News Worth Noting: Wildlife Conservation Board funds projects, Siskiyou County seeks high court review of groundwater decision, City of San Jose issues emergency drought declaration, another buyer for Cadiz water, San Diego supports water bond

dfw logoWildlife Conservation Board funds environmental improvement and acquisition projects: At its Aug. 28 quarterly meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $30 million in grants to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat throughout California. Some of the 29 funded projects will provide benefits to fish and wildlife – including some endangered species – while others will provide the public with access to important natural resources. Several projects will also demonstrate the importance of protecting working landscapes that integrate economic, social and environmental stewardship practices beneficial to the environment, land owners and the local community. The funds for all these projects come from bond initiatives approved by voters to help preserve and protect California’s natural resources. … ”  Read more from the Department of Fish & Wildlife here: Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Environmental Improvement and Acquisition Projects

Pacific_Legal_Foundation_LogoSiskiyou County seeks high court review of groundwater decision:  “Last month, the Sacramento Superior Court issued a decision in Environmental Law Foundation v. State Water Resources Control Board, holding among other things that Siskiyou County cannot issue any new well permits unless it assesses the impacts of new groundwater withdrawals on the Scott River.  The decision is the first of a California court holding that the common law public trust doctrine extends, under any circumstance, to groundwater extraction. ... ”  Read more from the Pacific Legal Foundation here:  Siskiyou County seeks high court review of groundwater decision

City_of_San_Jose-logoSan José City Council Declares Citywide Emergency Drought, Restricts Hours for Outdoor Water Use: “In alignment with state actions, yesterday the San José City Council declared an emergency drought and a 20 percent water shortage citywide. The declaration triggers another water use restriction under San José Municipal Code by prohibiting the use of potable (drinking) water to irrigate landscaping between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.  The new time restriction on the use of potable water is effective immediately. Irrigating with grey water or recycled water during these designated daylight hours is allowed.  The Council’s action supports the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s call for Santa Clara County residents and businesses to reduce their water use by 20 percent, as well as the Governor’s call for a 20 percent reduction statewide. … ”  Read more from the City of San Jose here:  San José City Council Declares Citywide Emergency Drought, Restricts Hours for Outdoor Water Use

cadiz100x130Lake Arrowhead Community Services District reserves water from Cadiz Project: “Today Cadiz Inc. ( “Cadiz”, the “Company”) is pleased to report that it has executed a Letter of Intent with Lake Arrowhead Community Services District (LACSD), a California water retailer, for the reservation of 3,000 acre-feet per year from the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery & Storage Project (“Project”).  LACSD supplies approximately 20,000 customers in Lake Arrowhead, California and is the first retail entity located within San Bernardino County to formally express interest in joining the Project.   LACSD is limited from diverting local water from Lake Arrowhead and Cadiz water would provide greater water supply reliability and relief to area residents during future droughts. ... ” Read more from the Cadiz project: Lake Arrowhead Community Services District Reserves Water from Cadiz Project

san diego county water authority logoSan Diego Water Authority Board Votes to Support State Water Bond: “The San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors today voted unanimously to support Proposition 1, a $7.5 billion state water bond measure on the Nov. 4 ballot. If passed by California voters, it would invest in new water supply development and large-scale water infrastructure projects important for the future of San Diego County and the rest of the state.  The water bond was the product of negotiations led by Gov. Jerry Brown, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg. The Water Authority worked for months to advocate for the San Diego region’s policy priorities in Sacramento, and the Water Authority supported the final version of the bond passed by the Legislature. Every member of the San Diego County delegation voted for the bond measure, which Gov. Brown signed on Aug. 13. … ”  Read more from the San Diego County Water Authority here: Water Authority Board Votes to Support State Water Bond

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