News Worth Noting: Reclamation revises standard criteria for evaluating water management plans, DWR announces drought funding, Dutch Slough Tidal Restoration EIR finalized, Reclamation’s climate change adaptation strategy, Nancy Sutley and Margaret Spring join Ocean Science Trust Board

ReclamationReclamation announces revision of the standard criteria for evaluating water management plans: “The Bureau of Reclamation in September 2014 hosted three public meetings to present information and receive comments on the proposed revision to the Standard Criteria for Evaluating Water Management Plans. Reclamation has updated 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. ... ”  Read more from the Bureau of Reclamation here:  Reclamation announces revision of the standard criteria for evaluating water management plans

NEW_DWR_LOGO_14inchDWR Pumps $14 Million into Drought-Proofing Sacramento Area:The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced nearly $14-million to fund projects throughout the Sacramento region that will help provide immediate drought relief and prepare for future droughts.  Grants totaling $200 million were made to agencies for projects statewide through an expedited funding process directed earlier this year by Governor Brown.  Drought Relief Grants totaling $9,765,000 for 17 projects were awarded to Sacramento’s Regional Water Authority (RWA).  Yolo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District (YCFCWCD) will receive $4 million for two projects. … ”  Read more from the Department of Water Resources here: DWR Pumps $14 Million into Drought-Proofing Sacramento Area

Dutch Slough map 1Dutch Slough Tidal Restoration EIR finalized: DWR has finalized and posted the Final Supplemental EIR (SEIR) for the Dutch Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration Project and the Response to Comments.  For more information and to read the documents, go here:  DWR Dutch Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration Page 

ReclamationCommitment to Address Climate Change Issues Highlighted in Reclamation Climate Adaptation Strategy:  “Bureau of Reclamation’s Principal Deputy Commissioner Estevan López has released the Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for Reclamation. In line with President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the strategy provides a framework in which Reclamation managers can develop and adopt innovative solutions that provide a more reliable water supply in a changing climate.  “This strategy represents our determination to directly face the challenges posed by climate change and to support our stakeholders and partners in addressing the related impacts to water supplies and power generation,” López said. “Reclamation’s work provides reliable and affordable water and power to agriculture, cities and the environment. With our stakeholders, we contribute some $64 billion and 403,241 jobs to the nation?s economy, so addressing these emerging challenges is vital.” … ”  Read more from the Bureau of Reclamation here:  Commitment to Address Climate Change Issues Highlighted in Reclamation Climate Adaptation Strategy

calost_logo_Nancy Sutley and Margaret Spring Join Ocean Science Trust Board of Trustees: “A former White House aide and prior leader of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) were named to the Board of Trustees at Ocean Science Trust, a unique non-profit organization mandated by state legislation to provide the rigorous science that can underpin informed decisions for the future of California’s coasts and oceans. Nancy Sutley, who led the White House Council on Environmental Quality for the past five years, and Margaret Spring, former Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere at NOAA, are joining a board rich in California science and resource management expertise. In addition to their national leadership, Sutley and Spring bring deep experience with environmental issues affecting the West Coast, including managing water resources, conserving  marine ecosystems, and adapting to a changing climate. ... ”  Read more from the California Ocean Science Trust here:  Nancy Sutley and Margaret Spring Join Ocean Science Trust Board of Trustees

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