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This week’s featured articles …
SGMA IMPLEMENTATION: DWR releases draft BMP for sustainable management criteria
Public comments due by January 8
Recently, the Department of Water Resources Sustainable Groundwater Management Program released a draft Best Management Practice (BMP) document that focuses on Sustainable Management Criteria (SMC) for public comment. This BMP characterizes the relationship between the different sustainable management criteria 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.
A series of public meetings was held across the state in early December; Department staff provided an overview of the draft document, answered questions, and took public comment. DWR staff also discussed the development of a new online tool for GSP notifications, and provided information on points of contact in DWR’s regional offices.
WATER STORAGE INVESTMENT PGM: New water storage projects showcased at the California Water Commission
Proponents of water storage projects competing for Prop 1 funds present their projects to the California Water Commission
The nine members of the California Water Commission have been tasked with deciding how to award the $2.7 billion in Prop 1 funds slated to pay for the public benefits of water storage projects, and competition is pretty fierce. Eleven storage projects have filed applications for the Water Storage Investment Program, requesting roughly $5.7 billion in funding, or more than twice what is available. However, it is likely that as Commission staff review the applications, they will be adjusting the public benefit calculations, thereby reducing the amount of funding the projects would be eligible to receive. …
Here’s a brief summary of the projects as presented.
In water news this week from around the web …
WEEKEND DAILY DIGEST: In California water news this weekend, Lawmakers ask Interior Department to recover ‘misspent’ funds on Cal Water Fix; California Supreme Court fails to resolve conflict over groundwater fees, charges; Compliance expert: Local agencies still face groundwater extraction fee guidelines; Hyatt Power Plant penstock back online; How dry is it? Scientist says California only has slim chance of normal rainfall this winter; Is the US heading for a giant drought? Climate history offers valued clues about the next century; and more … READ IT HERE: Weekend Daily Digest
MONDAY: In California water news today, Who controls the water supply? The answer involves a long history of political strife; CA Attorney General opposes Trump Administration’s attempt to suspend the Clean Water Rule; How craft breweries are embracing new water technologies; Fish to benefit if large dams adopt new operating approach; Humboldt Community Services District looks at Indianola expansions; Bay Area forecast: As dry December reigns, a chance of rain this week READ IT HERE: Monday’s Daily Digest
TUESDAY: In California water news today, Don’t force us to pay for Delta tunnels, farmers say; Legal or not, cannabis takes a toll on Northern California watersheds; Lawmakers, pot growers say California’s marijuana cultivation rules favor big corporate farms; Is the dry start to the rainy season pushing California reservoirs back towards drought?; Friant-Kern canal continues to sink; price tag could rise; Deploying drones to follow the water; Interior to revise ESA listing rules; and more … READ IT HERE: Tuesday’s Daily Digest
WEDNESDAY: In California water news today, Project backers seek investments from water bond; ‘Reasonable rates’ is stricken from CPUC mission statement; State Water Board laying out water regulation for marijuana growers; DWR spokesperson says they’re confident with the work done on Oroville Dam; The Thomas fire is now the second largest in California’s modern history; The year in water: 2017; and more … READ IT HERE: Wednesday’s Daily Digest
THURSDAY: In California water news today, Friant Water Authority: ‘Valley in crisis’ from water imbalance; A rainy 2017 benefited the San Joaquin River’s salmon, but full restoration is yet to come; Bidding in secret: Officials quietly solicit contracts on ‘twin tunnels’ project despite lawsuits, lack of permits; Temperance Flat presentation heard by California Water Commission; Farmers look to rebuild after wildfire; After California’s most destructive fire season, a debate over where to rebuild homes; and more … READ IT HERE: Thursday’s Daily Digest
FRIDAY: In California water news today, Politicians to Trump: Don’t relicense Oroville Dam until we know why spillway failed; Nestle warned it lacks rights to some California water; Water cutoff accelerates shrinking of the Salton Sea, escalating race against receding shorelines; Not easy being green: Legal pot brings environmental rules; Overcoming the challenges of small scale recycling; and more … READ IT HERE: Friday’s Daily Digest
News worth noting this week …
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: Report: Groundwater trading as a tool for implementing SGMA; New salmon habitat project completed on Sacto River; Chowchilla Water District and Fresno Irrigation District rejoin Friant Water Authority; River report examines climate change impact on Colorado River basin
- NEWS WORTH NOTING, Legal edition: Lawsuit seeks to have California waterways identified as hydrologically impaired under the Clean Water Act; Dispute over lead testing in school drinking water continues; New California coastal laws for 2018
- OROVILLE SPILLWAYS CONSTRUCTION update for December 21st
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: NRDC sues two California cities for failure to implement water-efficient landscaping requirements; Department of Water Resources finds proposed Rio Vista Estuarine Research Station is consistent with Delta Plan
Weekly features …
- RESERVOIR AND WATER CONDITIONS for December 18th
- BLOG ROUND-UP: How California’s water bond money is being spent; Making water for the environment count in an era of change: Cautionary tales from Australia; The Salton Sea is dying – we can’t let that happen; and more …
- SCIENCE NEWS: Fish to benefit if large dams adopt new operating approach; Salmon help their offspring by dying on the spawning grounds; ‘The fish will always fool you’; The fish nerd’s holiday book list; and more …
Announcements this week …
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