NEWS WORTH NOTING: DWR requests comments on Flood-MAR research and data development framework; What the water conservation bills mean for California’s water suppliers: Reporting and increased data collection as a way of life

DWR Requests Comments on Flood-MAR Research and Data Development Framework

From the Department of Water Resources:

DWR requests review and comment from interested parties for the draft Flood-MAR Research and Data Development Framework (R&D Framework). The comment period is open until Thursday, Sept. 20.

The purpose of the R&D Framework is to identify and categorize Flood-MAR relevant research themes, and coordinate ongoing and future research and pilot studies around a common research plan.

The R&D Framework identifies gaps in data, information, and knowledge, and outlines methods for developing, reviewing, and distributing information among stakeholders. The R&D Framework also helps inform the development of Flood-MAR reconnaissance studies.

The intended outcomes of the R&D Framework are:

  • Develop a body of knowledge and an active inventory of technical research needs for the Flood-MAR resource strategy.
  • Inventory, develop, and coordinate technical expertise related to research needs.
  • Matrix technical expertise among participating groups and stakeholders to develop and communicate within the Flood-MAR interest communities a clear, concise, and consistent message.
  • Ensure availability of research and technical expertise for all stakeholders.
  • Promote long-term and continued research and development.
  • Provide guidance to stakeholders to support implementation of the Flood-MAR projects.

Please submit your comments to Romain Maendly at Romain.Maendly@water.ca.gov.

What the Water Conservation Bills Mean for California’s Water Suppliers: Reporting and Increased Data Collection as a Way of Life

From Brownstein Water:

“With the ink dry from Gov. Brown’s signature on AB 1668 (Friedman) and SB 606 (Hertzberg), Californians now have a clearer picture of what it looks like to make water conservation a way of life. This legislation has its roots in Gov. Brown’s Executive Order B‐37‐16 and Cal EPA’s Water Action Plan, both of which called for concrete, permanent measures to realize long-term gains in statewide water conservation.

Despite initial media reports, the legislation:

  • Does not prohibit showering while running a washing machine. Nor does it impose any daily water use restrictions on individual customers.
  • Does set a target for indoor residential use of 55 gallons per capita per day (decreasing to 50 gallons per capita per day in 2030), and requires targets for outdoor use that will be set based on geographic region to account for local climate and land use.

However, the responsibility for achieving these targets rests with California’s water suppliers.

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