WEEKLY DIGEST for November 25 through 30
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This week’s featured articles …
CA WATER COMMISSION: Overview of Water Use Efficiency Legislation, Water Storage Investment Program Update
At the November meeting of the California Water Commission, agenda items included an overview of the SB 606/AB 1668 water conservation legislation which was passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor earlier this year; Commission staff also gave an update on the Water Storage Investment Program, including the status of the contracts for administration of public benefits.
BAY DELTA SCIENCE CONFERENCE: Drought, climate change, and restoration resiliency
The 2012-2016 drought is one for the records in that, while not necessarily the driest or the longest for California since the state has been keeping records, it was the hottest drought with many scientists saying that we can expect similar droughts in the future. John Durand, a research scientist at UC Davis, gave this presentation at the 2018 Bay Delta Science Conference that looked at the impacts of the drought on the Delta from the perspectives of the environment, the economy, and Delta stakeholders.
In water news this week from around the web …
WEEKEND DAILY DIGEST: Bigger wildfires. Worsening droughts. More disease. How climate change is battering California; As California Wildfire Winds Down, Rain and Winds Create New Fears; Get ready, California: Gavin Newsom is not Jerry Brown; Legal commentary: There is No Free Lunch: The Endangered Species Act, The Public Trust Doctrine and The Takings Clause; L.A. wasn’t built in the desert, but the desert may be coming to us, says the LA Times; Defeat of water bond imperils desert community of Borrego Springs; and more … READ IT HERE: Weekend Daily Digest
MONDAY: Interior Department Takes Lead Federal Role in California Water; A legal battle in the Coachella Valley could transform how California – and the nation – uses water; Rounds of storms to send wind, rain and snow into the West Coast this week; California, Trump eye logging to fight wildfire as scientists point to climate change and housing sprawl; White House plays down climate report’s alarming findings; and more … READ IT HERE: Monday’s Daily Digest
TUESDAY: Supreme Court limits Endangered Species Act: Habitat must contain endangered species; More storms in forecast are good news for firefighters, reservoirs, Tahoe resorts; Local measures address water, fire in midterm elections; Lame duck congressman sees payoff of Sites efforts; 15 takeaways from the US climate change report; Imperial Irrigation District GM steps down amid unsettled fight over water rights; and more … READ IT HERE: Tuesday’s Daily Digest
WEDNESDAY: Summit meeting discusses river flows proposal; Salmon surge: Habitat improvements paying off on the Mokelumne River; Trump officials announce $450 million loan for Sites Reservoir; Pacific Storm To Bring Rain, Mountain Snow To California; California Farm Bureau Federation posts protest form to appeal water rights fee; California Supreme Court Set to Review Companion Groundwater Cases; Legal battle in Southern California could threaten federal Colorado River drought plan; and more … READ IT HERE: Wednesday’s Daily Digest
THURSDAY: Imperial Valley judge warns fight over water rights could head to Congress or the U.S. Supreme Court; When will sea level rise swallow Santa Barbara beaches?; Water rights fee protest ends; Feds deny WaterFix funding request; Central Valley Salmon Population Remains Strong After Record Numbers Last Year; California’s attorney general clashes with Trump’s acting EPA chief over climate change; Another disruptive storm has its sights set on the West Coast this week; and more … READ IT HERE: Thursday’s Daily Digest
FRIDAY: Could this obscure agency derail Jerry Brown’s Delta tunnels?; Flooding in California as rain hits wildfire-burned areas; In California, houses burned; so did the toxic chemicals they contained; Camp Fire’s climate toll: Greenhouse gases equal about a week of California auto emissions; Recent storms have many hopeful for a deep Sierra snowpack this season; ‘Getting close’: Outline of Colorado River drought agreement takes shape in Arizona; and more … READ IT HERE: Friday’s Daily Digest
News worth noting this week …
- SGMA IMPLEMENTATION … Draft Basin Boundary Modifications Released
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: Attorney General Becerra and the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife issue legal advisory on Migratory Bird Treaty Act; Water and climate update: Winter storms blanket parts of the Midwest and Northeast
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: Sacramento Suburban Water District and Reclamation Sign 27-Year Contract Providing Access to Wet Year Water Supplies
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: Governor Brown announces regional water board appointments
Weekly features …
- RESERVOIR AND WATER CONDITIONS for November 26
- BLOG ROUND-UP: The folly of unimpaired flows, Recommendations for Newsom, State of the San Joaquin River, Operation FATFISH, Working with tribes, Why Colorado River drought plan won’t work, and more …
- SCIENCE NEWS: How many Central Valley salmon come from hatcheries?; Pacific Northwest woodlands less vulnerable to drought; New study explores ecosystem stability; US groundwater in peril; and more …
Announcements this week …
- DELTA eNEWS: ~~ Christmas Faire~ Boat Parade~ Santa Selfies~ Wildlife Refuge~ Museum Day~ Conservancy Board~~
- WATER PLAN eNEWS: ~~ Climate Assessment~ Environmental Justice~ Habitat Grants~ Watershed Plan~ Summit Recap~ Soil Survey~ Water Tool ~~
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