News Worth Noting: DWR releases draft strategic plan for groundwater act implementation; Proposed rulemaking Mill, Deer, and Antelope Creeks, Prop 84 IRWM grant solicitations, McClellan AFB cleanup, RWA urges continued conservation

NEW_DWR_LOGO_14inchDWR Releases Draft Strategic Plan for Implementing Historic Groundwater Laws for Public Comment:  “The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) seeks public input on a draft strategic plan for its role in carrying out the historic sustainable groundwater laws enacted last fall by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.  The draft plan describes DWR’s responsibilities and vision for carrying out the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, a package of laws that aim to protect the groundwater basins that provide more than half of the water Californians use in dry years. … The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act directs DWR to complete multiple activities, including but not limited to, adoption of regulations for local agency proposed revisions to groundwater basin boundaries, adoption of regulations for evaluating and implementing local agency prepared groundwater sustainability plans, update the prioritization of basins, and conduct groundwater assessments into the next decade. … ”  Read more from the Department of Water Resources here:  News Release_ DWR Develops Draft Strategic Plan for Implementing Historic Groundwater Laws

SWRCB logo water boardsNotice of Proposed Emergency Rulemaking for Curtailment of Diversions Due to Insufficient Flows for Specific Fisheries (Mill, Deer, and Antelope Creek):The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board or Board) has updated its website with a Notice of Proposed Emergency Rulemaking for Curtailment of Diversions Due to Insufficient Flows for Specific Fisheries and the proposed rulemaking package.  The Notice of Proposed Emergency Rulemaking for Curtailment of Diversions Due to Insufficient Flows for Specific Fisheries is available by clicking here.  The proposed rulemaking package is available by clicking here.  A previous draft of the proposed regulation was released by the Board, via email, on March 6, 2015, as part of Item no. 8, on the Board’s March 17, 2015 agenda.  The version of the proposed regulation in the attached rulemaking includes modifications to the title to read “… Section 878.1 subdivision (b) through (f)”; a revision of the word ‘and’ to ‘or’ in Section 877 subdivision (c)(1)(B)(i)(A) and (c)(2)(B)(i)(A); and the correction of the last subdivision of Section 878.1 from subdivision (e) to (f).  The most current information and the attached documents are available by clicking here.  Detailed information on this regulation development is available by clicking here.  This item is scheduled for considered at the March 17, 2015 Board meeting.

NEW_DWR_LOGO_14inchDWR Opens Public Comment Period on Final Round of Proposition 84 Integrated Regional Water Management Grant Solicitations: “The Department of Water Resources (DWR) opened the public comment period today on the Draft Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP) for the final round of Proposition 84 Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) grant funding to support projects to meet California’s long-term water management needs.  The Guidelines and PSP will be used to review proposals and award grants of nearly $231.6 million in bond funds later this year for IRWM projects, including delivery of safe drinking water, flood risk reduction, enhancement of regional drought preparedness and protection of water quality and the environment. In the previous three rounds of IRWM Implementation grants, DWR has awarded approximately $577 million to fund more than 460 projects throughout the state. … ”  Read more from the Department of Water Resources here:  NEWS RERLEASE_ DWR Opens Public Comment Period of Final Round of Prop 84 IRWM Grant Solicitations

epa-logoEPA issues cleanup plan for former McClellan Air Force Base:The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today issued a cleanup decision for a large area of the McClellan Air Force Base Superfund site in Sacramento, California. EPA’s Record of Decision selects cleanup actions for contaminated soils across 130 acres in 43 separate areas at the former base.  The Finding of Suitability for Early Transfer #2 Action Sites Record of Decision is the third issued for properties transferred from the U.S. Air Force to McClellan Business Park LLC and is a major step forward in the cleanup and redevelopment of the former base. The cleanup will excavate and remove 60,988 cubic yards of soils contaminated with solvents, metals and other hazardous wastes and require land use restrictions to protect people and the environment from low levels of remaining contamination. ... ”  Read more from the EPA here:  EPA issues cleanup plan for former McClellan Air Force Base

Sac RWA logoRegional Water Authority urges continued conservation amid fourth drought year: The Regional Water Authority (RWA) Board of Directors yesterday unanimously adopted a resolution urging its 22 water provider members to continue efforts to reduce water use by 20 percent or more.  “With our typically wettest winter months behind us and a Sierra snowpack at historic lows, it’s time for all of us to get ready for a fourth drought year,” said RWA Executive Director John Woodling. “A ‘March Miracle’ storm doesn’t seem to be on the horizon, but even that will not be enough to erase the effects of three dry years and higher-than-average temperatures.” … ”  Continue reading here:  Regional Water Authority urges continued conservation amid fourth drought year

 

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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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