News Worth Noting: Denham predation bill sent to House floor with bipartisan support; District Court dismisses ESA citizen suit against Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District; Metropolitan able to meet region’s water supply demands, calls for continued conservation

Denham predation bill sent to House floor with bipartisan support

From the Office of Congressman Jeff Denham:

Jeff_Denham_Official_PortraitThe House Natural Resources Committee today voted unanimously to send U.S. Representative Jeff Denham’s (R-Turlock) bill, the Save Our Salmon (SOS) Act, to the floor of the House of Representatives for consideration. The SOS Act (H.R. 4582) eliminates the counterintuitive doubling requirement established by the 1992 Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA) for striped bass, a known non-native predator fish of threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead.

“The drought has taken a significant toll on the Central Valley and I’m proud to put forward a smart and bipartisan solution to a counterproductive policy from 24 years ago,” said Rep. Denham. “By eliminating the doubling requirement of non-native predator fish, federal agencies can focus solely on native fish recovery and stop wasting taxpayer dollars on a shortsighted policy.”

The CVPIA mandated population doubling for all anadromous fish in an effort to protect the fish populations. The policy included doubling requirements for both native species and non-native predator fish, specifically striped bass. As a result, millions of acre-feet of water have been sent to the ocean in addition to the expenditure of millions of dollars every year to protect fish populations across the Central Valley. Removing predator fish from the doubling requirement will give native fish species a better chance to repopulate while saving time, money and water.

Since its introduction in February 2016, the SOS Act has received support from 15 water agencies and irrigation districts throughout California. During a testimony in front of the Natural Resources Committee in April 2016, the Department of Interior stated its support for Rep. Denham’s SOS Act.

The SOS Act will now go to the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote. Full bill text of the SOS Act is available here.

District Court dismisses ESA citizen suit against Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District

From Somach Simmons & Dunn:

somach logoOn June 3, 2016, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California dismissed litigation by the Center for Environmental Science, Accuracy, and Reliability (CESAR) against the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District (Regional San) due to the plaintiff’s failure to comply with the notice requirement of the Endangered Species Act’s (ESA), 16 U.S.C. §§ 1531-1544, citizen suit provision.  CESAR’s first amended complaint alleged that Regional San’s discharge of treated wastewater to the lower Sacramento River contains ammonia in amounts that indirectly cause the take of delta smelt due to adverse effects on the food supply for the species.  (Regional San disputes this contention, and is, in any event, in the midst of major wastewater treatment modifications that will reduce ammonia discharges by over 95 percent.) …

Continue reading at Somach Simmons & Dunn here: District Court Dismisses ESA Citizen Suit against Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District

Metropolitan Water District able to meet region’s water supply demands; calls for continued conservation among residents

Imported water supplier passes state’s ‘stress-test,’ relies on continued conservation amid ongoing drought

From the Metropolitan Water District:

MWD logoThe Metropolitan Water District of Southern California today released results of an analysis demonstrating it has sufficient water supplies to meet the demand of its member agencies over the next three years, thanks in large part to successful water conservation by Southland residents.

After the State Water Resources Control Board ended mandatory emergency conservation in May 2016, it asked water agencies to instead demonstrate whether they have sufficient supplies for the next three years, assuming the drought continues. Under the new regulations, if an agency has a shortfall, it must cut water use by that amount through January 2017.

“This so-called ‘stress test’ asked if we can provide water for our member agencies for the next three years, and our answer is yes,” said Metropolitan General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger. “To provide that assurance, we have invested to diversify our water portfolio with some of the nation’s largest conservation programs, more storage, and ongoing efforts to improve reliability of imported water supplies.”

While Metropolitan’s stress-test results mean it will not be forced into mandatory conservation, long-term conservation remains a key pillar of its water supply reliability plan. By 2040, conservation and recycling will account for one-third of Metropolitan’s water portfolio according to its Integrated Water Resources Plan which was updated in January and guides the agency’s long-term water management policies.

“Metropolitan is focused on supporting long-term water conservation and moving toward a more sustainable lifestyle,” said Brandon Goshi, manager of water policy and strategy. “Rather than look to water rationing as a solution in dry years, we are focused on how to be reliable every year.” To that end, Metropolitan has invested nearly $1 billion over the past 25 years to develop drought-resilient local supplies, increase water conservation and reduce per capita water use.

Continue reading here:  MWD Release 061516 FINAL

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