News Worth Noting: State Water Board appointee Steven Moore re-confirmed by State Senate; Blue-green algae blooms in San Luis Reservoir, O’Neill Forebay, and Silverwood Lake; Weekly water and climate report

Governor Brown’s State Water Board Appointee Steven Moore Re-Confirmed by State Senate

SWRCB logo water boardsThis week the California State Senate voted unanimously to re-confirm Steven Moore as a member of the State Water Resources Control Board, following the June recommendation by the Senate Rules Committee that he serve on the board. On Feb. 5, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. reappointed Moore to this Board post. Moore was first appointed May 10, 2012, to the State Water Board, and was re-confirmed on Aug. 1.

The five member State Water Board provides comprehensive protection for California’s waters.

The State Water Board’s mission is to preserve, enhance and restore the quality of California’s water resources, and ensure their proper allocation and efficient use for the benefit of present and future generations.

“It is an honor to be re-appointed by Governor Brown and confirmed by the Senate to continue reviewing and taking action on important water resources issues before this Board,” Moore said. “Water resources issues touch the lives of every Californian in numerous ways. Management of these scarce resources requires careful consideration. The impacts of climate change and our current five-year drought pose both hard choices and opportunities. I look forward to working with the State Water Board members to get this state ready for the next 50 years of water use as our population grows and our sources of water evolve and grow to serve this great state.”

Moore fills the position of sanitary engineer and lives in Sausalito. Moore’s term expires in January 2020.

For more information on State Water Resources Control Board members, visit their webpage.

Blue-Green Algae Bloom in San Luis Reservoir and O’Neill Forebay; Caution Urged in Water Contact

From the State Water Resources Control Board and California State Parks:

SWRCB logo water boardsThe Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board and the California State Parks are urging swimmers, boaters and recreational users to avoid direct contact with, or use of, waters containing blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) now blooming in San Luis Reservoir and O’Neill Forebay located in Merced County on the western edge of the San Joaquin Valley.

Due to the potential health risks, the San Luis Reservoir and O’Neill Forebay are now posted with health advisories. Water samples collected by the Department of Water Resources on July 11 and July 25, 2016, exceeded the trigger levels for the protection of human health from the California Cyanobacteria and Harmful Algal Bloom Network’s Voluntary Guidance. Cyanotoxins in samples from San Luis Reservoir near Dinosaur Point Boat Ramp exceed the Danger Action Trigger and samples from the O-Neill Forebay exceed the Caution Action Trigger. Samples taken at the O’Neill Forebay North Beach swim area had toxin levels less than the Caution Action Trigger level. However, the public is still urged to use caution when recreating in this area as bloom conditions can change rapidly. For more information on the status of recreational activities at the San Luis Reservoir and O’Neill Forebay, the public should contact the San Luis Reservoir’s State Parks Service (209) 826-1197.

We urge people to choose safe activities when visiting San Luis Reservoir and O’Neill Forebay and recommend that people and their pets avoid contact with water, including swallowing or inhaling water spray, in areas with algae blooms. Children and pets are particularly at risk.

Click here for more information.

Blue-Green Algae Blooms in Silverwood Lake; No-Swimming Advisory in Effect

From the Department of Water Resources:

NEW_DWR_LOGO_14inchSwimmers, boaters and recreational users are urged to avoid direct contact with Silverwood Lake in San Bernardino County until further notice because of a cyanobacteria (blue-green) algal bloom. DWR continues to test the water and will update this advisory if conditions change.

Based on current testing results, the following precautions from the Voluntary Statewide Guidance for Blue-Green Algae Blooms are in effect at Silverwood Lake:

  • No swimming.
  • Stay away from scum and cloudy or discolored water.
  • Do not drink lake water or use it for cooking. Boiling or filtering will not make the water safe.
  • Do not let pets go into or drink the water, or go near scum on the shoreline.
  • For fish caught here, throw away guts and clean fillets with tap water or bottled water before cooking.
  • Do not eat shellfish from these waters.
  • If you or your pet becomes sick after going in the water, contact your doctor or veterinarian.

Sunlight, warm temperatures, nutrients in the water and calm conditions can contribute to algal blooms, which are considered to be harmful if they produce toxins that can affect people and pets when they contact the affected water.

People can be exposed to the toxins when they accidently ingest water while swimming or waterskiing. The toxins can also contact the skin during swimming or be inhaled if they become aerosolized, such as during waterskiing or jet skiing.

Exposure to high concentrations of these toxins can cause skin rashes, eye, nose, mouth or throat irritation, headache and gastrointestinal upset. Dogs can experience diarrhea, vomiting, convulsions, or even death if they ingest the water or lick their fur after contacting the affected water.

For more information, click here.

Weekly National Climate and Water Report: Warmer than normal temperatures the next three months forecast for the entire U.S.

From the USDA:

Sept Oct Nov OutlookThe 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 new outlook for the U.S. shows the entire forecast area has a higher probability of above normal temperatures in the coming three months. According to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center: “The August-September-October 2016 temperature outlook indicates increased probabilities of above normal temperatures across the entire forecast domain, although probabilities are tempered in areas to the west of the Rocky Mountains, across the Great Plains, and through the Ohio Valley. The highest probabilities for above normal temperatures are forecast across southern Alaska, the Aleutian Islands, and the Alaska panhandle.”

Click here to read the report.

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