News Worth Noting: CA’s Water Sector Could Benefit From Clean Energy Investments, Business leaders urge upstream solution to trash problem, Klamath Project 2015 Operations and Drought Plans, Regional San’s EchoWater Project OK’d for $1.6 Billion in Low-Interest Financing

ucs logoCalifornia’s Water Sector Could Benefit From Clean Energy Investments:Water is a precious commodity in California and it takes significant amounts of energy to pump, treat, and transport water often long distances to users throughout the state. Investing in renewable energy would provide economic benefits to California’s water and wastewater utilities while helping the state adapt to drier conditions and meet its climate goals, according to a report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists. The report, “Clean Energy Opportunities in California’s Water Sector,” shows the untapped potential among most of the state’s 7,000 water and wastewater agencies to make greater use of cleaner sources of electricity as their energy requirements grow.  “The electricity consumption of California’s water is likely to significantly increase as the state pursues more energy-intensive groundwater supplies in the face of increasingly severe and prolonged droughts,” said Juliet Christian-Smith, UCS climate scientist and report co-author. ... ”  Read more from the Union of Concerned Scientists here: California’s Water Sector Could Benefit From Clean Energy Investments

Ca Coastkeeper logoBusiness leaders urge upstream solution to California’s trash problem:  “Today, the California State Water Resources Control Board is expected to adopt an innovative upstream solution to keep trash out of waterways—a “Trash Policy” that officially creates a standard of no trash in California waters.  The Policy would require cities to meet this standard over the next 10 years by installing trash-catching devices in storm drains. The Policy also prohibits plastic manufacturers and rail yards that transport plastic materials from allowing pre-production plastics (commonly called “nurdles”) from entering California waterways.   A 2012 EPA report found that coastal cities and counties in California spend approximately $420 million per year cleaning up marine debris. These communities—and thousands more inland along rivers and streams—rely on clean waterways to power their tourism, recreation and fishing industries. With so much at stake, business leaders are urging the state to invest in prevention, with the adoption of this Trash Policy. … ”  Read more from California Coastkeeper here: Business leaders urge upstream solution to California’s trash problem

ReclamationKlamath Project 2015 Operations and Drought Plans Released Amid Extreme Drought: “The Bureau of Reclamation today released the 2015 Operations Plan and the 2015 Drought Plan for the Klamath Project. The plans outline water deliveries for the 2015 irrigation season, which runs from March 1 to November 15, for over 200,000 acres in northern California and southern Oregon.  Based on the current elevation of Upper Klamath Lake and forecasted inflows, the Klamath Project irrigation supply from UKL is expected to be 254,500 acre-feet, or 65 percent of full supply. The anticipated water supplies available from Clear Lake Reservoir are zero acre-feet, and about 16,000 acre-feet from Gerber Reservoir, or 47 percent of full supply.  “Klamath Project water users are facing an unprecedented situation as the Klamath Basin experiences its fourth consecutive year of drought,” said Brian Person, Acting Area Manager for the Klamath Basin Area Office. … ”  Read more from the Bureau of Reclamation here: Klamath Project 2015 Operations and Drought Plans Released Amid Extreme Drought

SRCSDlogo_NameTag&ID_vF1Regional San’s EchoWater Project OK’d for $1.6 Billion in Low-Interest Financing: On April 7, 2015 one of the largest public works projects in the history of Sacramento County was approved to receive nearly $1.6 billion in low-interest financing from the State of California’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund. The approximately $2 billion “EchoWater Project” – a massive upgrade to the region’s wastewater treatment plant in Elk Grove – will be constructed over the next eight years t o comply with stringent new requirements issued by the State in 2010.  This is the largest single block of financing ever issued to a project under the California Clean Water State Revolving Fund program.  This unique financing approach is expected to reduce the long-term EchoWater Project financing costs through favorable terms for interest rate and loan term. “Our ability to secure this funding means at least a half billion in savings over the life of the loan compared to traditional bond funding,” noted Prabhakar Somavarapu, Regional San’s District Engineer. “This is another way we’re working to minimize the financial burden to our ratepayers for this important regional project. It underscores why the Revolving Fund program is very important to communities, not only in California, but around the country,” added Somavarapu. … ”  More from Regional SAN here: Regional San’s EchoWater Project OK’d for $1.6 Billion in Low-Interest Financing

 

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