WEEKLY CA WATER NEWS DIGEST for March 17 – 22
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This week’s featured articles …
MET WATER PLANNING & STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE: Voluntary Settlement Agreements
Presentation delves into the proposed voluntary agreement; compares flows, looks at funding
At the March meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Water Planning and Stewardship Committee, Bay Delta Initiatives Manager Steve Arakawa walked committee members through the recent framework for the voluntary agreement that is being proposed as an alternative to the State Water Board’s update to the Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan. Mr. Arakawa’s presentation included a comparison of proposed flows in the voluntary agreement proposal to those being proposed by State Water Board staff, as well as a look at how the proposed actions would be funded.
It’s also important to note that the proposal submitted to the State Water Board is not yet complete; it includes a planning agreement among the negotiating parties (water agencies, irrigation districts, NGOs) submitting the proposal that is an agreement to continue working out the details in hopes of reaching a final agreement (or in other words, a plan to continue planning).
In water news this week from around the web …
WEEKEND DAILY DIGEST: California’s Drought Is Over. What Will That Mean for Water Use?; Drought, schmrought, water experts already fret the next dry year and still preach conservation; Instagram-hungry crowds are destroying the super bloom; Everything that’s in the Dingell Act; State environmental group wants old Scott Dam on Eel River removed; Solano water agency ‘mussels’ up against Berryessa infestation; New Contra Costa Canal ownership change could mean more safety upgrades; Wet winter likely to keep Colorado River out of shortage next year; and more … READ IT HERE: Weekend Daily Digest
MONDAY: Companies polluted Western waters. Now taxpayers are picking up the tab; USGS study predicts more disastrous effects from sea level rise in Bay Area; This invasive 20-pound rodent could devastate California’s agriculture industry; Once Again in Redwood City, a Battle Brews Over Cargill’s Land; Fish in tubes: The salmon cannon is just one place where fish go tubular; and more … READ IT HERE: Monday’s Daily Digest
TUESDAY: New storm to mark end of dry spell in California, Southwest; One Increasingly Popular Way to Control Floods: Let the Water Come; Did Reclamation Do Right by Westlands With 55% Allocation?; Will salmon and steelhead once again spawn on the Mokelumne above Pardee?; Legal Alert: State Water Board Unveils Aggressive Plan to Issue Investigative Orders for PFAS; Western drought deal is a go, without IID and as Salton Sea clean-up remains stalled; White House FY20 budget proposes cuts for EPA, Army Corps; and more … READ IT HERE: Tuesday’s Daily Digest
WEDNESDAY: FEMA Details Why It Rejected State’s Request for Oroville Spillway Funds; Sierra Snowpack at 156% as Some CA Ski Resorts Get Over 550 Inches of Snow This Season; Patzert says not so fast with declaring drought over; groundwater recovery could take years; Resource issues dominate annual CFBF conference; Siskiyou County: Agreement intends to help landowners aid salmon; Western states finish Colorado River drought deal, ask Congress to sign off; and more … READ IT HERE: Wednesday’s Daily Digest
THURSDAY: How rising sea levels could impact Delta and the Sacramento Valley; Litigation Over California WaterFix Slows; Governor Newsom pushes for fee to clean up tainted water; Why President Trump’s Fast-Tracked Water Allocations Are Raising Alarm; California’s drought may be over, but its trees are still dying; EPA Boss Calls Unsafe Water Bigger Issue Than Climate Change; and more … READ IT HERE: Thursday’s Daily Digest
FRIDAY: Details of Newsom’s plan for drinking water tax revealed; Expert Claims CA Water Officials Are Flirting With Disaster At Oroville Dam; State of California begins treatment of invasive aquatic plants; California’s drought is over. What will that mean for water use?; Army bill for public records on contaminant: About $300,000; Three eye-opening water maps for business; Feds Sued Over Plan to Drain More of Colorado River Basin; and more … READ IT HERE: Friday’s Daily Digest
News worth noting this week …
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: Delta Stewardship Council denies appeal of Smith Canal Gate Project; A wet winter and above average rain mean a boost to local stormwater capture in L.A.; USDA invests millions to protect communities from wildfires, restore forest ecosystems, improve drinking water
- WATER ALLOCATIONS: State Water Project Allocations Increase to 70 Percent Following Strong Winter Storms
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: Sites Reservoir project draws criticism from fishermen, tribes, and conservation groups; Groups warn Feinstein a “dark ethical cloud” hangs over Bernhardt
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: Reclamation’s Colorado River Basin inflow projections reflect improved hydrological conditions in 2019
- WATER ALLOCATIONS: Reclamation updates 2019 Central Valley Project water allocations
Weekly features …
- RESERVOIR AND WATER CONDITIONS for March 18
- BLOG ROUND-UP: Water rights during drought; winter pulsed flows for salmon; Valley water supplies; Community participation in SGMA; Markets for clean water; and more …
- SCIENCE NEWS: Remotely Operated Vehicle Gives Scientists an Underwater View into California’s MPAs; Woolly star plants need catastrophes to live; Western droughts caused permanent loss to major California groundwater source; Pave paradise and put up a … desert?; and more …
Announcements this week …
- DELTA eNEWS: ~~ Heritage Area~ SFEWS Issue~ DSC Meeting~ DPC Meeting~ Movie Night ~~
- WATER PLAN eNEWS: ~~ Block Grants~ Data Portal~ Tucson Conference~ May Event~ Water Sustainability~ Floodplain Conference ~~
- FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Wetland Program Development Grants RFA now open
- FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: 2019 Conservation Easement Applications for Agricultural Lands and Wetlands Due by April 12
- SAN JOAQUIN RIVER: Flood Flow Schedule
- WATER QUALITY: U.S.EPA approves sediment quality provisions
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