NEWS WORTH NOTING: State Water Board schedules Urban Water Conservation Workshop; California water rights compliance checklist for 2017; U.S. EPA awards $200,000 Brownfield grant for redevelopment along L.A. River

State Water Board schedules Urban Water Conservation Workshop

By Maven

On Wednesday, January 18th, the State Water Resources Control Board will hold a public workshop to receive input on the extension and potential modification of the current Emergency Regulation for Statewide Urban Water Conservation, which will expire on February 28, 2017 if the Board does not act to extend it.  The workshop will provide an opportunity to receive stakeholder input regarding the extension and potential modification of the Emergency Regulation.

While precipitation so far this water year has been encouraging, some regions of the state are still experiencing drought conditions.  Additionally, with still many more months left to go in the wet season, the hydrologic conditions are not yet known, making it prudent to prepare for continued drought conditions, the notice states.

A readopted Emergency Regulation would extend through October, 2017.  If the Board extends the Emergency Regulation essentially unchanged, each urban water supplier (serving more than 3,000 connections or more than 3,000 acre-feet of water annually) would continue to either 1) be assigned a conservation standard between 8 percent and 36 percent, based on their residential gallons per capita per day (R-GPCD) for the months of July through September 2014, with some adjustment factors, or; 2) self-certify a conservation standard based on the supplier’s water supply reliability assessment that demonstrates the degree sufficient supplies are available to meet demand should drought conditions persist through 2019.

To read the full meeting notice, click here.

California Water Rights Compliance Checklist for 2017

From Brownstein Hyatt Farber Shreck:

Brownstein’s California Water Group is pleased to provide you with our California Water Rights: Compliance Checklist for 2017.

Adequate maintenance and protection of your water rights requires compliance with certain water use measurement and reporting requirements, as described in our checklist.

Use the California Water Rights: Compliance Checklist for 2017 to find:

  • A calendar of key annual filing deadlines
  • Our summary of filings required for all surface water and groundwater users in California, including links to applicable forms and helpful resources
  • Notice of new requirements for 2017

We encourage you to review the requirements that may be applicable to you and welcome any questions you may have about the contents of our checklist or your water rights.

Click here to download the checklist.

U.S. EPA Awards $200,000 Brownfield Grant for Redevelopment Along L.A. River

From the US EPA:

Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced an award of $200,000 to the Trust for Public Land to create a redevelopment strategy for the Los Angeles River and Verdugo Wash Confluent Study Area.

The grant will support the Trust for Public Land in working with the community to develop an implementation plan for land redevelopment along the river, including efforts to reintroduce some of the river’s natural features. The work will focus on 280 acres of industrial land near the I-5 and 134 freeways in Glendale.

“We’re delighted to support restoration and redevelopment of the Los Angeles River,” said Alexis Strauss, EPA’s Acting Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “Working together, we’ll help the river be a vital element of livable, sustainable communities.”

Key partners working with the Trust for Public Land on this project include the City of Los Angeles, LA RiverWorks, County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, Friends of the Los Angeles River, Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, and Mia Lehrer and Associates.

Nationwide, EPA selected 19 communities in a competition for approximately $3.8 million in funding to assist with planning for cleanup and reuse of contaminated brownfield sites. Each recipient will receive up to $200,000 to engage their community and conduct planning activities for brownfield site reuse.

EPA announced the new Brownfields Area-Wide Planning funding at a community event in Norfolk, Virginia. EPA’S program was modeled after New York State’s Brownfields Opportunity Area Program, which was developed by lower income communities to enable them to drive development that meets their needs without displacing their residents. Studies have shown that residential property values near brownfields sites that are cleaned up increased between 5 and 15 percent. Data also show that brownfields cleanups can increase overall property values within a one-mile radius.

More information on the funding recipients:

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