News Worth Noting: Project to protect Sacramento River salmon nearly complete; Bryon Bethany Irrigation District hearing postponed; Updated handbook on Sustainable Groundwater Management Act implementation now available; New technical memo from SWAMP

CNRA_logoProject Nearly Complete to Prevent Straying of Adult Sacramento River Salmon: “Sacramento River salmon will face one less peril this winter, thanks to a joint effort to retrofit a 100-year-old structure in Yolo County.  On Thursday, local, state, and federal officials gathered to celebrate the coming completion of the $2.5 million project, the first of several in the lower Sacramento Valley to ensure safe salmon passage.  The project will keep salmon from straying into a channel that drains the entire western part of the Sacramento Valley.  This project is one of several planned to help salmon recover in the Sacramento River and its tributaries.  “This project is an example of our commitment to making life better for fish in California,” said California Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Charlton H. Bonham. “But it is just the beginning of a larger effort to get things done.  Guided by science, we will continue to work closely with our state, local and federal partners to aggressively pursue fish passage and habitat restoration projects with clearly defined goals, measurable objectives and the financial resources to turn dirt and fix problems.” ... ”  Read more from the Natural Resources Agency here: Project Nearly Complete to Prevent Straying of Adult Sacramento River Salmon

SWRCB logo water boardsBryon Bethany Irrigation District hearing at the State Water Resources Control Board postponed until early 2016:  The public hearing to determine whether to impose Administrative Civil Liability against Byron-Bethany Irrigation District for alleged unauthorized diversions from the Delta at the State Water Board, originally scheduled to begin next week, has now been postponed until next year. The pre-hearing conference is scheduled for February 8, 2016; The hearing is scheduled for March 21 – 25, 2016.  Click here for the revised notice from the State Water Board.

groundwaterhandbook_coverUpdated handbook on Sustainable Groundwater Management Act implementation now available: From the Water Education Foundation:  “This handbook provides crucial background information on the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, signed into law in 2014 by Gov. Jerry Brown. The handbook also includes a section on options for new governance.  It has been updated to include chapters on SGMA fees and case studies of SGMA implementation.  Background information in the handbook provides an overview of California groundwater and the SGMA, a timeline and a list of frequently asked questions. The chapter on approaches and options for governance explains how a Groundwater Sustainability Agency might be formed and what the broad goals of a Groundwater Sustainability Plan.  Also included is an easy-to-understand definition of the three options for governance and a step-by-step guide with tips on forming a GSA. This handbook was developed with funding from the California Water Foundation. ” Click here to download a copy.

swamplogoboxNew technical memo from SWAMP on assessing health of freshwater streams:  “The Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) is pleased to announce the release of a new technical memo titled “The California Stream Condition Index (CSCI): A New Statewide Biological Scoring Tool for Assessing the Health of Freshwater Streams.”  This memo summarizes the development, features and use of the California Stream Condition Index (CSCI), SWAMP’s next-generation index for monitoring stream health in California.  It was written by SWAMP Bioassessment Program Research Scientists – Dr. Andrew C. Rehn of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), Dr. Raphael D. Mazor of the Southern California Coastal Research Project (SCCWRP) and Dr. Peter R. Ode (CDFW).  Michelle Tang and Cavin Yang of the State Water Board’s SWAMP unit contributed design and coordination assistance. It can also be accessed by clicking on this direct link: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/swamp/bioassessment/docs/csci_tech_memo.pdf”

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