News Worth Noting: Is it the California Delta? or the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta? Vote your preference; plus Steinberg, Hueso, Pavley & others sign on to Wolk water bond, Mammoth Lakes concerned about geothermal project, more time requested for ESA regs

delta protection comm logoIs it the California Delta? or the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta?  Here’s your chance to weigh in:  “For the last few months, the Delta Protection Commission and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy have been working with AugustineIdeas on a project to promote the Delta as a destination, highlighting the details that make the Delta unique – the cultural significance, historic treasures, rich agriculture, diverse recreational opportunities and ecological value, just to name a few.  After hours of research, focus groups, interviews and design, the first round of concepts illuminated conflict around a very basic issue: what do we call the Delta when speaking to non-locals? The responses to the initial designs established two camps – those who support calling it The California Delta, and others who insist on The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. As consistency is crucial to any marketing campaign, the Delta Protection Commission and the Delta Conservancy have resolved to place the matter before the ultimate authority – the Delta residents, businesses, promoters and enthusiasts themselves. ... Find out more here:  For Immediate Release_ Delta Naming Survey

WolkSupport builds for Senate water bond uniting proposals to provide reliable statewide water supply: “Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and legislators from Northern and Southern California and both houses of the State Legislature joined together today to support a Senate water bond that unites proposals to provide a comprehensive approach to address water challenges throughout the state.  The newly amended version of the bond, Senate Bill 848, was crafted to include investments to enhance water supply reliability in every region of the state by author Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis), and a growing list of co-authors: Senators Steinberg, Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley), Ben Hueso, (D-San Diego), and Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), as well as Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord). Additionally, Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D – Oakley) is in the process of being added as a coauthor.  “As California’s antiquated water infrastructure struggles to weather the driest year on record, each passing month makes clear the urgency to equip our state’s water systems for the demands of the 21st Century,” said Senator Steinberg. “Senator Wolk’s proposal deftly navigates the elusive middle ground of California’s historical geographic and ideological differences over water policy, and meets the co-equal goals of enhancing our water supply while protecting the integrity of the system’s lynchpin of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. This is a well-balanced proposal to benefit the entire state.”  Read the full press release here: Press Release SB 848 amendments

MammothLakes logoTown of Mammoth Lakes concerned geothermal project will jeopardize water supply:  “Mammoth Community Water District (MCWD) today released a letter from the Town of Mammoth Lakes (Mammoth) detailing concerns with a proposed geothermal plant expansion project, which could jeopardize the region’s water supply. The project, owned by Ormat Technologies Inc. and known as Casa Diablo IV Geothermal Energy Project (Casa Diablo IV), proposes pumping 29,000 acre feet of hot water from below the cold groundwater zone. Mammoth depends on this cold aquifer to fulfill the water supply needs of the community, and this project directly threatens that precious water supply at a time when California is experiencing a serious statewide drought.  “We are very concerned, as is the Mammoth Community Water District, that this level of pumping under our water supply will have some level of draw down impact on our groundwater resource,” said Town of Mammoth Lakes Mayor Rick Wood. “A diminished water supply will have a devastating impact on Mammoth Lakes.” ... ”  Continue reading here:  MCWD Release – Town of Mammoth 6 11 14

house nat res comm43 Members of Congress request extension of public comment period for new Endangered Species Act regulations: “House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) and 42 Members of Congress sent a letter today to U.S. Fish and Wildlife (FWS) Director Dan Ashe and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Administrator Kathryn Sullivan requesting a six month extension of the public comment period for three proposed Endangered Species Act (ESA) regulations.  The proposed rules, released on May 12, 2014, would make sweeping changes to how critical habitat designations are determined.  Specifically, how the federal government will evaluate whether proposed actions “destroy or adversely modify” critical habitat under the ESA; redefining “adverse modification” as used in consultation under Section 7 of the ESA, and creating a new policy on whether and when to exclude lands or waters from critical habitat designations under Section 4(b)(2).  The current 60 day public comment period expires on July 11, 2014. ... ”  Read more from the House Natural Resources Committee here:  43 Members Request Extension of Public Comment Period for New Endangered Species Act Regulations

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