News Worth Noting: Enviro groups call for new BDCP scoping alternatives, Reclamation announces meetings to revise criteria for CVP contractor’s water management plans, Fort Ord restoration project, World Water Week

for logoFriends of the River, C-WIN, CSPA and the Environmental Water Caucus call for new BDCP scoping of a reasonable range of alternatives including the Responsible Exports Plan Submitted by the Environmental Water Caucus:  The letter reads: “Friends of the River (FOR), the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN), the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA), and the Environmental Water Caucus (EWC) (a coalition of over 30 nonprofit environmental and community organizations and California Indian Tribes) are relieved to learn that the Bay Delta Conservation Plan website announced on August 27, 2014 that the California Department of Water Resources “and the other state and federal agencies leading the Bay Delta Conservation Plan will publish a Recirculated Draft BDCP, Draft EIR/EIS ), and Draft Implementing Agreement (IA) in early 2015.” The announcement also states that: “The scope of the partially recirculated draft documents will be announced in approximately six to eight weeks. The recirculated documents will include those portions of each document that warrant another public review prior to publication of final documents.” We look forward to learning of the scope of the recirculated documents by mid- to late October of this year.  Our organizations have communicated several times with BDCP officials about analysis of alternatives in the BDCP process. … ”  Read more from Friends of the River here:  9 4 14 FINAL FOR EWC pdf alts comment letter

ReclamationReclamation Announces Public Meetings and Revision of Standard Criteria for Evaluating Water Management Plans:The Bureau of Reclamation will host three public meetings to present information and receive comments on the proposed revision to the Standard Criteria for Evaluating Water Management Plans. Reclamation developed the Standard Criteria in response to the Central Valley Project Improvement Act of 1992 and in accordance with the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982. The purpose of the Standard Criteria is to promote the highest efficiency of water delivery.  Section 210 of the Reclamation Reform Act requires contractors to prepare and submit Water Management Plans with definite goals, appropriate water conservation measures, and timetables. Contractors are required to submit Plans every five years to be evaluated against the Standard Criteria by the Mid-Pacific Regional Water Conservation Office. Section 3405(e) of the CVPIA requires that the Standard Criteria be reviewed every three years and revised, if necessary.  ... ”  Meetings will be held in Willows, Sacramento, and Fresno.  More information here:  Reclamation Announces Public Meetings and Revision of Standard Criteria for Evaluating Water Management Plans

Army Corps LogoArmy Corps awards $7 million for Fort Ord restoration project: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District awarded a $7 million contract Aug. 28 to Burleson Consulting Inc. of Folsom for habitat restoration and biomonitoring of endangered species at the former Fort Ord. This phase of the environmental project is set to begin in fall of 2014 and end in the fall of 2019. The Army has been involved in munitions cleanup at the former Fort Ord since 1993 and environmental preservation is an important part of that mission.  ... ”  Read more from the US Army Corps of Engineers here:  Army Corps awards $7 million for Fort Ord restoration project

NASA LogoWorld Water Week: Focusing globally on water and energy:  “Water: A beautiful and crucial ingredient for life on Earth. As our climate changes due to man-made emissions, so does the water around us, whether it’s drought, sea level rise or ocean acidification.  In recognition of World Water Week (Aug. 31 to Sept. 5), we’ve created a list of water-related articles, quizzes, interactives and NASA mission websites, along with other resources for your enjoyment, education and reflection.”  Check it out at NASA’s Vital Signs of the Planet website here:  Focusing globally on energy and water

pacific instituteExploring the business case for corporate action on sanitation:  “More than 100 senior leaders from international business, the public sector and UN agencies, civil society, and other interests attended the kick-off event of the CEO Water Mandate’s three days of activities taking place as part of World Water Week 2014.  “This event provided another opportunity for the CEO Water Mandate to advance discussions and actions in relation to the crucial Post-2015 agenda – and we are most pleased to be giving special attention to global sanitation challenges”, said Gavin Power, Deputy Director of the UN Global Compact. “Sanitation is the most lagging of the Millennium Development Goals, and urgent action and coordination will be needed in the coming years and decades”. … ”  Read more from the Pacific Institute here:  Exploring the business case for corporate action on sanitation

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About News Worth Noting:  News Worth Noting is a collection of press releases, media statements, and other materials produced by federal, state, and local government agencies, water agencies, and academic institutions, as well as non-profit and advocacy organizations.  News Worth Noting also includes relevant legislator statements and environmental policy and legal analyses that are publicly released by law firms.  If your agency or organization has an item you would like included here, please email it to Maven.

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