News Worth Noting: Republican Assemblymembers formally request special session on water; Groundwater adjudication legislation moves forward; Sustainable Groundwater Planning Grant Program Draft Guidelines and PSP; New infographics from SoCal Water Committee

California_State_Assemblyman,_Bill_BroughRepublican Assemblymembers formally request special session on water:Republican Assemblymembers Bill Brough (R-Dana Point), James Gallagher (R- Nicolaus), Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) and Devon Mathis (R-Visalia) today delivered a formal request to Governor Brown calling for the immediate establishment of a special legislative session to address California’s continuing water crisis as well as ongoing state actions that have failed to deliver as promised.  “Because of this crisis, Californians are hurting, measures taken thus far have failed and the credibility of state government is on the line,” said Brough. “While California is in a supposed state of emergency, those in charge appear to be in a state of sluggishness.”  The correspondence to Brown cited several reasons supporting the calling of a special session, specifically widespread reports that as much as half of the $687 million set aside to help drought-stricken communities remains unspent in state accounts – and will remain there until 2016. The letter also cited a similarly slow pace distributing funds raised as a result of last year’s Proposition 1 ballot measure. … ”  More from PR Newswire here:  Republican Assemblymembers formally request special session on water

Legal alert: Legislation revamping groundwater adjudication moves forward:  “AB 1390 aims in unprecedented fashion to expedite procedures and processes for groundwater adjudications, which, in California, are known to take one or two decades before reaching a final judgment. The bill would add various provisions to the California Code of Civil Procedure that would be codified as Sections 830 through 849. AB 1390 was introduced in the California Assembly on February 27, 2015 and last amended in the California Senate earlier this week on August 18. September 4 is the last day to amend bills, September 11 is the last for each house to pass bills and October 11 is the last day for the Governor to sign or veto bills. With unanimous support so far in both chambers of the Legislature, AB 1390 is well on its way to becoming law, set for further hearing next week in the California Senate. ... ”  Continue reading from JD Supra here:  Legislation revamping groundwater adjudication moves forward

NEW_DWR_LOGO_14inchDWR releases Sustainable Groundwater Planning Grant Program Draft Guidelines and PSP:  “The Department of Water Resources announces the release of the draft Guidelines for the Sustainable Groundwater Planning (SGWP) Grant Program and draft Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP) for the “Counties with Stressed Basins” solicitation, funded by the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1). The documents can be found at: http://www.water.ca.gov/irwm/grants/sgwp/guidelinespsp.cfm.  This release of the draft Guidelines and the PSP opens the public comment period. The public comment period will close on October 5, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.  DWR will hold three public meetings to present the contents of the documents and solicit comments. The meeting presentation materials will be posted later at: http://www.water.ca.gov/irwm/grants/sgwp/upcomingevents.cfm

SCWC Water Fix infographicSouthern California Water Committee infographics:  Local water projects and the California Water Fix: “Local water supply projects are critical to a reliable water supply in Southern California, but the region also needs a secure supply from the State Water Project, which supplies about 30 percent of the region’s water. SCWC has released two new infographics highlighting the need for CA WaterFix – Governor Brown’s plan to modernize the state’s water delivery system and create a more secure water supply for 26 million Californians. CA Water Fix was developed over nearly a decade with extensive expert review, planning, and scientific and environmental analysis. The project promotes supply reliability, supports drought protection and prepares for climate change. The plan also also features CA EcoRestore – a companion program to protect and restore the wildlife and environment of the Delta.”  Southern California’s Water Supplies in Perspective is available here.  CA WaterFix – Safeguarding Water Supplies & Planning for the Future is available here.

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