News Worth Noting: State Water Board posts proposed emerg regulations for Info Orders & Mill-Deer-Antelope Creek flows; Public comments on drought barriers, BDCP public comments posted, Weekly Water and Climate Report, and more …

SWRCB logo water boardsProposed Emergency Regulation for an Information Order Regulation During the Drought Emergency: Next Tuesday, the State Water Board is scheduled to consider a proposed Resolution amending and readopting a drought emergency regulation regarding Informational Orders.  More documents pertaining to the order were posted yesterday: Click here for the Notice of Proposed Emergency RulemakingClick here for the Informational Order Emergency Regulations Digest.  (Note: the State Water Board has extended public comment on this and the other two proposed regulations until Monday at noon.  Click here for the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting.)

SWRCB logo water boardsProposed Emergency Regulation for curtailments in Mill, Deer, and Antelope Creeks:  Also next Tuesday, the Board will consider update and readoption of the Emergency Regulation for Insufficient Flow for Specific Fisheries in Mill, Deer and Antelope Creeks.  Click here to read the proposed resolution.  (Note: the State Water Board has extended public comment on all three proposed regulations until Monday at noon.  Click here for the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting.)

Army Corps LogoPublic comments due on Delta drought barriers by March 30:  “The USACE is evaluating a permit application to construct the emergency drought barriers project, which would result in permanent impacts to portions of Sutter Slough, Steamboat Slough, and False River. If state officials decide to install the barriers because of extreme drought conditions, temporary fill would be installed starting in May and removed in November. Deadline for public comments for the required permit is March 30. ” Click here for more information.  Click here for relevant maps.

for logoFriends of the River & Restore the Delta post Bay Delta Conservation Plan public comments:Friends of the River (FOR), Restore the Delta (RTD) and other opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta of freshwater and doom sustainable farms, and salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today announced posting on the Friends of the River website of hundreds of suppressed public comments on the Brown Administration’s Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS). These comments, including those from public agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Army Corps of Engineers and even the State’s own Water Resources Control Board, have been suppressed by the Administration. … Friends of the River obtained copies of the BDCP comments under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and posted them at www.friendsoftheriver.org/bdcpcomments regardless of whether the particular comments oppose or favor the Water Tunnels, or agree or disagree with Friends of the River’s comments. … ”  Read the full press release:  Brown Administration Hides Truth About Tunnels From Public, Tunnels Opponents Post Suppressed Public Comments

Delta Stewardship Council new logoSenate Rules Unanimously Confirms Susan Tatayon to Delta Stewardship Council: By a 5-0 vote today, the Governor’s appointment of Susan Tatayon to the Council was confirmed. Her confirmation now goes before the full Senate for vote.  “I believe I bring to the Council a very broad prospective of experience and knowledge relating to California’s water issues,” said Tatayon before the Committee.  “I have done and continue to do my absolute best to work collaboratively with all the stakeholders who have vested interets in the Delta.”   Ms. Tatayon has over 30 years of experience in water resources policy, planning and management.  She is currently an Associate Director of The Nature Conservancy’s California Water Program – a post she has held since 2006.  To view a more complete biography of Susan Tatayon, please click here.”

house nat res commNatural Resources Committee Leaders Urge U.S. Forest Service to Permanently Withdraw Controversial Groundwater Directive:House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) sent a letter today to U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, urging the agency to withdraw its Proposed Directive on Groundwater Resource Management.  The letter was also signed by Committee Vice-Chairman Cynthia Lummis (WY-At large), Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans Chairman John Fleming (LA-4) and Vice-Chair Paul Gosar (AZ-4), and Subcommittee on Federal Lands Chairman Tom McClintock (CA-4) and Vice-Chair Doug LaMalfa (CA-1).  The letter echoes similar concerns voiced by the Western Governors Association and others about how the proposal could usurp state management of groundwater.” Click here to view the full letter.

SNOTELWeekly Water and Climate Report shows March precipitation well below normal for much of the west:  The weekly report focuses on snowpack, precipitation, and temperature conditions in the western U.S., and features a national drought summary.  The report shows that the western and northwest portions of the West received much less than normal precipitation for the first part of March. Click here to read the report.

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