WEEKLY DIGEST for November 5 through 10

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

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Delta Stewardship Council begins development of an ecosystem amendment to the Delta Plan

The planned amendment to the Delta Plan's Chapter 4 will incorporate new scientific information developed since 2013

At the time the Delta Plan was adopted in 2013, the state was pursuing a comprehensive approach to infrastructure and habitat restoration through the Bay Delta Conservation Planning (BDCP) process.  The Delta Plan, as written at the time, anticipated that many of the conservation measures that were contained in the BDCP would contribute to the success of ecosystem restoration.  In 2015, the state changed the course of their planning process by bifurcating the project into the California Water Fix for the infrastructure portion, and EcoRestore to address ecosystem restoration in the Delta.  The split of the more comprehensive BDCP into two smaller programs has left out some of the planned conservation measures that were intended to address specific Delta stressors.  Also, since 2013, there have been significant milestones reached and lessons learned in planning, restoration, and monitoring which provide further insights into the opportunities and challenges for ecosystem restoration in the Delta.

Currently, the Delta Plan, and specifically Chapter 4, includes regulations covering flow, introduction of nonnative invasive species, and criteria for priority restoration sites.  Through a public process beginning now and lasting through 2018, the Council will work with partner agencies, stakeholders, and the public to build upon, further refine, and amend Chapter 4 of the Delta Plan.

Through this amendment, the Council will review and update, as appropriate, the proposed actions, policies, recommendations, and performance measures in Chapter 4.  Staff intends that this ecosystem amendment will consider the past and future effects of climate change and sea level rise, incorporate lessons learned about adaptive management of the Delta ecosystem, identify best practices, address needed institutional changes to improve implementation of restoration actions, and be informed by the best available interdisciplinary science.

At the October meeting of the Ron Melcer, Senior Environmental Scientist Supervisor, gave a presentation to the Council on the upcoming process, discussing through the rationale, the scope, the schedule, and planned outreach.

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METROPOLITAN’S BAY DELTA COMMITTEE: Update on Cal Water Fix cost and benefit allocation discussions for State Water Project contractors

Plan to allocate the costs and benefits of the California Water Fix project among State Water Project contractors begins to take shape, plus is a Delta watershed-wide agreement in the works?

At the October meeting of Metropolitan Water District's Special Committee on the Bay-Delta, Committee members heard an briefing on the State Water Board's water quality control plan process, an update on the California Water Fix project focused on discussions amongst State Water Project contractors on allocating costs and benefits of the project, and in the Bay Delta Manager's report, is the makings of a Delta watershed-wide agreement in the works?

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In water news this week from around the web …

WEEKEND DAILY DIGEST: In California water news this weekend, Rains wet Northern California, reduce fire danger, bring snow to the Sierra; Rain and snow don't mean an end to fire season just yet; Hoopa Valley tribe, Huffman decry Westlands Water District settlement; Oroville Dam work enters second phase; Painful experience helps to chart the future of groundwater in Ventura County; Winter storm brings new concerns to fire ravaged areas; Climate change sucks moisture from the West, adding to drought, fires, study says; and more … READ IT HERE: DAILY DIGEST, weekend edition: Rains wet NorCal, bring snow to the Sierra, but not an end to fire season just yet; Hoopa Valley tribe, Huffman decry Westlands settlement bill; Painful experience helps to chart the future of groundwater in Ventura County; and more …

MONDAY:  In California water news today, If Jerry Brown can't sell California on two Delta tunnels, would just one fly?; Why hydroelectric utilities are endangered by soaring solar and wind; Atmospheric rivers may increase flood risks by 80%; East Bay reservoir plan benefits the Silicon Valley economy, says George Miller; San Francisco upgrading water systems with eye on climate change; and more … READ IT HERE:  DAILY DIGEST: If Jerry Brown can’t sell California on two Delta tunnels, would just one fly?; Why hydroelectric utilities are endangered by soaring solar and wind; East Bay reservoir plan benefits the Silicon Valley economy, says George Miller; and more …

TUESDAY: In California water news today, Oroville Dam: Reps. Garamendi and LaMalfa want additional safety review; Local group looks to intervene in FERC's Klamath Dam process; New policy sets rules for marijuana growers to protect California water; Environment report: In defense of shrubs; Study: Latinos more likely to distrust tap water, seek other sources; and more … READ IT HERE:  DAILY DIGEST: Garamendi and LaMalfa want additional safety review of Oroville Dam; Local group looks to intervene in FERC’s Klamath Dam process; New policy sets rules for marijuana growers to protect California water; and more …

WEDNESDAY: In California water news today, California commits to timetable for Salton Sea projects; California approves rescue plan for the Salton Sea; Water managers prepare for new rainfall season; What do we know about mountain snowpack and runoff? Far too little; Coming together in the name of salmon; Congressman introduce dam safety amendment; Wildfire-ravaged areas face elevated risk for flooding, mudslides this winter; How can we save America's vanishing beaches? California shows the way, according to a Surfrider report; The Clean Water Act and The Scope of Federal Power; and more … READ IT HERE:  DAILY DIGEST: California approves rescue plan for the Salton Sea; Water managers prepare for new rainfall season; What do we know about mountain snowpack and runoff? Far too little; Coming together in the name of salmon; The Clean Water Act and the scope of federal power; and more …

THURSDAY:  In California water news today, California ecologists strike back against invasive green crabs; New Salton Sea plan won't stop environmental disaster, Redlands expert says; House approves bill to expand hydropower; Trump ignores climate change. That's very bad for disaster planners; U.S. household water use continues to decline; and more … READ IT HERE:  DAILY DIGEST: California ecologists strike back against invasive green crabs; 2.4 million trees are dead in Yosemite National Park; House approves bill to expand hydropower; Trump ignores climate change. That’s very bad for disaster planners; and more …

FRIDAY: In California water news today, Rains good for ending wildfire danger, but bad for toxic runoff in burn zones; Can a new Salton Sea plan fend off ecological and human disasters?; Humboldt County residents pick brains of Klamath dam removal project leads; Oroville Dam coalition, politicians say DC lobbying trip a success; Lead contamination at 10 Oakland schools prompts new round of water tests; South Bay student team tackles water wasting at LEGO tournament; Recycled water on tap for Gustine-area growers; Show of support for Owens River water trail; Southern California ranch land to be turned into public beach; San Diego: Neighbors upset senate bill will fund a campground and not a fix for pollution  READ IT HERE: DAILY DIGEST: Rains good for ending wildfire danger, but bad for toxic runoff in burn zones; Lead contamination at 10 Oakland schools prompts new round of water tests; South Bay student team tackles water wasting at LEGO tournament; and more …

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