News Worth Noting: Water Year 2015 Ends as California’s Warmest Ever; Framework Unveiled to Aid in Controlling Utility Water Losses; Western Governors discuss ways to improve the ESA before Senate panel

NEW_DWR_LOGO_14inchWater Year 2015 Ends as California’s Warmest Ever; Many Hope for Drought-Busting El Niño in 2016:The turn of the calendar from September to October each year goes without fanfare in most of California, but for the Department of Water Resources’ (DWR) State Water Project (SWP), each October 1 is the start of a new water year. Water Year 2015 has been noteworthy for much less precipitation than normal in California, temperatures much warmer than normal and a growing El Niño in the Eastern Pacific that many Californians hope will end the state’s drought. Most of all, Water Year 2015 will be remembered as the fourth year of one of the state’s most severe dry periods on record.  Water year 2015 continued the trend of surface water shortages for many urban and agricultural agencies. Most notably, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Central Valley Project again had record low deliveries of zero project water to its north-of-Delta and south-of-Delta agricultural contractors and to agricultural contractors in its Friant Division. The SWP provided only 20 percent of its urban and agricultural contractors’ requested amounts. Statewide, the only bright picture was the Colorado River service area, where contractors for this interstate supply continued to receive their full allotments. … ”  Continue reading at the Department of Water Resources here:  Water Year 2015 Ends as California’s Warmest Ever; Many Hope for Drought-Busting El Niño in 2016

Framework Unveiled to Aid in Controlling Utility Water Losses:  “The largest association of California drinking water professionals today announced the formation of a program to educate and assist drinking water agencies in understanding and reducing unnecessary losses of precious water. The American Water Works Association’s California-Nevada Section (CA-NV AWWA) stated that the California Water Loss Control Collaborative will be a far-reaching framework designed to unify and expand independent water loss initiatives in order to meet the goals of new legislation currently awaiting action by Governor Brown. Senate Bill 555, by Senator Lois Wolk of Davis, will require approximately 450 of the largest water agencies in the state to submit validated water audits annually to the Department of Water Resources, with the validation of data certified by an expert in the field. The bill was approved by the state legislature earlier this month and awaits action by the governor. “The AWWA water audit process touches many aspects of water utility operations, and we know that almost all water utilities will need some amount of training and technical support,” said Sue Mosburg, chair of the AWWA Section. … ”  Read more from the AWWA here:  Framework Unveiled to Aid in Controlling Utility Water Losses

wga-western-governors-assn-logoWestern Governors discuss ways to improve the ESA before Senate panel:  “Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock kicked off two days of Capitol Hill appearances by Western Governors today by discussing ways to improve the Endangered Species Act (ESA) before the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife. … “We value our wildlife. It’s part of our quality of life in the West, in many ways it’s why we live there,” said Gov. Mead, who as WGA Chairman has made improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the ESA his Chairman’s Initiative. “But we also value our economy. It’s hard to deal with the constant uncertainty caused by the ESA.” ... ”  Continue reading at the Western Governor’s Association here:  Western Governors discuss ways to improve the ESA before Senate panel

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