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This week’s featured articles …
WESTERN GROUNDWATER CONGRESS: Multiple perspectives on groundwater-surface water interactions under SGMA
Panel discussion looks at groundwater-surface water interactions under SGMA from a regulatory, environmental, academic, and policy perspective
The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act defines sustainable groundwater management in terms of avoiding six undesirable results defined in the legislation: declining groundwater levels, reduction in groundwater storage, land subsidence, sea water intrusion, water quality degradation, and depletion of interconnected surface water. Of these six undesirable results, the one that has spurred the most discussion has been surface water depletions.
At the Groundwater Resources Association’s Western Groundwater Congress held this fall, a panel of speakers offered their perspectives on surface water-groundwater interactions under SGMA.
MOUNTAIN COUNTIES SYMPOSIUM: Delta Watermaster Michael George and Jason Peltier discuss moving forward in the Delta
In October of 2018, the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association held a symposium that focused on the California Water Fix, the Delta, and the health of the greater watershed. Two of the speakers were Michael George, the Delta Watermaster, and Jason Peltier, Executive Director of the Coalition for a Sustainable Delta. Here is what they had to say.
CAL WATER FIX HEARINGS: Protestors write State Water Board, say hearing cannot be finalized
Recent developments propose significant changes to project operations that are not reflected in the modeling, they say
Several letters were delivered to the California Water Fix hearing team at the State Water Board yesterday saying that in light of the recent developments, the hearing cannot be finalized and the Board must now reexamine how or if the hearings can go forward.
Testimony for Part 2 concluded at the beginning of October. The hearing team has not yet announced whether more testimony is needed or if they will now move to closing arguments.
In water news this week from around the web …
WEEKEND DAILY DIGEST: California cedes water to feds in Delta deal with Trump; Bay Area House Democrats take on Feinstein over water bill; Water shortages ahead? Sierra Nevada snow pack on track to shrink 79 percent, new study finds; Rice farmers, duck hunters work to establish ‘world class habitat’ in the Sac Valley; Sewer and water quality issues – a widespread issue across California prisons; More on the State Water Board flows decision; Interior chief Zinke to leave administration, is Denham next in line?; Clean Water Act: Experts predict legal trouble for Scalia-inspired rule; and more … READ IT HERE: Weekend Daily Digest
MONDAY: El Niños to strengthen because of global warming, will cause ‘more extreme weather’, study says; Coastal report gives state good marks, sees room to improve on planning for rising sea; Report Calls Forest Service Response to 2016 Big Sur Fire a ‘Firefighting Boondoggle’; Dangerous Surf Targeting the West Coast From California to Washington State; Groups worry about next Interior Secretary as Zinke leaves; and more … READ IT HERE: Monday’s Daily Digest
TUESDAY: What caused nearly 20,000 earthquakes at Oroville Dam? Scientists weigh in; High tides and storms could be California’s next costly calamity; Nonprofit continues battle to save Klamath Dams; Time is running short for Colorado River managers to hammer out drought plan; Long waited WOTUS rule addresses uncertainty, but may face litigation ahead; Huge barrier isn’t trapping plastic waste in the Pacific Ocean; Leading contenders emerge to replace Zinke as Secretary; and more … READ IT HERE: Tuesday’s Daily Digest
WEDNESDAY: Historic agreements may ensure more reliable water supply in the Valley; California utility regulators failed to properly oversee water suppliers, state audit finds; Lawsuits await after water board adopts flow plan; ‘Extremely dangerous’ waves crash into California coast; Brown Talks Legacy, Future of Politics in ‘Exit Interview’; New Clean Water rule aims for clarity, ignores stream science; Zinke leaves legacy of weakened environmental protections; and more … READ IT HERE: Wednesday’s Daily Digest
THURSDAY: Deal could avoid shutdown, but California wildlife and water measures will have to wait; Democrats’ House takeover could mean big changes for California water policy; Merced Irrigation District plans lawsuit to fight controversial Bay Delta Plan; Wide fluctuation in October water conservation numbers; How climate change is affecting small Sierra Nevada lakes; Stanford water law expert discusses proposed rollback of Clean Water Act protections; Rep. Denham could be next Interior Secretary, Delta advocates worry; Candidates to replace Zinke quietly maneuver; and more … READ IT HERE: Thursday’s Daily Digest
FRIDAY: Water transfers to the environment on the rise; Warming Winters and Dwindling Sierra Nevada Snowpack Will Squeeze Water Resources in Parts of California, NOAA Reports; Catch A Snowflake And Help Scientists Understand How Winter Storms Change The Sierra Nevada; US hydropower droughts cause rise in greenhouse gas emissions; and more … READ IT HERE: Friday’s Daily Digest
This week’s breaking water news …
- THIS JUST IN … RESTORE THE DELTA: DWR’S No Harm Agreement & Letter Of Dismissal To Water Agencies: A “Surrender Dorothy” Effort To Save WaterFix By The Brown Administration (Wednesday afternoon)
Website news …
News worth noting this week …
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: DWR releases draft California Water Plan Update 2018 for public review; House passes Gibbs’ bipartisan bill to help communities comply with clean water standards; Water and climate update: Rain, snow, and wind target the Pacific Northwest
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: EPA awards California $187 million for drinking water and wastewater projects; California, Washington and British Columbia join forces on forest health and climate change
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: DWR launching Salton Sea habitat enhancement project; Colorado River Delta report provides restoration road map
Other news items …
- SAN FRANCISCO ESTUARY AND WATERSHED SCIENCE JOURNAL: Analyses of large storms and atmospheric rivers; Evaluations of fish surveys; Impacts of predator species on juvenile salmon; Alternative juvenile salmon production estimate approaches
Weekly features …
- RESERVOIR AND WATER CONDITIONS for December 17
- BLOG ROUND-UP: State Water Board decision, Brown-Trump water agreements, Delta smelt, Beyond the drought contingency plan, WOTUS rollback, and more …
- SCIENCE NEWS: Rice farmers, duck hunters work to create world class habitat in Sacto Valley; Surveying for survivors; Upcycling Christmas trees; How climate change is affecting small Sierra Nevada lakes; and more …
Announcements this week …
- SHASTA DAM RAISE PROJECT: Scoping comment deadline extended to January 14; Scoping meeting presentation and posters now available
- DELTA eNEWS: ~~ RMP Science~ Dutch Slough~ Fisheries Plan~ Boater Card~ Traffic Advisory~ Ugly Sweaters~ Uglier Sweaters ~~
- FUNDING AVAILABLE: DWR solicits proposals from Local Maintaining Agencies seeking financial assistance
- GRANT OPPORTUNITY: CalEPA accepting applications for environmental justice grants
- DWR SUSTAINABLE GROUNDWATER PROGRAM NEWS: New climate change tools, Draft basin boundary modifications, and more …
- CONSISTENCY DETERMINATION: City of Stockton Finds Envision Stockton 2040 General Plan Consistent with Delta Plan
- SB-88 WORKSHOPS: Water Rights Measurement Regulation (SB88) Workshops to be held in January in Sacramento and Stockton
- WATER PLAN eNEWS: ~~ Watershed Grants~ Tributary Funding~ Dutch Slough~ Delta Questionnaire~ Managers Survey~ WestFAST ~~
- SGMA IMPLEMENTATION: New Climate Change Data Tools Available
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