News Worth Noting: Reclamation to Conduct Subsidence Surveys; Webinar on Basin Boundary Requests; Potential Water Storage Ballot Measure; Delta Conservancy Newsletter; Congressional Letter to IRS: Don’t Tax Homeowners for Saving Water
Reclamation to conduct subsidence surveys in the San Joaquin Valley: “The Bureau of Reclamation will conduct its end of year land subsidence surveys the week of December 14. The surveys include measurements of 73 control points/survey benchmarks at various roads, bridges and canal structures within a 4,000 square-mile area that overlay the Restoration Area. Initiated in 2011, the surveys assist implementing agencies of the San Joaquin River Restoration Program and other stakeholders in the monitoring of changes in land elevation and evaluate how such changes effect, among other things, Program activities, river and canal conveyance, and facilities of the State Plan of Flood Control. To monitor the rate of subsidence over time, Reclamation conducts surveys of the established network on a bi-annual basis, in July and December. Results of the monitoring are included in a Subsidence Monitoring Technical Memorandum available on the Restoration Program website. ... ” More information here: Subsidence Monitoring Survey Field Advisory
Webinar for local agencies on basin boundary request requirements and procedures on December 17: “The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will be hosting a 2-hour webinar to provide information regarding the Basin Boundary Modification Request submission procedures and requirements. The Emergency Basin Boundary regulations provide the methods and criteria for local agencies to request modification of the Bulletin 118 basin boundary definitions. The Regulations became effective as of November 16, 2015 and the first basin boundary modification submission period opens January 1, 2016 through March 31, 2016. This webinar will describe the general requirements of the regulation, demonstrate of the resources available to local agencies, demonstrate the use of the online Basin Boundary Modification Request System, and answer questions during the webinar. The tools and resources are available for the general public to evaluate the basin definitions and requests to modify these boundaries. Please join us during the webinar, information below, or access the recorded webinar and presentation materials at your convenience later on the Basin Boundary Modification website. The webinar will be held on Thursday, December 17, 2015 from 10 am until noon.” Click here to register.
Legislative Analyst & Department of Finance Meet With Proponents to Discuss Water Storage Measure: “This past week legal counsel for ballot measure proponents and representatives of measure sponsor California Water Alliance met with Legislative Analyst‘s Office [LAO] to review and discuss the potential fiscal impact of “The Water Priorities Public Interest and Public Trust Constitutional Amendment and New Surface Water And Groundwater Storage Facilities Bond Act of 2016,” [“The Water Priorities Initiative”]. The meeting is part of the initiative qualification process leading to circulation and qualification efforts for the measure before the November 2016 election. Representing the state were members of the Department of Finance and Legislative Analyst’s Office with expertise in the State Water Board, Natural Resources, Water Bonds, Policy and Transportation. … ” Read more from the California Water Alliance here: Legislative Analyst & Department of Finance Meet With Proponents to Discuss Water Storage Measure
Delta Conservancy newsletter covers habitat restoration, water quality and more: The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy (Conservancy) Fall 2015/Winter 2016 newsletter, Conservancy Currents, is now posted. Articles include updates on the Conservancy’s habitat restoration, water quality, watershed, and Delta as Place projects. Click here to read the newsletter.
Congressman Jared Huffman leads Congressional Letter to IRS: Don’t Tax Homeowners for Saving Water: “Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) and Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) today led a letter signed by 32 other Members of Congress to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of the Treasury, urging they act to clarify that homeowners who receive rebates for water conservation and stormwater management improvements to their home should not be required to pay federal taxes on those rebates. .. “This is a perfect opportunity to help homeowners and businesses who are doing the right thing,” said Congressman Huffman. “The IRS should not be in the business of taxing rebates for home improvements that address water conservation and green infrastructure. Every consumer in America understands that rebates like these are not income, but an effort to defray costs. It’s time for the IRS to get up to speed by making water conservation rebates tax-free, just like we do with energy conservation rebates. This tax impacts communities across the nation – not just California, but from Washington to Maryland and Florida. I look forward to pushing this common-sense, pro-consumer, pro-conservation reform forward.” … ” Read more from Congressman Jared Huffman here: Congressman Jared Huffman leads Congressional Letter to IRS: Don’t Tax Homeowners for Saving Water
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