News Worth Noting: Appeals Court Decides Case On CDFW’S Extension Of Streambed Alteration Limits To Existing Water Diversions; Draft plans for Central Valley Wildlife Mgt Areas; San Joaquin River Restoration Program Reach 2B enviro docs, and more …

Downey Brand new logoAppeals Court Decides Crucial Case On State Fish And Wildlife CDFW’S Extension Of Streambed Alteration Limits To Existing Water Diversions:On June 4th, 2015, the Third District Court of Appeal reversed the Siskiyou County Superior Court’s injunction against the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (“CDFW”), holding for the first time that the State’s streambed alteration program extends to existing water right diversions even if they do not physically alter streambeds. The Superior Court last year had stopped CDFW from bringing enforcement actions against longtime agricultural water users for continuing to divert surface waters from within the County without first obtaining a streambed alteration agreement pursuant to Section 1602 of the Fish and Game Code. Siskiyou County Farm Bureau v. California CDFW of Fish and Game, Case No. SCSCCV11-00418. In a setback for water rights holders, the Court concluded that Section 1602—ostensibly enacted to counteract mining-related streambed alterations—unambiguously embraces ordinary and long-time water diversions held under existing rights. … ” Read more by clicking here.

usfw-us-fish-wildlife_logoU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Public Input on Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment for Central Valley Wildlife Management Areas : “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has released the Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment (CCP/EA) for the Butte Sink, Willow Creek-Lurline, and North Central Valley Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) in Tehama, Butte, Glenn, Colusa, Yuba, Sacramento, Sutter, Placer, Yolo, Solano, Contra Costa, and San Joaquin Counties in California. The public is encouraged to comment on the Draft CCP/EA, which describes how the WMAs will be managed for the next 15 years. Comments will be accepted through September 9, 2015.  “The primary conservation priority for the WMAs is protecting wetlands and wildlife friendly agriculture to support migratory bird populations in the Pacific Flyway,” said Project Leader, Daniel Frisk, “We want to involve the public during the planning process.”  … ”  Read more from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by clicking here.

ReclamationSan Joaquin River Restoration Program: Mendota Pool Bypass and Reach 2B Channel Improvements Project Environmental Documents Available, Public Meetings Set:  “The Bureau of Reclamation and the California State Lands Commission today released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for public review and comment on the Mendota Pool Bypass and Reach 2B Channel Improvements Project under the San Joaquin River Restoration Program. The Project is a component of the San Joaquin River Settlement (October 2006) and is located in Madera and Fresno counties.  The Project includes the construction, operation and maintenance of the Mendota Pool Bypass and improvements, including the operation and maintenance of the San Joaquin River channel to allow Reach 2B to convey at least 4,500 cubic feet per second. … ”  Continue reading by clicking here.

SWRCB logo water boardsA Greener Globe Corporation Receives $677,531 Penalty for Failure to Provide Monitoring Reports on Roseville Landfill:The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board issued a $677,531 civil liability against A Greener Globe Corporation Inc. Thursday, June 4, for failure to submit technical reports for its Berry Street Mall Landfill at 901 Galleria Blvd. in Roseville.  In 1996, A Greener Globe Corporation bought the closed landfill through foreclosure. The 26-acre parcel is on Galleria Boulevard near the Roseville Galleria mall, Creekside Retail Plaza and the Fountains at Roseville shopping center. A Greener Globe leases a portion of the landfill site to Green Acres Nursery.  Landfills contain high levels of constituents that can impact groundwater and surface water, and state regulations (Title 27, California Code of Regulations) contain specific requirements for maintaining closed landfills, including conducting regular monitoring to ensure any impacts from these constituents are detected and remediated. … ”  Continue reading by clicking here.

LADWP-LogoLA DWP to present final stormwater capture master plan:  “The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is hosting a public meeting to present the Final Stormwater Capture Master Plan. The Plan considers the public’s input from throughout the two year development process which started in 2013, and will serve as LADWP’s blueprint for capturing more stormwater in the City of Los Angeles. The Stormwater Capture Master Plan will serve as an important component of LADWP’s strategy to increase local water supplies and reduce the City’s reliance on more expensive imported water.  … ”  More information by clicking here.

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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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