BLOG ROUND-UP: What the Water Deals Mean; Long live Mono Lake!; Groups call for seismic remediation of San Luis Dam; Delta salinity standards; Trump’s theory of law; and more …

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What the Water Deals Mean, Part 1: December 2018 Agreements between the Department of Water Resources and the Bureau of Reclamation:  Chris Shutes writes, “On December 12, 2018, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the United States Bureau of Reclamation (Bureau) concluded a series of water agreements relating to DWR’s State Water Project (SWP) and the Bureau’s Central Valley Project (CVP).  On December 26, 2018, CALmatters published op-ed in which, Karla Nemeth, Director of the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) presents her perspective on “what new water deals mean.”  This post presents a different perspective. … ”  Continue reading at the CSPA blog here:  What the Water Deals Mean, Part 1: December 2018 Agreements between the Department of Water Resources and the Bureau of Reclamation

Ringing in 2019: Long live Mono Lake!:  Frances Spivy-Weber writes, “When I became Executive Director of the Mono Lake Committee in January 1997, its Board of Directors had decided to reinvent the Committee and to renew the original mission to protect the lake at the same time—not an easy transition for its members or the staff. The Committee was founded to save Mono Lake, which, at first, meant fighting the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) creatively but tenaciously in order to secure more water for Mono Lake and its tributary streams.  Without breaking stride, the Committee needed to learn to balance continuing vigilance of LADWP with the new challenge of working with LADWP on multiple fronts: education, monitoring, restoration, and structural changes in the Grant Lake Reservoir Dam and other aqueduct infrastructure that controlled streamflow to the lake. … ”  Read more from the Mono-Logue here:  Ringing in 2019: Long live Mono Lake!

Environmental groups call for New Congress to Fund Seismic Remediation of San Luis Dam over New Dams: Deirdre Des Jardins writes, “A coalition of environmental groups, including the Environmental Water Caucus, California Water Impact Network, California Sportfishing Alliance, Restore the Delta, Planning and Conservation League and Southern California Watershed Alliance sent an end of year letter to Senators Diane Feinstein and Kamala Harris, and Representative Jared Huffman, calling for funding of environmentally superior alternatives to new dams.  Proposed alternatives included recycling, storm water capture, and groundwater treatment.  The letter referred to the Environmental Water Caucus Report, A Sustainable Water Plan for California. … ” Continue reading at California Water Research blog here: Environmental groups call for New Congress to Fund Seismic Remediation of San Luis Dam over New Dams

blog-round-up-previous-editionsSummer Delta salinity standards: 2018 example: “In a July 2016 post I recommended a 500 EC (electroconductivity) salinity standard from July-to-mid-August for the western Delta. The longstanding Water Rights Decision 1641 standard includes this only in Wet years. It should apply in all year types unless south Delta exports are at minimum levels.  In summer 2018, a Below Normal, subnormal snowmelt year, Jersey Point salinity was kept near 500 EC through early August (Figure 1) instead of the allowed 740 EC. Was this an adaptive management experiment? If so what benefits were derived from the experiment? … ”  Read more from the California Fisheries Blog here:  Summer Delta salinity standards: 2018 example

Happy New Year, Lake Mead dropped another foot in 2018:  “By the numbers, Lake Mead began 2019 at elevation 1,081.47 feet above sea level, down a foot in 2018. This comes in spite of yet another Upper Basin release of 9 million acre feet from Glen Canyon Dam last year, an extra 770,000 acre feet above the 8.23 million acre feet the Lower Basin can rightly expect under the Law of the River. Since 2000, the Upper Basin has delivered an excess of 9.8 million acre feet from Glen Canyon Dam above and beyond the 8.23 million acre feet expected every year under the current interpretation of the Law of the River. In that time, the level of Lake Mead has declined 115 feet. ... ”  Read more from the Inkstain blog here:  Happy New Year, Lake Mead dropped another foot in 2018

Trump’s Theory of Law: He probably doesn’t know he has a theory, but he does. It’s shaping his deregulatory agenda: Dan Farber writes, “OK, using the word “theory” in connection with Trump may seem like a stretch.  But he does seem to have an implicit theory of law, which helps explain a lot of his approach to regulatory change. He’s also an intuitive believer in a strong form of the unitary executive.  Theories of law can be classified along several different dimensions. … ”  Read more from the Legal Planet blog here:  Trump’s Theory of Law

The year ahead:  Dan Farber runs down the things to watch in 2019 in the areas of regulations, courts and politics.  Read it at the Legal Planet here:  The year aheadDaily emails

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About the Blog Round-up: The Blog Round-up is a weekly journey through the wild and varied tapestry of blog commentary, incorporating the good, the bad, the ugly, and sometimes just plain bizarre viewpoints existing on the internet. Viewpoints expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily my own; inclusion of items here does not imply my endorsement of their positions. Items are chosen to express a wide range of viewpoints, and are added at the editor’s discretion. While posts with obvious factual errors are excluded, please note that no attempt is made on my part to verify or fact check the information bloggers present, so caveat emptor – let the buyer beware.

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