News Worth Noting: Deer Creek curtailments, Save Our Water summer campaign, NRDC Beach Report, House NRC holds hearing on EPA proposed rule change

waterboard_logoSome curtailments on Deer Creek suspended: “The State Water Resources Control Board has issued a notice of immediate suspension of Order WR 2014-0022-DWR:  Curtailment Order in the matter of diversion of water from Deer Creek, tributary to the Sacramento River in Tehama County (attached).  Due to existing hydrologic and climatic conditions and lack of presence of juvenile or adult Central Valley spring-run Chinook salmon (CV SR salmon) or juvenile California Central Valley steelhead (CCV steelhead) in lower Deer Creek, the Notice, effective immediately, suspends Order WR 2014-0022-DWR, under the emergency regulations for Curtailment of Diversions due to Insufficient Flow for Specific Fisheries (California Code of Regulations., title 23, sections 877 through 879.2) (Regulations) section 877, subdivision (c)(2)(E). Curtailment for those Diverting Water in the Sacramento River Watershed with a Post-1914 Appropriative Right remain in effect.  This Notice, future curtailment order, modification of the emergency minimum flow, and other related documents will be posted on the State Water Board website and can be accessed at:  http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/drought/milldeerantelope_curtailment_info.shtml”  Read the suspension order here:  Suspension_OrderWR-2014-022_letter

Save-Our-Water_logoSave Our Water launches ‘Don’t Waste Summer’ campaign:  “As a drought-stricken California moves further into a hot summer, Save Our Water – a partnership between the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) – is launching Don’t Waste Summer , a campaign devoted to providing daily tips and news on the new campaign microsite – SaveOurWater.com – to help Californians find ways to conserve at home and at work every day. Don’t Waste Summe r kicks off this week with the official start of summer and will be shared on the program’s Facebook page, Twitter account and on the new SaveOurWater.com microsite every morning using hashtag #DontWasteSummer through the end of summer. Tips will range from simple ideas such as shutting water off as you brush your teeth, to checking for and fix ing leaks, to helpful ways businesses big and small can do their part in saving water during the drought. The campaign will also showcase the efforts Save Our Water partners are taking to conserve this summer. ... ”  Read more from the Department of Water Resources here:    Save Our Water launches ‘Don’t Waste Summer’ campaign

Click here to visit the NRDC's page on the California drought.NRDC Beach Report: 10 Percent of America’s Beach Water Samples Fail Safety Test:  “Ten percent of all water quality samples collected last year from nearly 3,500 coastal and Great Lakes beaches in the U.S. contained bacteria levels that failed to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s most protective benchmark for swimmer safety. According to the 24th annual beach report released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the findings confirm that serious water pollution persists at many U.S. seashores, with massive stormwater runoff and sewage overflows historically being the largest known sources of the problem.  “Sewage and contaminated runoff in the water should never ruin a family beach trip,” said NRDC senior attorney Jon Devine. “But no matter where you live, urban slobber and other pollution can seriously compromise the water quality at your favorite beach and make your family sick. To help keep us healthy at the beach and stem the tide of water pollution, our government leaders can finalize a critical proposal – the Clean Water Protection Rule – to restore vital protections for the streams and wetlands that help sustain clean beaches.” ... ”  Read more from the NRDC here:  Beach Report: 10 Percent of America’s Beach Water Samples Fail Safety Test

house nat res commWitnesses Agree Proposed Water Rights Regulations Continue the “Obama Knows Best” Water Policies: “Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee Water and Power held an oversight hearing on “New Federal Schemes to Soak Up Water Authority: Impacts on States, Water Users, Recreation, and Job’s.” The hearing examined recent actions by the Obama Administration to turn over longstanding water rights and eliminate multiple land and water uses on and off federal lands.  The proposed “Waters of the U.S.” regulation and the U.S. Forest Service’s Groundwater Directive are additional measures proposed by the Obama Administration that many believe are land and water grabs.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (U.S. Forest Service) and Bureau of Reclamation refused the Committee’s invitation to send witnesses to testify and answer questions regarding the proposed regulations.  At the beginning of today’s hearing, the House and Senate Western Caucus and Water and Power Subcommittee Chairman Tom McClintock released a letter from House Members and Senators across the country urging U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to withdraw the Groundwater Directive.  “I believe that these proposals open a new chapter in executive agencies running amok – seizing powers by their own edicts that have been specifically denied them by the legislation that created them in the first place,” said Subcommittee on Water and Power Chairman Tom McClintock (CA-04). … ”  Read more from the House Natural Resources Committee here:

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