News Worth Noting: USGS releases drought visualization website, Water hyacinth mechanical harvesting begins in the Delta, Delta recreation survey, ACWA awards

usgs logoData-driven insights on the California drought: USGS Releases Drought Visualization WebsiteA newly released interactive California Drought visualization website aims to provide the public with atlas-like, state-wide coverage of the drought and a timeline of its impacts on water resources.  The U.S. Geological Survey developed the interactive website as part of the federal government’s Open Water Data Initiative. The drought visualization page features high-tech graphics that illustrate the effect of drought on regional reservoir storage from 2011-2014.  For the visualization, drought data are integrated through space and time with maps and plots of reservoir storage. Reservoir levels can be seen to respond to seasonal drivers in each year. However, available water decreases overall as the drought persists. The connection between snowpack and reservoir levels is also displayed interactively. Current streamflow collected at USGS gaging stations is graphed relative to historic averages. Additionally, California’s water use profile is summarized. … “  Read more from the USGS here:  Data-driven Insights on the California Drought: USGS Releases Drought Visualization Website

DBW logoWater hyacinth mechanical harvesting begins in the Delta:  “The California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) will begin mechanical harvesting of Water Hyacinth in parts of the Delta this morning. A contract was finalized this week with Clean Lakes, Inc. of Martinez, and harvesting will take place in areas most impacted by the hyacinth.  The focus of the mechanical harvesting will begin with a section of the Stockton Deep Water Channel from Weber Point to Buckley Cove.  Other adjacent areas where water hyacinth has travelled and is impairing navigation will also be harvested.  … DBW recognizes the challenges with water hyacinth, and its impact to the public. New treatment methods and chemicals are continually being considered. Mechanical harvesting is an alternative treatment for DBW that is in compliance with federal environmental regulations to deal with this invasive aquatic plant. … ”  Read the full release here: Water Hyacinth Mechanical Harvesting Begins in the Delta

delta protection comm logoDelta Recreation Survey:  “Do you own or manage Delta recreation and tourism facilities, services and/or programs in the Delta?  If so, the Delta Protection Commission invites you to participate in the 2014 Delta Recreation Survey. Understanding the capacity, needs and goals of the Delta’s recreation and tourism industry helps everyone plan for the future.  This survey will update the Commission’s 2005 recreational facility inventory and identify challenges that Delta recreation and tourism industry providers are facing today.  The inventory is useful for public and private recreation and tourism entities, elected officials and planners to understand current conditions and trends, and to identify new opportunities. With accurate data, business owners and local agencies can work together more effectively to improve facilities and develop programs that support the Delta lifestyle and our business community. ” For more information, go here:  Recreation Survey

acwa_logo.gifACWA presents emissary award to Bette Boatmun:  “The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) today presented its ninth annual Emissary Award to Bette Boatmun, a longtime water leader known for her stewardship on water resources and advocacy on special district issues. Presented at ACWA’s 2014 Fall Conference & Exhibition in San Diego, the award recognizes individuals for remarkable contributions to California water through voluntary service to ACWA. … ”  Continue reading here:  ACWA presents emissary award to Bette Boatmun

acwa_logo.gifACWA presents communications award to Cucamonga Valley Water District:  “The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) today presented its Huell Howser Best in Blue Award to the Cucamonga Valley Water District for its community tours program.  The award was presented during the annual ACWA Fall Conference & Exhibition in San Diego, where more than 1,600 local water officials are gathered through Friday for programs and panel discussions on a variety of key water issues. … ”  Read more from ACWA here:  ACWA presents communications award to Cucamonga Valley Water District

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