NEWS WORTH NOTING: Reclamation announces CVP long-term operations biological opinions biennial science review; Sustainable groundwater management criteria public meetings

Reclamation announces CVP long-term operations biological opinions biennial science review

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

The Bureau of Reclamation will hold its biennial science review on the biological opinions associated with the long-term operations of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project from Dec. 5 to Dec. 7, 2017, in Sacramento.

Reclamation, National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service use this biennial science review to examine prior year’s water operations and regulatory provisions prescribed by their respective Reasonable and Prudent Alternative (RPAs) actions. The goal is to develop lessons learned, incorporate new science, and make appropriate, scientifically justified adjustments to the implementation of the RPA actions and to better inform water operations in future years. The review also allows public input regarding the NMFS and USFWS Biological Opinion (BiOp) on the long-term operation of the CVP and SWP. The BiOps and their RPA actions were designed by NMFS and the USFWS to avoid the likelihood of jeopardy to listed species and adverse modification of critical habitat.

The California Department of Water Resources also participates in the review because it operates the SWP. The Delta Stewardship Council will host the meeting and assist in facilitation.

2017 Long-term Operations Biological Opinions Science Review

Holiday Inn Downtown Sacramento
El Dorado Room
300 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

December 5, 2017 – 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. PST
December 6, 2017 – 8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. PST
December 7, 2017 – 2 p.m. – 4:40 p.m. PST

For additional details on presentation schedule, agenda, presenters, topics, please refer to the following webpage:

Sustainable Groundwater Management Criteria Public Meetings

From DWR’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Program:

The Department of Water Resources Sustainable Groundwater Management Program will host three public meetings in December introducing its newest Best Management Practice (BMP) publication, Sustainable Management Criteria (SCM).

This BMP characterizes the relationship between the different sustainable management criteria – the sustainability goal, undesirable results, minimum thresholds , and measurable objectives – and describes best management practices for developing these criteria as part of a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP). This BMP does not impose new requirements, but describes best management practices for satisfying the requirements of SGMA and the GSP Regulations.

Local agencies and interested parties are encouraged to attend and provide comments on the SMC BMP. You may fill out a comment card and turn it in at the event, email your comment to: Subject: Comments on Draft SMC BMP, or comment by US Postal Service to:
P.O. Box 942836
Sacramento, California 94236-0001
Attn: Lauren Hersh, Rm 201.

The public comment period ends January 8, 2018. Comments received by DWR on the Sustainable Management Criteria Best Management Practices are posted on DWR’s Public Comments – Best Management Practices webpage .

Monday, December 11, 2017
Sacramento Area 2:00 P.M.
RWQCB Region 5 Board Room
11020 Sun Center Drive, #200
Rancho Cordova 95670
Register here

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Central Valley 2:00 P.M.
Visalia Convention Center
303 E Acequia Avenue, Visalia, CA 93291
Register here

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Santa Ana  9:30 A.M.
Delhi Community Center
505 E. Central Avenue, Santa Ana 92707
Register here

For more information or special accommodations contact Lauren Hersh at

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