News Worth Noting: Notice of available water to divert under pre-1914 rights for the Yuba, American, and San Joaquin River watersheds; Enviro docs for Sacto River Settlement Contractors extension to use CY 2015 Water; $25 million for enviro improvements to tribal lands

SWRCB logo water boardsState Water Board issues notice of available water to divert under pre-1914 water rights for the Yuba, American, and San Joaquin River watersheds:  “State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) staff has determined that sufficient water is now available to support diversions by all pre-1914 water right holders in the Sacramento-San Joaquin watersheds and Delta.  This includes those water rights subject to the June 12, 2015 and later notices of water unavailability in the Yuba, American and San Joaquin River watersheds.   The notice is applicable beginning Tuesday October 27th and will remain in effect until further notice.  Staff’s determination of water availability is based on precipitation and runoff estimates forecasted by the National Weather Service, unimpaired water supply calculations by the Department of Water Resources and reduced water right demands.  During this diversion opportunity, you must comply with all terms and conditions of your water right, especially the season of diversion and bypass conditions.  This notice also does not relieve you of the responsibility to comply with other notices such as a Term 91 notice and orders of curtailment for fishery protection.  You should keep a record of your diversions since such diversions are still subject to prior rights and reporting requirements.  Any diversion in violation of the terms and conditions of your water right, or other notices, are subject to enforcement. State Water Board staff will be monitoring weather forecasts and stream gages to determine if the diversion opportunity should continue or be expanded for post-1914 water rights.  Please monitor your email and our website for further updates on the suspension of the notice of water unavailability.

ReclamationReclamation Releases Environmental Documents on Time Extension for Sacramento River Settlement Contractors to Use Contract Year 2015 Water:The Bureau of Reclamation has released an Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact that analyzed allowing eight Sacramento River Settlement Contractors to extend the period of use of contract water from Oct. 31 to Dec. 10, 2015.  The extension provides much needed food and habitat during the drought for waterfowl, shorebirds and other species dependent upon the Pacific Flyway. The extension also provides operational flexibility for Reclamation’s Central Valley Project and includes more stable river flows. The EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=23335.”  More information here:  Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents on Time Extension for Sacramento River Settlement Contractors to Use Contract Year 2015 Water

epa-logoUS EPA announces more than $25 million for environmental improvements to tribal lands in California: “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced over $25 million in funding to invest in California tribes for environmental programs, water and wastewater infrastructure development, community education and capacity building. The announcement was made at the 23rd Annual Regional Tribal Conference in Reno, Nev.  “Tribes have made great progress in protecting the environment and improving public health in Indian Country,” said Jared Blumenfeld, regional administrator for EPA’s Pacific Southwest office. “These grants will help support the significant accomplishments that have been achieved through the collaborative efforts of the California tribes and the federal government.”  This year, about $12.5 million will support water quality projects and water infrastructure for California tribes. … ”  Read more from the EPA here:  US EPA announces more than $25 million for environmental improvements to tribal lands in California

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