News Worth Noting: USGS releases California water use estimates for 2010; Desert Water Agency opposes groundwater legislation; LA meeting on groundwater monitoring for fracking; Pesticide restrictions for some Central Valley counties

usgs logoUSGS: California Water Use Estimates for 2010 Released: About 38 billion gallons per day (42,000,000 acre-feet per year) of water were withdrawn from groundwater and surface-water sources in California in 2010, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey dataset, which is now available online. To put the quantity in perspective, this daily amount is equivalent to draining Lake Shasta, California’s largest reservoir, at full capacity about once every 40 days. The site shows water-use estimates based on source type (surface water vs. groundwater, and fresh vs. saline water) and withdrawal category, including irrigation, public supply, and thermoelectric. Estimates are provided for individual counties and for the entire state.  “The current drought in California has increased demand for these data,” said USGS California Water Science Center Director, Eric Reichard. “This information is critical for managers and planners to understand how factors such as population, industry, crops, energy production and climate affect water withdrawals.”  ... ”  Read more from the USGS here:  California Water Use Estimates for 2010 Released

Desert Water Agency LogoDesert Water Agency to oppose groundwater legislation unless amended:  “The Desert Water Agency (DWA) has moved to an oppose unless amended position on two bills that the Agency spent months helping to shape after political carve outs were added to the legislation. California Senate Bill 1168 and Assembly Bill 1739 were crafted to manage groundwater in the state, a change DWA worked closely with lawmakers to craft. Now, as the deadline for bill amendments approaches rapidly, the bills have changed to include policies that the Agency cannot support, because they would not achieve the goal of been statewide sustainable management for water users. Those changes include:  An opportunity for counties that do not want to take on groundwater management to opt out of doing so; and a carve out for Native American tribes that would exempt them from groundwater management responsibilities. Additionally, the amendment would remove adjudication of groundwater from state courts while water rights laws emanate from the state. ... ”  Continue reading here:  8 21 2014 GW Leg PR FINAL

waterboard_logoLos Angeles Public Meeting Set August 25 to Discuss Groundwater Monitoring in Areas of Oil and Gas Production:On August 25, The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) will host a public stakeholder meeting    to develop groundwater monitoring model criteria in Los Angeles to evaluate if ongoing well stimulation      activities (such as hydraulic fracturing or fracking) are impacting groundwater resources. The meeting will allow input from public stakeholders as required by Senate Bill 4 (SB 4) (statutes of 2013). SB 4 governs well stimulations and   requires the State Water Board to establish rules and standards for groundwater monitoring. This model criteria is intended to ensure regulators, local health officials and the public have representative monitoring data to better identify if a groundwater has been impacted. ... ”  More information here:  Los Angeles Public Meeting Set August 25 to Discuss Groundwater Monitoring in Areas of Oil and Gas Production

CDPR LogoRestrictions on high VOC pesticide products in some Central Valley counties coming next year:Next year the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) will likely not allow some pesticides that are high in Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) to be used in the San Joaquin Valley non-attainment area between May and October. The specific areas affected include: the San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, and Tulare counties and the parts of Kern County. The restrictions are needed in order to comply with the Clean Air Act.  Statewide pesticides account for about 2% of all VOCs. DPR has preliminary data that shows that the VOC emissions in 2013 slightly increased. As a result, we need more restrictions in place to ensure we don’t exceed our goal next year. These restrictions are mandated by regulations that are part of the State Implementation Plan (SIP) under the Clean Air Act. … ” Read more from Department of Pesticides here: Restrictions on High VOC Pesticide Products

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