NEWS WORTH NOTING: Bureau of Reclamation names Ernest A. Conant Mid-Pacific Regional Director; Your input invited: Delta Plan Five-Year Review Survey; Water and climate update: Blizzard conditions, heavy rain, and mudslides impact California

Bureau of Reclamation names Ernest A. Conant Mid-Pacific Regional Director

Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman today named Ernest A. Conant director of the Mid-Pacific Region. Conant has nearly 40 years of water law experience and previously served as senior partner of Young Wooldridge, LLP.

“Ernest has been at the forefront of California water for nearly four decades, advocating for water for both agriculture and municipalities,” said Commissioner Burman. “His experience with California water will serve our Mid-Pacific Region well as we continue to develop new, innovative strategies to meet the needs of water users.”

As director of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region, Conant will manage one of the nation’s largest and most complex water projects, the Central Valley Project, as well as Oregon’s Klamath Project; Nevada’s Newlands, Humboldt, Washoe and Truckee Storage projects; and California’s Cachuma, Orland, Santa Maria, Solano and Ventura River projects.

Most recently, Conant served as chair of the Water/Special Districts/Environmental Law Practice Group for Young Wooldridge where he was involved in negotiating major water agreements and has led water banking and other storage initiatives.

Conant, whose family has been farming in California for six generations, was born in the northern California city of Marysville. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1975 from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he was named Outstanding Senior by the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources. In 1984-86, he participated in the Class XV California Agricultural Leadership Program. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University in 1979.

Your Input Invited: Delta Plan Five-Year Review Survey

From the Delta Stewardship Council:

As required under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Reform Act of 2009, Water Code section 85300, the Delta Stewardship Council (Council) is currently conducting a five-year review of the Delta Plan. As part of this review, the Council is interested in the perspectives of those that have been engaged with its creation and implementation as well as those with a stake in its success. Your input in the five-year review process is greatly valued by the Council.

Please click here to provide your thoughts through our survey.

Survey responses are due by February 1, 2019.

For more information on the Council and the Delta Plan, visit

Water and climate update: Blizzard conditions, heavy rain, and mudslides impact California

From the USDA:

The Natural Resources Conservation Service produces this weekly report using data and products from the National Water and Climate Center and other agencies. The report focuses on seasonal snowpack, precipitation, temperature, and drought conditions in the U.S.

California was battered this week by a strong, Pacific storm bringing heavy rain, mountain blizzards, flooding, and mudslides. Rainfall exceeded 10 inches in the last two days at one location south of San Francisco. Evacuations were ordered in mudslide-prone areas that experienced extreme fires this year. Blizzard warnings were in effect for the central and southern Sierra Nevada, where many feet of snow blanketed the mountains closing highways and slowing or stopping traffic. The map shows the two-day increase in snowpack depth at SNOTEL sites in the central Sierra Nevada. The storm is forecast to end later today with over six feet of snow falling in some areas. This major storm is expected to impact the remainder of the continental U.S. in the coming days.

Click here to read the report.


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