WEEKLY DIGEST for September 3rd through 8th

A list of posts published on Maven’s Notebook this week …

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This week’s featured articles …

CALIFORNIA WATER COMMISSION: The Delta’s history and ecology take center stage

Dr. Bruce Herbold, Robin Grossinger, and Hap Dunning among the panelists on hand to discuss the Delta's historic ecology, the condition of native fish, the legal framework, and the emerging strategies for restoration of the Delta ecosystem

In November 2014, California voters approved Proposition 1, the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014.  Chapter 8 of Proposition 1 provides $2.7 billion for public benefits associated with water storage projects that improve the operation of the state water system, are cost effective, and provide a net improvement in ecosystem and water quality conditions.  Eligible projects must also provide measurable benefits to the Delta ecosystem or its tributaries.

With the application period for the Water Storage Investment Program closed, Commission staff are working through the applications.  In order to inform Commission members who will ultimately make the decision, a panel was assembled at the August meeting of the Commission, held at the Bay Model in Sausalito. The panel was comprised of Jessica Pearson, Executive Officer of the Delta Stewardship Council; Robin Grossinger, Senior Scientist with the San Francisco Estuary Institute; Dr. Bruce Herbold, retired fish biolgoist with the EPA; and Hap Dunning, professor of law at UC Davis; they discussed the ecological history, the restoration challenges, and the legal framework overlaying the Delta. After the panel presentation, Carl Wilcox, Delta Policy Advisor with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Jennifer LaBay, Environmental Scientist, State Water Resources Control Board joined the discussion.

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DELTA STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL: Overview of the Association of California Water Agencies Storage Integration Study

Study finds that by building new storage and integrating their operations with existing storage would increase water delivery by 400 TAF/year on average and over 700 TAF in dry years

In July of this year, the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) released a study, 21st Century Water Infrastructure: New Approaches to Create Flexibility and Resiliency, which examined how the state’s water supply system could operate more flexibly and effectively with the addition and integrated operation of new storage capacity.   At the August meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, ACWA’s David Bolland provided an overview of the study for council members.

The study was prepared by MBK Engineers for ACWA, and is one of the only storage studies which analyzes the integration of existing and potential new storage projects and their operations,” said Anthony Navasero, Senior Engineer with the Delta Stewardship Council.  “This study is another tool to assist decision makers to evaluate and prioritize storage projects and their benefits.”

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In water news this week from around the web …

WEEKEND DAILY DIGEST:  In California water news this weekend, State releases data on dam safety; Oroville Dam rated unsatisfactory after spillway emergency; Oroville Dam: UC Berkeley group says DWR ‘green spot' report is not enough; Harvey relief won't jeopardize Oroville Dam funds, official says; Push for Temperance Flat Dam, Assembly speaker Rendon boards barge in Millerton Lake tour; California Water Fix hearing resumes in January; Bill aimed at halting Mojave Desert water project stalls; California lawmakers block Mojave water bill, Cadiz surges; and more … READ IT HERE: DAILY DIGEST, weekend edition: State releases data on dam safety; UC Berkeley group says DWR ‘green spot’ report is not enough; Bill aimed at halting Mojave Desert water project stalls; and more …

MONDAY: In California water news today, State may open door for storm system fees; Except for Oroville, north state dams said to be in satisfactory condition; Low levels of toxic algae remain in Tahoe Keys; Stockton: Why are we still using groundwater?; Santa Clarita: Water bill clears committee hurdle, onto Assembly floor; Nine dams in San Diego County ranked below satisfactory on safety, newly released state data reveals; Funding secured for the Salton Sea Management Plan; Down with Glen Canyon Dam? Activists claim that decommissioning the dam will save water and restore a wild canyon. Are they right?; and Reasons for optimism about California Water Fix from a fish perspective  READ IT HERE: DAILY DIGEST, Labor Day edition: State may open door for storm system fees; Funding secured for the Salton Sea Management Plan; Reasons for optimism about California Water Fix from a fish perspective; and more …

TUESDAY: In California water news today, Meet the Megaflood: How the other ‘Big One' could devastate San Diego County; Clear Lake: Water Board calls for more forums; After its dams came down, the Elwha River is reborn; Ex-Trump campaign aide with little environmental policy experience makes final call on EPA's grants; Flood insurance is a mess, and Harvey won't make Congress any more likely to fix it; Thomas Elias:  Will lawsuits, high costs frustrate Brown's water tunnels plan?; and more …  READ IT HERE:  DAILY DIGEST: Meet the Megaflood: How the other ‘Big One’ could devastate San Diego County; After its dams came down, the Elwha River is reborn; Thomas Elias asks, Will lawsuits, high costs frustrate Brown’s water tunnels plan?; and more …

WEDNESDAY:  In California water news today, ‘All there in the files': Oroville Dam investigators say inspectors missed clues; Water lifting concrete slab seen as cause of Oroville Dam spillway failure; Officials seek to quell doubts about Oroville Dam's future safety; With drought restrictions long gone, Californians keep saving water; DWR adopts state flood plan update; The bad news is that fish are eating a lot of plastic. Even worse, they may like it; Billions are drinking water contaminated with plastic, and the US has it the worst, study finds; Palo Verde Irrigation District suing Metropolitan Water District over Colorado River water; and more …  DAILY DIGEST: ‘All there in the files’: Oroville Dam investigators say inspectors missed clues; Officials seek to quell doubts about Oroville Dam’s future safety; Palo Verde Irrigation District suing Metropolitan over Colorado River water; Billions drinking water contaminated with plastic, study finds; and more …

THURSDAY: In California water news today, Major unknowns remain just ahead of key votes on massive water project; Water: Setting the sights on Sites; Wild horses: Adored by the public but destroying water resources; ‘Show me the money': Calls for action as California water board considers Salton Sea plans; The changing paradigm of stormwater management; Mystery group challenges Napa's winery environmental reviews; Bay Area: Experts say rising seas demand a unified response; and more …  READ IT HERE: DAILY DIGEST: Major unknowns remain just ahead of vote on Delta tunnels project; Setting the sights on Sites; Wild horses destroying water resources; Calls for action as California water board considers Salton Sea plans; and more …

FRIDAY: In California water news today, Biologists watch steelhead return after historic dam removal; Lack of technology left officials in the dark during dam crisis; Agreement could hold state accountable for completing projects on shrinking Salton Sea; Banned pesticides from illegal pot farms seep into California water; Federal policy change criticized for giving ‘free pass' to controversial water project; Has climate change intensified 2017's western wildfires?; Is climate change wreaking weather havoc? Evolving science seeks answers; and more … READ IT HERE: DAILY DIGEST: Biologists watch steelhead return after historic dam removal; Lack of technology left officials in the dark during dam crisis; Agreement could hold state accountable for shrinking Salton Sea; Banned pesticides from illegal pot farms seep into CA water; and more …

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