News Worth Noting: Imagine H2O launches inaugural Water Policy Challenge; DISB seeks comments on adaptive management report; Urban conservation compliance info; Drought preparedness bills; DWR planning grants guidelines; CEQA guidelines amendments

Imagine H2o logoImagine H2O launches inaugural Water Policy Challenge with $25,000 prize:  “Imagine H2OTM, the leading accelerator for water innovation, today announced its 2015 California Water Policy Challenge. The Challenge aims to identify policy approaches that help California’s cities, farms and industries deploy water technologies. The winning entry will receive up to $25,000 in support.  According to a recent UC Davis study, California’s drought has already resulted in an estimated $2.7bn in lost revenue and 18,600 lost jobs. Water available to agriculture in 2015 will be 67% below average. Policy that enables the deployment of water technology can not only address the state’s water challenge, but also create new economic opportunities, now and in the future.  Imagine H2O, whose accelerator portfolio represents over $1 in every $10 of early­ stage financing in the water sector, will work with some of the state’s leading water experts to identify policy ideas that effectively balance impact and political feasibility to drive the market for water innovation.  … ”  Read more here:  Imagine H2O to launch inaugral Water Policy Challenge with $25,000 prize

Delta Stewardship Council new logoDelta Independent Science Board seeks comments on adaptive management report:  “This report by the Delta ISB broadly examines how adaptive management is perceived and used in the Delta and considers how it could be applied more efficiently and effectively.  The report identifies impediments to applying adaptive management in the Delta and offers recommendations that may provide a path to making adaptive management an integral part of management of the Delta and its resources.  This report partially fulfills the mandate of the Delta ISB in the Delta Reform Act of 2009 to “provide oversight of the scientific research, monitoring, and assessment programs that support adaptive management of the Delta through periodic reviews of each of those programs….” ” (§ 85280 (a)(3)). … ”  Read more from the Delta Stewardship Council here:  Delta Independent Science Board seeks comments on adaptive management report

SWRCB logo water boardsDetails on water conservation compliance actions now available at State Water Board website: Beginning in June 2015, all urban water suppliers were required to reduce water use, in keeping with Governor Brown’s April 1 Executive Order that called for an average 25 percent reduction statewide. June reporting data showed that California residents conserved enough water to exceed the Governor’s statewide conservation target, saving an average of 27.3 percent. Some 273 water suppliers, serving nearly 30 million people met or exceeded their individual conservation standard which ranged from 8 percent to 36 percent.  The State Water Board’s Office of Enforcement is targeting its compliance efforts on the suppliers that did not meet their June conservation standard. Urban water supplier compliance was classified based upon how far their savings fell below their conservation standard.  Details on compliance actions are available on the Water Conservation Portal Enforcement page at http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/conservation_portal/enforcement.shtml.

WolkAssembly’s key fiscal committee OKs Wolk drought preparedness bills: The State Assembly’s Appropriations Committee voted today to approve two bills by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) focused on saving water during the state’s ongoing drought.  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.  “Sub-metering encourages water users to be more aware of their usage, providing information on potential leaks and a financial incentive to conserve. Yet, unlike water meters for individual homes, there is no requirement in state law that individual dwelling units in apartment buildings have individual meters or sub-meters,” 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:  Assembly’s key fical committee OKs Wolk drought preparedness bills

BB&K logoDraft guidelines for planning grants released by DWR:With the passage of the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1), California voters authorized the issuance of $7.1 billion in general obligation bonds for water quality, supply and infrastructure improvements in California. Included in Proposition 1 is the Sustainable Groundwater Planning Grant Program, which will allocate $100 million in competitive grants for the development of sustainable groundwater plans and projects.  The Grant Program moved a step forward this week as the Department of Water Resources released draft guidelines for the program, as well as a draft Proposal Solicitation Package for Counties with Stressed Basins. The release of these draft documents on Tuesday opened the public comment period … ” Read more from BB&K here:  Draft guidelines for planning grants released by DWR

gavel_scale_of_justice_400_clr_2880OPR releases preliminary discussion draft of CEQA guideline amendments for public review:  “On August 11, 2015, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) released a Preliminary Discussion Draft of Changes to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines (Preliminary Discussion Draft). The OPR proposes to amend the CEQA Guidelines (Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations) to provide efficiency, substantive, and technical improvements, which are summarized below. Comments are due by October 12, 2015. … ”  Read more from the National Law Review here: OPR releases preliminary discussion draft of CEQA guideline amendments for public review

 

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