NEWS WORTH NOTING: Sac State receives $10 million for state water projects; Updated Water Storage Investment Program model products available; Notice of staff technical workshop for Bay Delta Plan Phase 1
Sac State receives $10 million for state water projects
From Sacramento State:
The State Water Resources Control Board’s Office of Sustainable Water Solutions has awarded the Institute for Water, Energy, Sustainability, and Technology at Sacramento State – also known as iWEST – two grants totaling as much as $10 million to provide technical assistance to disadvantaged California communities over the next three years.
The grants are the largest so far under the leadership of iWEST founding executive director Debbie Whaley, a groundwater hydrologist with 30 years’ experience solving water, energy, and environmental challenges around the world.
The $10 million comes from voter-approved Proposition 1, which authorized $7.545 billion in general obligation bonds for water infrastructure projects across California.
Interdisciplinary teams of Sacramento State students, faculty, and staff, along with industry experts, will support small, low-income communities that request State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) funding to improve their water, wastewater, and groundwater systems.
Updated Water Storage Investment Program Model Products Available
From the California Water Commission:
Recently Commission staff completed a quality assurance review of the Water Storage Investment Program (WSIP) Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Statewide datasets and the CalSim-II and DSM2 model products. During the quality assurance review, staff discovered that one of the data processing steps resulted in an erroneous shift of some streamflows from February into March of each year.
As a result, staff recommended some corrections and revisions to the products published on September 9, 2016 (model runs dated 9-3-16). These corrections and revisions are limited to the climate change modifications to the hydrologic inputs to CalSim-II. Streamflows for the following rivers were affected: Sacramento, Feather, American, Mokelumne, Calaveras, Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Merced, Chowchilla, Fresno, and San Joaquin.
If the regulations governing WSIP are adopted by the California Water Commission, and an applicant uses the model products, these versions of the models will be required. Staff intends to include these new model products in the upcoming formal comment period required pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act. The Commission is releasing these new versions in advance of the formal comment period to assist and encourage potential applicants to begin running the models as early as possible.
Notice of Staff Technical Workshop for Bay Delta Plan Phase 1
The State Water Resource Control Board will hold a two-day public technical workshop to provide information and answer questions from the public regarding the analytical tools used to develop the proposed updates to the Water Quality Control Plan for the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary (Bay-Delta Plan) and the recirculated draft Substitute Environmental Document (SED).
The workshops will be held December 5th and 12th beginning at 9:00am. They will be webcast.
The purpose of this staff workshop is to assist interested persons in their review of the proposed Plan Amendment and the SED. The workshop is intended to provide technical information and an explanation of the analytical tools used in developing the proposed Plan Amendment and the recirculated draft SED. The workshop will include staff presentations on the following topics:
December 5, 2016
Water Supply Effects (WSE) Model methods and results
HEC5Q Temperature Model methods and results
Ecological benefits of flow alternatives
December 12, 2016
Overview of impacts analysis
Groundwater use methodology and results
Agricultural economic effects and Statewide Agricultural Production (SWAP) Model
Regional agricultural economic effects and IMPLAN multipliers
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