WEEKLY DIGEST for October 28 through November 2
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This week’s featured articles …
PANEL DISCUSSION: Emerging legal issues in SGMA implementation
Panel discusses water rights and pumping allocations, groundwater recharge as a beneficial use, public trust doctrine and groundwater, and the fee authorities for GSAs
In 2014, California passed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), which required all groundwater basins designated as high or medium priority to form Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) to prepare locally-developed plans to bring the basin into sustainability. Since the legislation took effect, many agencies and organizations have concerns about how to best meet the requirements of the law.
Whenever a new law is passed, particularly like the SGMA, challenges arise about how to implement the new policy. At the Groundwater Resources Association’s Western Groundwater Congress, a panel of experts discussed emerging issues as agencies work to develop their plans.
CALIFORNIA WATER FIX: Metropolitan Special Committee on the Bay Delta discusses the Water Fix economic analysis
In September of 2018, the Department of Water Resources released the latest economic analysis for the California Water Fix which was prepared by Dr. David Sunding, a professor of natural resource economics at UC Berkeley. At the October meeting of Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay Delta, Dr. Sunding was on hand to give an overview of the report.
Dr. Sunding was engaged by the Department of Water Resources to do an economic analysis on the California Water Fix project, specifically looking at the benefits from the project in relation to the costs. Dr. Sunding performed the analysis from three perspectives: State Water Project urban contractors, State Water Project agriculture contractors, and then potentially other water users, particularly Central Valley Project South of Delta Contractors.
In water news this week from around the web …
WEEKEND DAILY DIGEST: Frazier urges Delta council to reject tunnels project certification; Delta caucus objects to federal loan to support tunnels project; ‘No magic shortcuts’ to fix California’s water system, Trump memo could help GOP; Ukiah water official calls Potter Valley Project a ‘huge’ deal for Ukiah Valley and beyond; Project focuses on forest thinning in the Mokelumne River watershed; Flood of distrust: A deep dive into San Diego’s water department; and more … READ IT HERE: Weekend Daily Digest
MONDAY: Destructive snails are invading Bay Area waters. And nobody knows what to do; Dry lake bed in Mojave Desert a subject of debate; Before it turns to ‘Jello’, Embarcadero seawall may get an upgrade; Rare Dumbo octopus filmed in deep sea off Monterey Bay; Ventura County: Groundwater agency mulls multitude of allocation plans, postpones final decision; Dry and increasingly warm start to autumn in California READ IT HERE: Monday’s Daily Digest
TUESDAY: Massive California tunnel project forges ahead on several fronts; Permit Delays Dam Up Hydro Projects, Relicensing Costs Millions; In new California disaster era of ‘fire-floods,’ where will deadly debris flows strike next?; California court rules State Board must revise waiver in water code regarding agriculture discharge; Study uses seismic noise to track water levels in underground aquifers; California’s dry October could be a sign of more concentrated rainy seasons; and more … READ IT HERE: Tuesday’s Daily Digest
WEDNESDAY: San Francisco Supervisors urge backing off alliance with farmers, Trump on reviving rivers; San Francisco leaders hate Trump enough they voted to limit the city’s water rather than do this; Metropolitan water officials cancel settlement meeting with San Diego County Water Authority; Biggest share of the Colorado River up for grabs; New Survey Finds Majority Of San Joaquin Valley Voters Support Water Bond Proposition; Water year starts dry; peak months ahead; Uncovering the planet’s hidden climate change; and more … READ IT HERE: Wednesday’s Daily Digest
THURSDAY: Oroville Dam fixed and ready to go, officials say — but at a big price; Mike Stoker Takes Helm of California and Region in Trump’s EPA; Apparently, size matters to some on the Owens Valley Groundwater Authority board; State Puts County in Temporary Control of Troubled Sativa Water in Compton; Settlement talks are on again after offer by San Diego; Water Managers Along Colorado River Figure Out How To Live With Less; and more … READ IT HERE: Thursday’s Daily Digest
FRIDAY: How next week’s expected State Water Board vote could trigger a flood of lawsuits; Oroville Dam repairs aren’t enough, feds warn. Should state be forced to plan for a mega-flood?; In this California House race, water is ‘lifeblood.’ Will an edge on the issue give Republican Rep. Denham a boost?; Future of Water Fix debated in public hearings; Communication key to California’s water future; Snorkeling With The Salmon In A Northern California River; US Interior Department sets July 1 goal for reorganization; Zinke’s heir apparent ready to step in; and more … READ IT HERE: Friday’s Daily Digest
In other news this week …
- OROVILLE SPILLWAYS CONSTRUCTION: DWR Meets November 1 Public Safety Milestone (with photos and video)
- SF ESTUARY & WATERSHED SCIENCE: Ecocultural equality and restoration, Use of captive-reared Delta smelt for species recovery, Outflow and salt intrusion in the Delta; and more …
News worth noting this week …
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: New survey finds majority of San Joaquin Valley voters support water bond proposition; Los Angeles County To Oversee Sativa Water District in Compton as Administrator; USEPA announces $26.6 million for environmental improvements on tribal lands in California
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: EPA invites projects in California to apply for WIFIA water infrastructure loans; Accelerating restoration on national forests in California: Pilot project to begin on Yuba watershed
Weekly features …
- RESERVOIR AND WATER CONDITIONS for October 29
- BLOG ROUND-UP: The Trump memo, the subsidence myth, California Water Fix, producing salmon food, Arizona’s drought plan moving in reverse, and more …
- SCIENCE NEWS: The Spring-run Salmon Saga of the San Joaquin; How researchers flinging salmon inadvertently spurred tree growth; What’s in a scientific name? A story; and more …
Announcements this week …
- WATER PLAN eNEWS: ~~ Ocean Acidification~ $24.7 Million~ Irrigation Showcase~ Water Challenge~ Message Delivery~ Strategic Workshop ~~
- DELTA eNEWS: ~~ Duck Bucks~ Crane Festival~ DPIIC Meeting~ PPIC Discussion~ WaterFix Workshop ~~
- STORM WATER GRANT PROGRAM: Revised Proposition 1, Round 1 Implementation Funding List and Web Updates
- CONSISTENCY DETERMINATION: San Joaquin Area Flood Control Agency Finds Smith Canal Gate Project Consistent with Delta Plan
- CONSISTENCY DETERMINATION: DWR Finds Proposed North Delta Project Consistent with Delta Plan
- STATEWIDE MERCURY CONTROL PROGRAM: Responses to scientific peer review posted on website for Statewide Mercury Control Program for Reservoirs
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