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This week’s featured articles …
PANEL DISCUSSION: The Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan Update: Now What Happens?
Panel at ACWA Conference discusses unimpaired versus functional flows and the potential for voluntary settlements
The State Water Board is expected this year to adopt proposed changes to the Water Quality Control Plan for the San Francisco Bay/ Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary, more commonly known as the Bay-Delta Plan. Among its considerations, the proposals would increase flow requirements to a starting point of 40 percent of unimpaired flows. If the State Water Board adopts the proposed Bay-Delta Plan update, how could it be implemented? What is the potential for voluntary settlements?
A panel at the spring conference at the Association of California Water Agencies brought together David Guy (President of the Northern California Water Association), Tim O’Laughlin (attorney with O’Laughlin & Paris, LLP), Jennifer Pierre (General Manager of the State Water Contractors), and Eric Oppenheimer (Deputy Director of the State Water Resources Control Board) to discuss these issues.
In water news this week from around the web …
WEEKEND DAILY DIGEST: In California water news this weekend, Toxic wastewater from oil fields endangers California’s water supply; Sites Reservoir officials: $1 billion falls short of hopes; Temperance Flat Dam fallout continues; Santa Rosa: Water contamination clearing up in Fountaingrove; Key permits will allow Putah Creek restoration to move forward; The Salton Sea is dying and now threatening children; and more … READ IT HERE: Weekend Daily Digest
MONDAY: In California water news today, Five things to know about the water bonds on upcoming ballots; Trump appoints new EPA head in SF who led ‘lock her up’ chants against Clinton; Crisis on the High Plains: The Loss of America’s Largest Aquifer – the Ogallala; and more … READ IT HERE: Monday’s Daily Digest
TUESDAY: In California water news today, Bird’s eye look of work underway at Oroville Dam spillways; Restore Hetch Hetchy back in court; Congress learning to padlock the courthouse door; Pruitt: Dealing with water contaminant a priority; Should you be worried about your water supply?; and more … READ IT HERE: Tuesday’s Daily Digest
WEDNESDAY: In California water news today, Independent governance eyed for State Water Project; Billions in water bond funding await decision by California voters; Little-Known Accounting Policy Could Fuel Green Infrastructure Surge; Tribal nations hold some of the best water rights in the West; Pruitt promises action on rising threat from contaminants; and more … READ IT HERE: Wednesday’s Daily Digest
THURSDAY: In California water news today, Officials: Oroville Dam rebuild is 45% complete; The environmental impact of growing cannabis, both legally and illegally; Congress gets into Delta water debate; Radio show: Californians Might Get A Tax Break For Capturing Rainwater; Water on the way to Klamath project; New restoration effort would give big boost to Lake Tahoe watershed; Water plant serving Ceres, Turlock stalls over MID counsel’s fear of eroding rights; Tale of three desalination plants: Why the Doheney proposal is winning over some skeptics; and more … READ IT HERE: Thursday’s Daily Digest
FRIDAY: In California water news today, Climate change may lead to bigger atmospheric rivers; Better together: How Ecosystem Services and Adaptive Decision-Making Can Improve Land Management; Here’s a rundown of key environmental measures on the June 5 ballot; Klamath Tribes sue to protect endangered sucker; Proposal to raise Shasta Dam could mean renewed rancor; and more … READ IT HERE: Friday’s Daily Digest
This week’s breaking news …
- THIS JUST IN … DWR Releases Draft Prioritization of Groundwater Basins Under SGMA (Friday afternoon)
- THIS JUST IN … Water Supply Allocation Increases Slightly for State Water Contractors (Monday)
News worth noting this week …
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: Wildlife Conservation Board funds environmental improvement and acquisition projects; Harmful algal bloom season beginning in California’s waterways; Weekly water and climate update: Western drought intensifies and expands
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: Reclamation pauses Klamath Project deliveries through May 26; Delta Conservancy Hosting Workshop for the Central Delta Corridor Conservation Strategy on June 5
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: Legislative hearing requested for State Water Project contract extension amendment; Long-term conservation legislation maintains appropriate local control; California Water Alliance issues statement opposing Prop 68
Weekly features …
- SCIENCE NEWS: Poor returns: The 2017 salmon season; Sierra Nevada Bighorn: A 21st century wildlife success story; White abalone’s cousin helps researchers recover its endangered relative; Cal Water Fix and juvenile salmon; and more …
- BLOG ROUND-UP: Legislature moves toward more efficient water use; The high hurdles to water storage; Bridges over troubled waters; Financing the future of water infrastructure; and more …
- RESERVOIR AND WATER CONDITIONS for May 21st
- CALENDAR NOTES: Upcoming webinars cover Communicating with ratepayers about water rate increases; PFAS in groundwater & surface waters; Groundwater adjudications and SGMA; Watershed solutions through data sharing & collaboration; and more …
Announcements this week …
- SUSTAINABLE GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM NEWS: Draft basin prioritization results and webinar; Basin boundary modification requests; Prop 1 groundwater grant program
- LAKE OROVILLE SPILLWAYS CONSTRUCTION: Update for May 23rd (with photos and video)
- CAL WATER FIX HEARING: Ruling letter addressing outstanding procedural motions from the case-in-chief phase of Part 2
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