News Worth Noting: Army Corps practices for Delta flood emergency, multiple agencies eradicate marijuana on Tule River reservation, NASA surveys Napa quake, San Joaquin River Restoration Program to Work with Central California Irrigation District on Seepage Projects, AquaPedia looking for case studies on water conflicts

Army Corps practices for Delta flood emergency:  “U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District employees and emergency operations personnel conducted a small-scale flood emergency response exercise in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta near Walnut Grove, California, Aug. 27, 2014. The exercise provided the district an opportunity to evaluate current emergency response plans and capabilities and work alongside state partners at the California Department of Water Resources to stay ready for a flood emergency. “

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Multiple Agencies Work With the Tule River Tribal Council to Eradicate Marijuana on the Tule River Indian Reservation:Wildlife officers from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the California National Guard – Counterdrug Task Force, Tule River Tribal member organizations and a multitude of other agencies successfully conducted a five-day operation to eradicate marijuana from tribal lands this week. In addition to creating a public safety threat, the growers were poaching wildlife, polluting the land and water and destroying habitat.  Growers were also stealing water directly from tributaries to the Tule River. The Tule River Tribe relies upon this water for 80 percent of their water source. Growers typically use between 8-10 gallons of water per plant per day. The illegal water diversions supported 13,698 marijuana plants during severe drought conditions. On average these marijuana plants consumed over 100,000 gallons of water per day. ... ”  Read more from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife here: Multiple Agencies Work With the Tule River Tribal Council to Eradicate Marijuana on the Tule River Indian Reservation

NASA planeNASA Radar System Surveys Napa Valley Quake Area: NASA scientists are conducting an airborne survey of earthquake fault displacements in the Napa Valley area of Northern California using a sophisticated radar system developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. … According to Randal Albertson, deputy director of NASA’s Airborne Science Program at NASA Armstrong, the mission will enable JPL scientists to acquire new data “to build on the data sets we already have to help us better understand the mosaic of Northern California faults, possible impacts of the drought and lower ground water, as well as the impact the earthquake had on the critical levee system” in the California delta east of the San Francisco Bay Area.  “What we are doing has real potential science benefit to Californians and the nation,” he added. … ”  Read more from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory here:  NASA Radar System Surveys Napa Valley Quake Area

San Joaquin River Restoration Program to Work with Central California Irrigation District on Seepage Projects:The Bureau of Reclamation intends to issue a cooperative agreement to the Central California Irrigation District for an estimated amount of $6,258,150. The full announcement for Funding Opportunity R14AN20022 may be viewed at www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html. This cooperative agreement will provide for CCID to construct, operate, and maintain seepage projects, including interceptor lines, drainage ditches, seepage berms, or land re-leveling, in support of seepage management under the San Joaquin River Restoration Program. Resolving seepage challenges through this agreement is needed to reestablish and reconnect flows in the San Joaquin River from Friant Dam to the Merced River confluence. ... ”  Read more from the San Joaquin River Restoration Program here:  San Joaquin River Restoration Program to Work with Central California Irrigation District on Seepage Projects

aquapediaAquaPedia looking for case studies on water conflicts: The AquaPedia Case Study Database is a free semantic case study hub for connected and collaborative case studies about water — water conflicts, water management challenges, and other water problems that cross boundaries (physical, cultural, sectoral, political, etc.). All case studies on AquaPedia are considered living documents that can be developed, updated, rearranged and expanded. AquaPedia cases and supporting media (photos, charts, animations, illustrations) are open knowledge resources and most materials are considered to be in the public domain or are specifically licensed for free use under Creative Commons or GPL. We are seeking proposals for well-researched water case studies that will be entered into AquaPedia to expand the current range of cases. Those who submit successful proposals (“selected contributors”) will be invited to develop the case on AquaPedia as part of this RFP (“the project”). Those contributors from within this limited invited field will receive awards up to US$500. All selected contributors who meet the minimum requirements for this competition will be awarded compensation for their time, effort and knowledge contributions to the database.  … ”  (Hat tip to the Water Wired blog.)  Read the RFP here: RFP – AquaPedia: Content meets Context for Water – A Global Effort to expand the AquaPedia Case Study Database

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