News Worth Noting: Army Corps, water agencies and National Fish & Wildlife Foundation partner on wetland restoration; Supreme Court denies petition for review in Russian River frost protection case; LA Mayor issues drought directive; NRDC and CA Water Foundation respond

Army Corps LogoCorps, water agencies, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation partner on wetland restoration:The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District, along with several state and federal regulatory agencies, approved a new program by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation which offers a new option for mitigating unavoidable impacts to California’s aquatic resources, including wetlands. The new program by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, a non-profit organization, would enable permit holders required to provide compensatory mitigation to now pay an in-lieu fee as one option for satisfying their mitigation requirements.  … ”  Read more from the Army Corps of Engineers here:  Corps, water agencies, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation partner on wetland restoration

somach logoSupreme Court denies petition for review in Russian River frost protection case:  “On October 1, 2014, the California Supreme Court denied the petitions for review of the First District Court of Appeal’s opinion in Light v. State Water Resources Control Board (2014) 226 Cal.App.4th 1463.  In that opinion, the Court of Appeal reversed the Mendocino County Superior Court’s 2013 judgment invalidating section 862 of Title 23 of the California Code of Regulations (Section 862).  For a complete summary of the Court of Appeal opinion and Superior Court Judgment, see “First District Court of Appeal Upholds State Water Resources Control Board’s Frost Protection Regulation,” available here.  Justice Baxter noted his dissent from the denial of the petitions for review and would have granted review.  With the Supreme Court’s order, Section 862 will go into effect according to a “phased approach,” as required by the Court of Appeal’s modified opinion. ... ”  Read more from Somach Simmons & Dunn here:  Supreme Court denies petition for review in Russian River frost protection case

garcettiLA Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Executive Directive #5: Emergency Drought Response Creating A Water Wise City:  ” … Reducing imported water use is of critical importance to Los Angeles. City government and the people of Los Angeles must take steps to confront this crisis, both in the short and long term. In particular, reducing outdoor water use is critical to solving this crisis as it accounts for more than half of all residential water use in Los Angeles.  Therefore, I am directing the following actions to achieve the following goals:  A reduction in per capita potable water use by 20% by 2017; A reduction in the Department of Water and Power’s purchase of imported potable water by 50% by 2024; and the creation of an integrated water strategy that increases local water supplies and that improves water security in the context of climate change and seismic vulnerability. ... ”  Read the full directive here: Executive Directive #5: Emergency Drought Response Creating A Water Wise City

nrdc-logoNRDC responds to Mayor Garcetti’s directive:  From the Director of NRDC’s Water Program Steve Fleischli:  “Severe drought and a changing climate call for a bold response. Mayor Garcetti’s plan to improve L.A.’s water efficiency and slash waste is exactly the type of action that our city – and state – need to become more water resilient. The mayor’s investments in 21st century solutions to improve water conservation, capture rainwater and use treated wastewater make good economic and environmental sense no matter the weather.”  Full press release here:  Severe Drought Triggers Aggressive Response from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

cwf logoCalifornia Water Foundation applauds Mayor Garcetti’s directive:  Andrew Fahlund, deputy director of the California Water Foundation, commending Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti for issuing an executive order aimed at reducing imported water and increasing local water supplies through an integrated water management approach:  “We applaud the mayor for making some real and concrete commitments to reducing imported water use in Los Angeles. The water demands on our cities throughout the state are far outpacing mother nature’s supply and call for an integrated approach to how we use our local water supplies. Our current drought has magnified our water challenges, and more than ever we must take measures to reduce the amount of water we use and use what we have in a more efficient manner. It will take this brand of leadership at a local level to make the kind of impact necessary for change. We are encouraged by this order, which serves as a proclamation that everyone must be thinking about innovative ways to conserve water, and it must become the new normal no matter if we are in times of drought or abundance.”  Source: California Water Foundation Applauds LA Mayor’s Emergency Drought Response

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