WEEKLY DIGEST for November 26 through December 1

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

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This week’s featured articles …

California Water Plan Update 2018: Envisioning Statewide Water Sustainability

The update to the California Water Plan will be a much shorter and more succinct document than it’s predecessors – and will be finalized by the end of 2018

The California Water Code establishes the California Water Plan as the guiding document for water management in the State.  The California Water Plan is updated by the Department of Water Resources every five years.

While in the past, the California Water Plan has been produced as a multi-volume document which included detailed regional reports, resource management strategies, and an extensive strategic plan, the Department has charted a new course for the 2018 update, saying that the updated plan will be considerably more concise to better reflect priorities of current and future generations. The update will focus on identification and prioritization of long-term funding and sustainable investment in water resource management needs and will include new sections on a five-year State investment plan for water reliability and sustainability, as well as a funding plan and an illustrative funding portfolio.

At the November meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, Kamyar Guivetchi, Division Chief and Manager of the Statewide Integrated Water Management Division for the Department of Water Resources gave the council an overview of the evolving document.

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BROWN BAG SEMINAR: Development of Recommended Flow Targets to Support Biological Integrity Based on Regional Flow-Ecology Relationships for Benthic Macroinvertebrates in Southern California Streams

Dr. Eric Stein is the principal scientist at Southern California Coastal Water Research Project where he oversees a variety of different kinds of projects focused on instream and coastal water quality, bioassessment, hydromodification, watershed modeling, and assessment of wetlands and other aquatic resources.

This brown bag seminar is the second of three seminars focused on flow targets and ecology (part 1 is here).  Dr. Stein noted his presentation is focused more on water quality impacts rather than fisheries.  The work presented in this seminar is part of an integrated framework that has been developed by a technical group working over the past year and a half trying to figure out how to approach environmental flows and develop assessment frameworks and tools to inform the variety of different policies in the state that are affected by environmental flow considerations.   He noted that environmental flow considerations transcend many agencies and many different programs, so the framework is an attempt to organize the science to support a variety of different agency programs.

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In water news this week from around the web …

WEEKEND DAILY DIGEST: In California water news this weekend, Multi-billion dollar water measures headed for state ballot; Rural California grapples with ‘green rush’ of pot growers; From thousands of miles away; Rising reservoirs: Less room for error this winter on San Joaquin River; A rare plant and a renegade environmental activist could derail Ballona wetlands restoration; Storm to unleash mountain snow and gusty winds over California, southwest US; and more …  READ IT HERE: DAILY DIGEST, weekend edition: Multi-billion dollar water measures headed for state ballot; Rural CA grapples with ‘green rush’ of pot growers; Rising reservoirs, less room for error this winter on San Joaquin River; Storm to unleash mountain snow and gusty winds over CA; and more …

MONDAY: In California water news today, Supreme Court won’t hear California water agencies’ appeal in tribe’s landmark groundwater case; Fire retardant use explodes as worries about water, wildfire risk grow; ‘King Tide’ is coming to California and global warming will only increase its effect; Native Americans rewrote the playbook for preserving public land – and Trump is trying to erase it; New boat will help fight fires at Lake Tahoe; Expert: Trash in waterways near Sacramento and American rivers at ’emergency levels’; Scientists launch major study of microplastics pollution in San Francisco Bay; Giant Rosarito Beach desalination facility faces scrutiny; and more …  READ IT HERE: DAILY DIGEST: Supreme Court won’t hear CA water agencies’ appeal in tribe’s landmark groundwater case; Fire retardant use explodes as worries about water, wildfire risk grow; Scientists launch major study of microplastics pollution in San Francisco Bay; and more …

TUESDAY: In California water news today, Feds ask state to explain cracks in new Oroville Spillway concrete; New California water bond measures endorsed by key policy group; How close is too close for hydraulic fracturing?; With elks on the rebound, California releases new management plan; and more …  READ IT HERE:  DAILY DIGEST: Feds ask state to explain cracks in new Oroville Spillway concrete; New California water bond measures endorsed by key policy group; How close is too close for hydraulic fracturing?; and more …

WEDNESDAY: In California water news today, Environmentalists sue Trump Administration over Cadiz desert water project; With winter weather underway, most reservoirs are in good shape; Harrowing wildfire season ends, but political debate rages on; Auditor to present cost overruns for Delta project; Big California dam’s new spillway already has cracks in it; and more …  READ IT HERE: DAILY DIGEST: Environmentalists sue Trump Administration over Cadiz desert water project; With winter weather underway, most reservoirs are in good shape; Harrowing wildfire season ends, but political debate rages on; Auditor to present cost overruns for Delta project; and more …

THURSDAY:  In California water news today, Proposal would delay WOTUS rule for two years; Oroville Dam: Recreation along Feather River suffers while DWR surveys; Calistoga takes steps to protect water supply after fire; No place like home for Mokelumne salmon; LADWP approves pump test; Panel recommends changes to two-decade old EPA water affordability guidelines; and more …  READ IT HERE:  DAILY DIGEST: Proposal would delay WOTUS rule for two years; Oroville Dam: Recreation along Feather River suffers while DWR surveys; Watch Delta tunnels forum on webcast; and more …

FRIDAY: In California water news today, Delta residents vent about Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels plan; Delta tunnels: Cost study coming, state says; Lawmakers push for transparency on feasibility of tunnels; Oroville Dam: Phase two of spillway construction may be more challenging, contractor says; No rain ahead, Bay Area: The ridge is back!; State sets initial water allocation at 15%; Drought over, California water case dismissed; Industries that cheered Trump’s climate regulation rollbacks now worry they’ll go too far; and more … READ IT HERE: DAILY DIGEST: Delta residents, lawmakers vent about Delta tunnels, Life among the levees: Will the Delta survive the pressures of a thirsty state?; Phase two of Oroville spillway construction may be more challenging, contractor says; No rain ahead: The ridge is back!; and more …

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