News Worth Noting: State Water Board issues directive on submitting info to adjust conservation standards; Final docs for Sacramento River salmon projects; Weekly water and climate update

State Water Board Issues Directive on Submitting Information to Adjust Conservation Standards

Climate, Population Growth Among New Factors For Mandatory Drought Restrictions

From Best Best & Krieger:

BB&K logoThe State Water Resources Control Board released a fact sheet Wednesday detailing the information urban water suppliers will need to submit to receive a conservation standard adjustment under the recently adopted emergency water conservation regulation, which extends water conservation mandates through October. Several key provisions of the regulation could result in water conservation targets being relaxed for some urban water suppliers in warmer regions, as well as in areas with growing populations. The Board also released a preliminary analysis of each urban water supplier’s conservation tier as it relates to the extended regulation. The extended regulation is expected to go into effect later this week, once it is approved by the State Office of Administrative Law.

Continue reading at Best Best & Krieger here: State Water Board Issues Directive on Submitting Information to Adjust Conservation Standards

Reclamation Releases Environmental Document for the Upper Sacramento River Anadromous Fish Habitat Restoration Project

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

ReclamationThe Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Upper Sacramento River Anadromous Fish Habitat Restoration Project.

The Project continues the work of improving spawning and rearing habitat for salmon and steelhead in the Sacramento River below Keswick Dam. This Project is one of many to help meet the requirements of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act, Section 3406 (b)(13), to restore and replenish spawning gravel and rearing habitat.

The Final 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=23758.

Reclamation Releases Environmental Document for the Lower American River Anadromous Fish Habitat Restoration Project

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

ReclamationThe Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the American River Anadromous Fish Habitat Restoration Project.

The project includes creation and restoration of side channel rearing habitats for juvenile salmonids, spawning gravel additions, and woody material placement. This project is one of many to help meet the requirements of the 1992 Central Valley Project Improvement Act, Section 3406 (b)(13), to restore and replenish spawning gravel and rearing habitat.

The Final 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=3202.

Weekly water and climate update: A dry week across the mountains of the West

From the NRCS:

water reportThe Natural Resources Conservation Service produces this weekly report using data and products from the National Water and Climate Center and other agencies. The report focuses on seasonal snowpack, precipitation, temperature, and drought conditions in the U.S.

The 7-day precipitation percent of average map shows most stations had a dry week, which is very different from the previous weekly report when the West was primarily wet.  The accompanying above normal warm temperatures prompted snowmelt across the region.

Click here to read the report.

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