News Worth Noting: First-ever Groundwater Project Breaks Ground for San Joaquin River Restoration Program; Draft Environmental Documents for South of Delta Accelerated Water Transfer Program; Comments requested on Delta Plan performance measures

First-ever Groundwater Project Breaks Ground for San Joaquin River Restoration Program

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

Reclamation“Deep in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley sits a sandy plot of vacant farm land, once said to have several artesian wells overflowing with groundwater. The Cordeniz [core-deh-neez] family that owned the land say it was difficult to dig a fence-post hole without water filling it right back up. But that was decades ago.

Over that last few years, part of that sandy basin has been put to good use—soaking up and banking any excess water to recharge groundwater supplies.

On Dec.17, 2015, the local Tulare Irrigation District held a groundbreaking ceremony for its project to quadruple the existing groundwater recharge basin, from 20 acres to 80, increasing storage capacity to approximately 300 acre feet; that’s nearly 98 million gallons of groundwater. Around 25 people from local and federal interests were on hand for the event, including members of the Cordeniz family.  … ”

Continue reading at the Bureau of Reclamation here:  First-ever Groundwater Project Breaks Ground for San Joaquin River Restoration Program

Reclamation Release Draft Environmental Documents for South of Delta Accelerated Water Transfer Program

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

ReclamationThe Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the implementation of an accelerated process for annual water transfers and/or exchanges pursuant to Section 3405(a) of the CVPIA for Contract Years 2016 through 2020 (March 1, 2016 to February 29, 2021).

The accelerated process would continue previous accelerated programs allowing timely water management between South of Delta Central Valley Project contractors to meet agricultural demands and/or municipal and industrial or other water requirements.

The Draft EA/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=24115. If you encounter problems accessing the document, please call 916-978-5100 or email mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov.

Comments are due by Friday, January 22, 2016. Please email comments to mburns@usbr.gov. Written comments may also be mailed to Molly Burns, Bureau of Reclamation, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721 or faxed to 559-487-3000.

Comments requested on Delta Plan performance measures

From the Delta Stewardship Council:

Delta Stewardship Council new logoThe Delta Stewardship Council is seeking comments on recommendations for refinements to the Delta Plan’s Output and Outcome Performance Measures that were presented at the December Council meeting.

Staff members described the process they used to develop the refinements, as well as the new measures they are suggesting. The Delta Independent Science Board has agreed to review the methodology.

The staff report (Agenda Item 11) outlining this information can be found by clicking here.

The individual performance measures discussed during the Council meeting are outlined in Attachment 1 and can be found by clicking here.

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