NEWS WORTH NOTING: Legislative hearings to examine Oroville Dam crisis, forest health; 5 things to know about the State Water Board’s climate change resolution; Delta Stewardship Council launches Admin Performance Measures Dashboard; Weekly water & climate report

Legislative hearings next week to examine Oroville Dam crisis, forest health

The Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water will hold two hearings next week.  On Monday, The Senate Committee will hold a joint hearing with the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on tree mortality, forest health, and prescribed fire.  The hearing will be held in the State Capitol Room 4202 at 3pm.

On Tuesday, the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water will hold a joint hearing with the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife to examine the Oroville Dam crisis:  what happened and what happens next.  The hearing begins at 9:30am in room 4203 of the State Capitol.

More information by clicking here.

Legal alert: Five things to know about the State Water Resources Control Board’s climate change resolution

From Brownstein Hyatt Farber Shreck:

News of the damaged spillways at Oroville Dam and corresponding evacuations seemed to coincide perfectly with the State Water Resources Control Board’s (“State Board”) announcement of its draft resolution on climate change. While California was busy avoiding a catastrophic flood, at least for now, the State Board was devising ways to prevent and prepare for such future events in light of the impacts climate change will have on the state’s water resources, namely declining snowpack, longer droughts, severe flooding and rising sea levels. The draft resolution, if adopted, would require the State Board and its staff to incorporate certain climate policies into their operations. The resolution doesn’t appear to have an immediate impact on other public agencies or private entities, but this may be the beginning of a new regulatory regime.

To continue reading, click here:  Five things to know about the State Water Resources Control Board’s climate change resolution

Delta Stewardship Council launches the Delta Plan Administrative Performance Measures Dashboard

From the Delta Stewardship Council:

Administrative performance measures track decisions made by policy makers and managers to finalize plans or approve resources (funds, personnel, projects) for implementation of a program or group of related programs recommended by the Delta Plan. The Delta Plan’s administrative performance measures have been sorted by the agency or agencies identified as primarily responsible for completing the recommended action. Place the cursor over an agency icon below to view a snapshot of progress for that agency.

Click here to view the dashboard.

Weekly Water and Climate Report: Heavy rain and flood evacuations in San Jose, California

From the USDA:

The 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.

Storms with heavy precipitation continue to take aim at California. 14,000 people were evacuated in San Jose in northern California on Wednesday, with most being allowed to return home today. There were reports of several dramatic rescues in the quickly-rising floodwaters.

Click here to download the report.


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