WEEKLY DIGEST for September 2 through 7
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This week’s featured articles …
Metropolitan’s Groundwater Banking Programs
Presentation looks at the benefits, challenges, and risks of Metropolitan’s groundwater banking programs
Beginning in the early 1990s, Metropolitan Water District established a number of groundwater storage programs in the Central Valley and on the State Water Project which have provided substantial water supply benefits through the years. At the August meeting of Metropolitan’s Water Planning & Stewardship Committee, James Bodnar, Manager of the Supply Acquisition Team, provided an update on the groundwater banking programs. His presentation provides insight to how groundwater banking operations can interface with water management operations, as well as the benefits and risks of such programs.
Metropolitan has five State Water Project groundwater storage programs: Semitropic Water Storage District, Arvin-Edison Water Storage District, and Kern Delta Water District which are located along the main stem of the California Aqueduct, and the Antelope Valley-East Kern Water Agency program and the Mojave Program, which are located further south on the East Branch of the California Aqueduct.
In water news this week from around the web …
WEEKEND DAILY DIGEST: Trump administration talks of boosting Central Valley water deliveries. But is it just talk?; Push for drinking water tax dies in the California Legislature; Bill targeting Cadiz’s plan to pump desert groundwater dies in California Senate; Ridgecrest: Water Fix project the topic at Indian Wells Valley Water District meeting; Napa, Sonoma vineyard value growth cools as groundwater scrutiny heats up; and more … READ IT HERE: Weekend Daily Digest
TUESDAY: As synthetic microfibers spread in water, solutions are blossoming; Amid Trump rollbacks, California moves to regulate wetlands on its own; Earthquake hits South Bay reservoir with seismically-challenged dam; Long process of selling Potter Valley project begins this week; Tidal wetlands could enclose Novato’s Deer Island once again; SF lays foundation for seawall repair with beer, coffee campaign; Tapped out or plenty to tap? Developers argue there’s more water in the Colorado River Basin; and more … READ IT HERE: Tuesday’s Daily Digest
WEDNESDAY: Radio show: Should more Delta water go to fish or farms?; Report: Oroville Dam has unsatisfactory rating for second year in a row; Grower sees potential for groundwater recharge; Global warming, El Nino could cause wetter winters, drier conditions in other months; Working with natural processes – and beavers – to improve water quality; and more … READ IT HERE: Wednesday’s Daily Digest
THURSDAY: Updated cost for Oroville Spillway disaster: $1.1 billion; State determines its only ‘unsatisfactory’ dam is Oroville; Deeply Talks: Fire and drought: the extremes become routine; Why some water managers are unprepared for climate change; New system to clean up plastic in the ocean is launching from California this month; Dem state attorneys general sue Trump admin for repealing bird protection policy; and more … READ IT HERE: Thursday’s Daily Digest
FRIDAY: Water agencies, farmers fret over California’s move to regulate wetlands; Part of California is sinking; here’s where and why; Listening sessions start on long-term conservation; Bills to create drinking water fund die in state legislature; California’s climate policies are a roadmap for others to follow; Feds hurting Lake Powell to prop up Lake Mead, scientists say; How Bitcoin’s footprint is impacting water use; and more … READ IT HERE: Friday’s Daily Digest
Breaking news since last weekly digest …
- THIS JUST IN … AB 747 Water rights bill heads to Governor’s desk (Saturday’s breaking news)
News worth noting this week …
- OROVILLE SPILLWAYS: Cost Estimate and Construction Update (with pictures and video)
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: PPIC Report: Managing drought in a changing climate; Recommendations to make state’s infrastructure climate-safe; Lawsuit filed over Water Board’s approval of oil-waste dumping in Kern County; LA District commander tours San Diego, Riverside project sites
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: New SGMA reports on groundwater pumping allocations, depletion requirements; Court issues narrow ruling applying the public trust doctrine to groundwater; EPA reaches agreement with LADWP over damage to wetlands
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: Report: Addressing institutional vulnerabilities in CA’s drought water allocation; DWR Division of Safety of Dams updates information on dams; State Water Contractors announces new science manager; Los Angeles dewatering sparks more than controversy
Weekly features …
- RESERVOIR AND WATER CONDITIONS for September 4
- BLOG ROUND-UP: Leaving the Board, Water is essential, public trust doctrine and groundwater, and more …
- SCIENCE NEWS: Global warming, El Nino could cause wetter winters, drier conditions in other months; Fighting fire with prescribed fire; Alpine ecosystems struggle to recover from nitrogen deposition; and more …
Announcements this week …
- DELTA eNEWS: ~~ Traffic Advisory~ Kids Fishing~ Pittsburg Festival~ Studio Tours~ ISB Meeting~ Salinization Symposium ~~
- CAL WATER PLAN eNEWS: ~~ Plenary Registration~ Flood-MAR Video~ Conservation Workshops~ Moving Species~ Water Models~ Conservation Conference ~~
- NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING to Support the Development of Water Loss Performance Standards
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