NEWS WORTH NOTING: Delta Watermaster releases memo on claims of overlapping pre-1914 and riparian water rights in the Delta; LAO hearing handout on State bond debt; California to receive funds for beach monitoring

Delta Watermaster Releases Memorandum on Claims of Overlapping Pre-1914 and Riparian Water Rights in the Delta

From Somach Simmons & Dunn:

On June 6, 2018, the Delta Watermaster formally released a memorandum (Overlap Memo) drafted several months earlier, rejecting the theory of overlapping pre-1914 and riparian water rights in the Delta and stating the position that these water rights cannot be duplicative and must be separately established. The Delta Watermaster’s position in the Overlap Memo will affect how water users report their water use each year and could potentially affect some Delta water users’ claim of right.

LAO Hearing Handout: State Bond Debt

The Legislative Analyst’s Office posted a hearing handout on State bond debt which was presented to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water.

Click here to read the handout.

California to receive funds for beach monitoring

From the US EPA:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing $425,000 to the California State Water Resources Control Board to support beach water quality monitoring and information-sharing throughout the state.

“This funding allows the state of California to monitor beach water quality and make the results more easily available to the public,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Mike Stoker. “Thanks to this program, beachgoers can find up-to-date information to help them make informed decisions on when and where to swim.”

EPA is making the funds available to California to strengthen their monitoring and notification programs, and to make monitoring results readily available to the public. This grant is a portion of the $1.64 million EPA expects to award to states and territories throughout the Pacific Southwest region for beach monitoring and reporting. The funding is authorized under the Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health (BEACH) Act.

The state will provide funding to coastal counties who will continue to protect beach goers from pollution by collecting water samples at major recreation locations, providing outreach to citizen groups, and posting advisories following sewage spills or high bacterial counts.

Beach advisories are posted when agencies detect high levels of harmful microorganisms such as bacteria. Beach goers can avoid exposure to harmful contaminants by checking beach monitoring reports and swimming advisories, choosing to swim in less developed areas with good water circulation, and avoiding beaches near discharge pipes or urban beaches after a heavy rainfall.

For specific information on grants under the BEACH Act, grant guidance, and contact information for state and local beach programs, see: www.epa.gov/beach-tech/beach-grants.

To check on the latest closings and advisories at particular beaches, the public should contact the relevant state, tribal, or territorial beach program listed at: www.epa.gov/beaches/state-territorial-tribal-and-epa-beach-program-contacts.

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