NEWS WORTH NOTING: State Water Board releases latest round of proposed emergency drought regulations; CDFW now accepting fisheries habitat restoration project proposals; WaterNow Alliance launches “Impact Award” to recognize leadership in advancing sustainable solutions

State Water Board Releases Latest Round of Proposed Emergency Drought Regulations for California

From Best Best & Krieger:

The State Water Resources Control Board released this week a formal proposal to extend the emergency statewide drought regulations that have been in effect for California in various forms since early 2015. Cities, counties, water agencies and other interested parties have until noon on Monday, Feb. 6, to file written comments. The Board is scheduled to consider the matter at a hearing in Sacramento on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

At a workshop last month, many water agencies urged the Board to let the regulations expire, given the extensive rain and snowfall that has fallen across most of the State. However, in a report released late Wednesday afternoon, staff for the Board recommended to extend the regulations because the governor’s drought state of emergency is still in effect and because future precipitation remains uncertain. … ”

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CDFW Now Accepting Fisheries Habitat Restoration Project Proposals

From the Department of Fish and Wildlife:

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting proposals for projects under its 2017 Fisheries Habitat Restoration Proposal Soliciation Notice (PSN). The PSN and online grant application can be found online at www.wildlife.ca.gov/grants/frgp/solicitation. Applications must be submitted online by 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, 2017.

CDFW will also hold a series of public workshops to assist applicants in understanding the requirements of the PSN. Applicants are encouraged to attend a workshop even if they have submitted proposals in the past. Workshops will be held in Yreka, Fortuna, Fort Bragg, Sacramento, Petaluma, Fresno, San Luis Obispo, Monterey and Camarillo on various dates in February. For details and meeting contact information, please see https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=137841&inline.

The PSN invites restoration projects that meet the funding requirements of the Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (focusing on recovery of state-listed salmon and steelhead along the coast and in the Central Valley), the Forest Legacy Program (focusing on the restoration of watersheds affected by historic forest practices), the Commerical Salmon Stamp Program (focusing on projects enhancing the salmon fishery) and the Steelhead Restoration and Report Card Program (focusing on projects enhancing the recreational steelhead fishery). Eligible applicants include public agencies, recognized tribes and qualified nonprofit organizations. Funded projects could include habitat restoration, water conservation, education, monitoring and restoration planning.

While the amount of available funding is not known at this time, in 2016 the program was able to provide more than $15 million in funding for eligible projects. Funding for 2017 grants is expected to be awarded to approved projects in early 2018.

For information or questions about the PSN or application process, please contact Patty Forbes, CDFW Fisheries Restoration Grant Program Coordinator, at (916) 327-8842.

WaterNow Alliance Launches “Impact Award” to Recognize Leadership in Advancing Sustainable Solutions

Winners to be announced at the WaterNow Annual Summit April 20-21, 2017 in Boulder, CO

From the WaterNow Alliance:

WaterNow Alliance introduces the “WaterNow Impact Award” to honor elected officials and the agencies they represent for their work in advancing innovative water strategies. With drought and climate change threatening access to safe, reliable and affordable water supplies, it has become increasingly important that water leaders take bold action to advance efficiency and other sustainable strategies. The Impact Award is designed to reward and elevate leaders who have taken concrete steps toward greater water resilience in their communities and to inspire others to action.

Eligibility requirements & qualifications:

Water leaders who are eligible to win include any voting board member of a public water utility – whether elected or appointed, part of a city, county or special district.

Qualifying activities include but are not limited to enactment of ordinances, direct engagement on policy matters at the state, local or federal levels, or an initiation of a sustainable water project or strategic initiative. Additional attention will be paid to activities that advance equity in the water space – by helping to make water more affordable, accessible or safer, or provide other benefits for disadvantaged communities.

Nomination process:

Individuals should fill out the nomination form found at http://waternowalliance.org/wna-impact-award no later than March 20th. Finalist will be notified by April 7th.

Recognition for WaterNow Impact Award winners

The WaterNow Impact Award will be awarded at our Annual Summit on April 20, 2017 in Boulder. Winners will be featured on our website and throughout our member network. WaterNow Alliance will also work with state and local media to garner public attention for this honor.

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