A list of posts published on Maven’s Notebook this week …
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This week’s featured articles …
METROPOLITAN BAY-DELTA COMMITTEE: Briefing on the reconsultation for the operation of the state and federal water projects, Delta ecosystem restoration, and prepping for a major Cal Water Fix announcement
Briefing on the reconsulation process gives context for recent public meetings to maximize CVP deliveries
The January meeting of Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay Delta featured a briefing on the process underway at the Bureau of Reclamation for the reconsultation on long-term operations of the state and federal water projects, an update on restoration projects underway in the Delta, and a preparatory briefing on the Cal Water Fix project in anticipation of an announcement by the state this week that would presumably be some sort of one-tunnel project.
WEEKEND DAILY DIGEST: Now $870 million, price of Oroville Dam crisis jumps by a third; Delta smelt fail to rebound, despite end to drought; State scores Temperance Flat dam project at a big fat zero. Boosters are pushing back; Half of California’s vegetation at ‘high risk’ from warming climate, UC scientist says; and more … READ IT HERE: Weekend Daily Digest
MONDAY: Congress whiffed, so Interior restarts Westlands drainage work; Reclamation may be owed millions; Public input needed for DWR community needs assessment, coalition says; Diverted river sustains California wine country, but it’s killing salmon; Vineyard owners given new resources for controlling erosion into the Napa River; Lathrop seeks to switch basins for groundwater rules; Utah spent $33 million on a pipeline application it never finished; the feds approved it anyway; and more … READ IT HERE: Monday’s Daily Digest
TUESDAY: Drought deja vu: California snowpack at 30% of normal; Rain’s below average and snowpack is meager, but don’t worry – things are going to get worse; Specter of drought looms as California’s weather turns dry again; State Water Project contractors get small bump in water allocation; Dry winter means less water for California water districts; California desalination projects move forward with new state funding; Napa Valley tree removal ballot proposal brings wine business, environmental clash; Farm Bureau declares opposition to proposed Salinas Valley new wells moratorium; ‘This is the weather and climate we fear’: Climate change and Colorado’s ski slopes; and more … READ IT HERE: Tuesday’s Daily Digest
WEDNESDAY: In California water news today, For first time in 60 years, spring-run Chinook salmon reproduce in the San Joaquin River; Woodbridge Irrigation District files suit against EBMUD over water rights; Hundreds of millions required to fix critical water infrastructure damaged by subsidence; Valley sinking due to groundwater depletion; threat to aqueduct remains; Temperance Flat Dam hits hurdle; Rockies drought another problem for SoCal water supply; Conservation key as Santa Barbara grapples with persistent drought; Climate change caused the Montecito mudslides; and more … READ IT HERE: Wednesday’s Daily Digest
THURSDAY: In California water news today, California gauges snowpack amid dry winter; State now facing cascade of litigation over Oroville Dam; Stewart Resnick: A kingdom from dust; A tale of two tunnels; Battery storage begins to find a home at some water utilities; California may be returning to drought again and Sierra snow droughts may become more common; Wine lovers, relax: Study suggests California grapevines can weather searing drought; How a skeptical rancher in rural California embraced green-friendly farming – with help from a popular outdoors brand; Trump promised better infrastructure. Not with this roadmap, California leaders say; and more … READ IT HERE: Thursday’s Daily Digest
FRIDAY: Voters ok’d $2.7 billion for new reservoirs. Critics say California won’t spend it; Sierra Nevada snow picture brightens, but is still just a fraction of normal; With storms skipping the state, nearly half of California is back in a drought; With no snow, this California ski resort owner wonders how long he can keep it open; New suit seeks huge damages for DWR ‘recklessness’ at Oroville Dam; Oroville Dam: To fix or replace, that is the question; California water board delays affordability report; Rainwater collection systems would get a boost under new California state ballot measure; and more … READ IT HERE: Friday’s Daily Digest
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