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Daily Digest: Rice farms receive federal help to provide waterbird habitat; California drought, marine heat more likely with warming; State Fair debuts exhibits titled, ‘Conservation: The California lifestyle’; and more …

In California water news today, Rice farms receive federal help to provide waterbird habitat; California drought, marine heat more likely with warming; State Fair debuts exhibits titled, ‘Conservation: The California lifestyle’; More investors asked to join Sites Reservoir planning; City of Weed targeted in lawsuit Roseburg water agreements; Grand jury: Contra Costa levees require more care; Proposed water restrictions too tough, Monterey Peninsula officials say; and Los Angeles looks for extra water down its alleys

On the calendar today …

  • Public meeting on approved basin boundary adjustments in Redding at 3:00 PM: DWR will hold a series of public meetings in mid-July to present the Draft Approved Basin Boundary Modifications, provide an overview of the BBMRS and technical review process, answer clarifying questions and receive further public comments on the Draft Approved Basin Boundary Modification submissions at 3pm.  Click here for more information.

In the news today …

Rice farms receive federal help to provide waterbird habitat:  “With habitat for California waterbirds drying up, conservation groups and rice farmers are collaborating to flood fields and enhance waterbird habitat on roughly 550,000 acres of California’s rice fields.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is contributing $7 million, matched by partner agencies, for helping share farmers’ costs of implementing new practices that align rice growing with waterbird needs.  “The idea behind the program is to provide the incentive for people to adopt new things and then do it on their own even without the payment,” program manager Alan Forkey said. ... ”  Read more from the Sacramento Bee here:  Rice farms receive federal help to provide waterbird habitat

California drought, marine heat more likely with warming: A persistent wash of warm waters off the West Coast, which caused wildlife die-offs and blocked drought-quenching storms from reaching California last year, was caused by the happenstance interplay of natural ocean cycles, research findings published Monday show.  The findings also suggested that while the drought and the blob of warm water were the result of the natural whims of the weather, climate change could make such events more likely and intense in the future. To a small extent, it’s already doing so. ... ”  Read more from KQED here:  California drought, marine heat more likely with warming

State Fair debuts exhibits titled, ‘Conservation: The California lifestyle’:  “Making conservation a way of life in California is the focus of three exhibits featuring water saving tips now open at the California State Fair in Sacramento.  The exhibits, titled “Conservation: The California Lifestyle,” are sponsored by the California Department of Water Resources. An outdoor exhibit also features conservation tips offered by Save Our Water, the state’s official water conservation program operated in partnership between ACWA and DWR. ... ”  Read more from ACWA’s Water News here:  State Fair debuts exhibits titled, ‘Conservation: The California lifestyle’

More investors asked to join Sites Reservoir planning: Calling all water users: If you would like to buy in on water from a future Sites Reservoir, now is the time.  Plans for Sites Reservoir are moving forward, with a deadline of June 2017 to ask the state Water Commission to pay for half of the estimated $4.4 billion construction cost.  Sacramento Valley water users had the first chance to ask for (and pay for) a future of the water supply pie. … ”  Read more from the Oroville Mercury Register here:  More investors asked to join Sites Reservoir planning

City of Weed targeted in lawsuit Roseburg water agreements:  “The battle over the city of Weed’s water supply has made its way to a federal district court, where a group of citizens is hoping a judge will bar the city from acting on a contract with Roseburg Forest Products.  Roseburg and the city have engaged in negotiations in recent years over a spring that provides Weed with a large portion of its water supply.  The water from Beaughan Springs had been utilized by Weed under a 50-year agreement with Roseburg, and has been in use by the city for approximately 100 years, according to a complaint recently filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. … ”  Read more from the Siskiyou Daily News here:  City of Weed targeted in lawsuit Roseburg water agreements

Grand jury: Contra Costa levees require more care: There’s more work to be done to improve the condition of Contra Costa County’s Delta levees, according to a recent civil grand jury report.  To make the county’s 139.48 miles of levees safer, the report recommended increasing community education and fostering resource-sharing and collaboration among the numerous agencies responsible for their care.  The levees are of vital importance in terms of both safety and economics, the report said. Some experts, however, think the state has already taken steps to make them safer. … ”  Read more from the East Bay Times here:  Grand jury: Contra Costa levees require more care

Proposed water restrictions too tough, Monterey Peninsula officials say: Local officials and business leaders are concerned that newly proposed water usage restrictions will throw a wrench into impending development plans such as the Project Bella luxury hotel and the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s new educational building.  The state water board staff released a June 17 recommendation in response to California American Water’s bid to seek a five-year extension of the Carmel River pumping cutback order that includes direction for property owners seeking a zoning or use change. Staff indicated they must abide by the lesser of the actual average annual metered water use established for the five-year period from water year 2008-09 to water year 2012-13. Business owners say that’s unreasonable because that usage was during a time of great recession when water consumption was lower. ... ”  Read more from the Monterey County Herald here:  Proposed water restrictions too tough, Monterey Peninsula officials say

Los Angeles looks for extra water down its alleys:  “Of the roughly 300,000 acres in the city of Los Angeles, more than 2,000 are alleyways that cut through city blocks. And because they’re mostly paved, they do little to capture one of the city’s most prized resources: water.  Following the examples set by Chicago, Seattle and other cities, Los Angeles is working to transform these narrow spaces into networks of green alleys.  The main purpose, beginning with a green alley network in the South Park neighborhood of South Los Angeles, is to capture some of the storm water that is otherwise lost. … ”  Read more from the New York Times here:  Los Angeles looks for extra water down its alleys

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