News Worth Noting: Wolk amends water bond, Documents for Arvin-Edison – MWD 10 year transfer program, Land subsidence trends in the Coachella Valley

WolkSenator Wolk amends water bond:  The bond, SB 848, would provide $10.5 billion in funding for projects that will address California’s critical needs, including: urgent drinking water treatment for communities that do not currently have access to safe water; critically needed groundwater treatment projects; wastewater treatment to protect California’s rivers, streams and beaches; community supported habitat restoration in the Delta; Delta levee stability funding to reduce the risk of levee failure due to flood, earthquake and sea-level rise; regional water supply development, including water recycling, groundwater clean-up, and agricultural and urban water conservation; additional surface and groundwater storage; stormwater reuse and capture; and watershed restoration throughout California.  For more information:  SB_848_(Wolk)_fact_sheet_6_9_14 and SB_848_Summary_as_amend_6_9_14

ReclamationReclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for Arvin-Edison Water Storage District and Metropolitan Water District 10-Year Water Transfer/Exchange Program:The Bureau of Reclamation has released final environmental documents for the Arvin-Edison Water Storage District and Metropolitan Water District 10-Year Water Transfer/Exchange Program. The proposed exchange allows operational flexibility by letting Arvin-Edison Water Storage District and Metropolitan Water District exchange Central Valley Project water, State Water Project water, and water stored in groundwater banks to meet their customers’ needs in the most efficient manner. The maximum volume of CVP water exchanged would be 100,000 acre-feet per year. … ”  Read more from the Bureau of Reclamation here:  Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents for Arvin-Edison Water Storage District and Metropolitan Water District 10-Year Water Transfer/Exchange Program

usgs logoNew USGS report details land subsidence trends in the Coachella Valley:  “While most of the Coachella Valley was relatively stable, land surfaces declined about nine inches to two feet in some areas of Palm Desert, Indian Wells, and La Quinta, between 1995 and 2010. An important recent exception was observed in La Quinta where groundwater levels have stabilized and risen, and the rate of land subsidence substantially decreased after groundwater replenishment systems were installed in 2009, according to a new scientific report published by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Coachella Valley Water District. The positive trend in La Quinta was detected in the vicinity of CVWD’s Thomas E. Levy Groundwater Replenishment Facility that began operations in 2009 to replenish the groundwater system using Colorado River water. Here, the aquifer system responded quickly to the replenishment operations, and continued the recovery through 2010 when data collection for the report concluded. ... ”  Read more from the USGS here:  New USGS report details land subsidence trends in the Coachella Valley

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