News Worth Noting: El Nino outlook for the West, Reclamation releases enviro docs for refuge water exchange, Delta newsletters

CW3E LogoCenter for Western Weather Extremes releases El Nino outlook and impacts for the West:  “The Western Regional Climate Center (Kelly Redmond and Nina Oakley) along with NOAA, NIDIS and other western region partners have released a summary discussing El Nino impacts and outlook (October 2014). These brief easy-to-read stories provide a convenient 2-page look at our chances for an El Nino winter and other issues of importance to the western region. ”  To read, go here:  El Nino Outlook
ReclamationReclamation Releases Environmental Document for Exchange of Refuge Water for Panoche Water District Groundwater:The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment for a proposal to exchange refuge Level 2 water for Panoche Water District’s groundwater.  Panoche Water District is proposing to fund the costs of pumping and delivering up to 4,000 acre-feet of groundwater supplies from four existing wells in exchange for up to 2,000 acre-feet of Central Valley Project refuge Level 2 water. The groundwater would be delivered to private wetlands within the Grassland Resources Conservation District in Merced County for refuge water supply needs in fall 2014 through February 28, 2015. In exchange, Panoche Water District would receive Level 2 water delivered by Reclamation to help meet current agricultural water needs. … ”  Read more from the Bureau of Reclamation here: Reclamation Releases Environmental Document for Exchange of Refuge Water for Panoche Water District Groundwater

Delta newsletters now available online:  The Delta Protection Commission’s Fall 2014 Newsletter includes stories on the Delta Narratives project, abandoned vessels, what’s tasty in the Delta right now, the first salmon cannery on the west coast, and more.  Click here for the Delta Protection Commission newsletter.  The newsletter highlights the Delta logo and slogan and includes an article by Delta historian Carol Jensen about the Delta during Prohibition. Program updates include the Delta Watershed Initiative and the Delta Waterway Cleanup. The newsletter also has information for local farmers regarding a new Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) incentives program.  Click here for the Delta Conservancy newsletter.

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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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