollution. The Supreme Court declined Los Angeles County and the County Flood Control District’s request to review a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling finding Los Angeles County liable for untreated stormwater pollution that plagues local waterways. The decision stems from a lawsuit initiated by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Los Angeles Waterkeeper in 2008.  The Supreme Court previously remanded the case to the Ninth Circuit Court, which sided with NRDC and Waterkeeper last August. In an attempt to shirk its responsibility for cleaning up the region’s chronically polluted waterways, the County petitioned the Supreme Court for review in January 2014. ... ”  Read more from the NRDC here:  Supreme Court Allows Major Southern California Water Quality Victory to Stand

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