News Worth Noting: SWAMP assessment of California’s perennial streams; Wolk drought bills earn key committee support; Obama threatens veto of HR 2898; CVPIA Work Plan for FY 2016; Open house/scoping meetings for Klamath River salmon
SWAMP Perennial Streams Assessment (PSA) 2015 – Management Memo: An Assessment of Biological Condition using the new California Stream Condition Index (CSCI): “PSA stream surveys found that the majority of stream length in the Sierra Nevada and North Coast is in good biological condition, while the majority of stream length in the South Coast, Chaparral and Central Valley is in poor or very poor condition. Similarly, most of the stream length draining forested watersheds is in good condition, while most of the stream length draining watersheds dominated by agricultural and urban land use is in poor or very poor condition. On average, stream condition showed no directional change over time, either for better or for worse (robust 13-year data set). Streams where phosphorous concentration or riparian disturbance exceeded thresholds had the greatest relative risk of biological impairment.” Read the memo here: psa_manage_memo_july_fifteen
Drought preparedness bills earn key committee’s support: “Three bills by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) focused on saving water passed out of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee today. Wolk’s Senate Bill 7 requires the installation of submeters in new multifamily residential buildings, encouraging responsible water consumption and conservation by providing residents accurate information about the volume and cost of their water usage. “California’s water supply is under intense pressure from climate change, increasing population and development,” Wolk said. “Given the extent of the drought and the need for greater water conservation in California, all of the state’s residents should be armed with the knowledge of how much water they are using in order for them to take steps to reduce their usage.” … ” Read more from Senator Wolk here: Drought preparedness bills earn key committee’s support
Obama threatens to veto HR 2898 in statement of administrative policy: “The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 2898, the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015, because it fails to address critical elements of California’s complex water challenges and will, if enacted, impede an effective and timely response to the continuing drought while providing no additional water to hard hit communities. Like similar legislation in the last Congress, H.R. 2898 was developed with little input from the public, the Administration, or key stakeholders affected by the drought. The urgency and seriousness of the California drought requires a balanced and flexible approach that promotes water reliability and ecosystem restoration. ... ” Read more from the Executive Office of the President here: Statement of Administration Policy – HR 2898
Central Valley Project Improvement Act Annual Work Plans for Fiscal Year 2016 – Public Meeting and Open House: “The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold a public meeting to present and solicit comments on the Central Valley Project Improvement Act Annual Work Plans for Fiscal Year 2016. The CVPIA mandates changes in management of the Central Valley Project, particularly for the protection, restoration and enhancement of fish and wildlife. The event will be held in Sacramento on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The public meeting and open house will include an overview of CVPIA actions, an interactive poster session for discussions with the individual program and project managers and oral comments from the public. … ” For more information: Central Valley Project Improvement Act Annual Work Plans for Fiscal Year 2016 – Public Meeting and Open House
Open House/Scoping Meetings Scheduled on Long-Term Plan for Protecting Adult Salmon in the Lower Klamath River: “The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled four open house/public scoping meetings to begin preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement to evaluate the effects of the Long-Term Plan for the Protection of Adult Salmon in the Lower Klamath River. The lower Klamath River is located in Humboldt and Del Norte counties, Calif. The purpose of the scoping meetings is to solicit early input from the public regarding the development of alternatives to be evaluated and their potential environmental impacts. ... ” The meetings will be held in in August at locations in Arcata, Weaverville, Klamath Falls, and Sacramento. For more information: Open House/Scoping Meetings Scheduled on Long-Term Plan for Protecting Adult Salmon in the Lower Klamath River
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