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This week’s featured articles …
CAL WATER FIX: Metropolitan Board workshop compares one-tunnel options to Cal Water Fix
Presentation compares water delivery capability, stormwater diversion capability, water quality benefits, reverse flows, seismic events, project costs
Governor Newsom sent reverberations through the California water community when he announced during his state of the state address: “I do not support the Water Fix as currently configured,” said Governor Newsom. “Meaning, I do not support the twin tunnels. But we can build on the important work that’s already been done. That’s why I do support a single tunnel.”
So just what would a one-tunnel project look like? A workshop for Metropolitan Water District board members compared a single tunnel project at both 3000 cfs and 6000 cfs to the California Water Fix project, looking at water delivery capability, the ability to divert stormwater flows, water quality benefits, reverse flows, seismic events, and project costs.
ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT FORUM, Part 1: Panel shares perspectives on and experience with adaptive management
Panelists discuss what adaptive management is in a practical sense and how it can effectively be implemented in the Delta
Adaptive management is widely regarded as an effective approach to environmental management in the face of uncertainty because the approach provides a way to build science and learning into management practices under changing conditions. However, while adaptive management has been successfully applied in other ecosystems, adaptive management has not yet been widely been implemented in the Delta.
In February of 2019, the Delta Science Program hosted the Adaptive Management Forum, bringing together scientists, practitioners, consultants, and other Delta stakeholders to discuss how to further and effectively support the application of adaptive management to restoration projects in the Delta. The forum consisted of presentations, panels, and breakout sessions to provide an opportunity for participants to discuss ecosystem restoration and adaptive management in the Delta.
In water news this week from around the web …
WEEKEND DAILY DIGEST: Governor’s drinking water tax plan advances in Assembly, but faces resistance; Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer joins clean water fight; After near-disaster, Oroville Dam spillway about to face its first big test; California’s public trust doctrine draws attention in courts; Desalination’s Potential for California’s Water Supply; Wildfires May Pollute Water Supplies on a Warming Planet; Security: Hackers force water utilities to sink or swim; and much more … READ IT HERE: Weekend Daily Digest
MONDAY: Oroville Dam spillway to be used Tuesday; California’s monster snow year … ‘It’s Been a Wild Ride’; On Public Lands, Visitors Surge While Federal Management Funds Decline; and more … READ IT HERE: Monday’s Daily Digest
TUESDAY: California wants to aim lasers at snowpack to better predict runoff; Restoring Mountain Meadows to Benefit Water Supply; California’s Rebuilt Oroville Dam Spillway to Open for First Time Since Collapse; Rep. Jared Huffman becoming key Democratic leader on the environment; ‘It’s really in great shape.’ Trump sees warming up close; Debunking Myths: 5 Things To Know About Green Infrastructure; and more … READ IT HERE: Tuesday’s Daily Digest
WEDNESDAY: California adopts new wetland protections as Trump administration eases them; Reconstructed Oroville Dam spillway used for first time since February 2017 crisis; Sierra Snowpack a ‘Supply Dream’ at 162% of Average; Farmers welcome federal agencies’ suits on flows plan; CalEPA Secretary Blumenfeld on Governor Newsom’s Water & Climate Priorities; Sierra wildfire prep stunted by federal shutdown, heavy snow; EPA: 5 takeaways from Wheeler’s House appearance; Lawmakers introduce bills in Congress to implement Colorado drought plan; and more … READ IT HERE: Wednesday’s Daily Digest
THURSDAY: Rain, wind and mountain snow to blast through US West Coast late this week; River levels rise as more water released from Keswick and Oroville Dams; Why Harder, other valley reps are asking EPA for close review of delta water plan; Oakdale, South San Joaquin Irrigation District Applaud Bureau Of Reclamation Lawsuit; Legal analysis: The Federal Government Challenges the State Water Board’s Amended Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan; The firm that once employed Trump’s pick to run Interior is making millions lobbying it; Federal Watchdog Reviewing Allegations Acting Interior Secretary Broke Ethics Pledge; and more … READ IT HERE: Thursday’s Daily Digest
FRIDAY: More rain means more water being released from Lake Shasta — and some flooding; Releases from Oroville Dam spillway to increase Friday; Implementing water conservation legislation; Legal analysis of new wetlands regulations; Senate committee endorses Bernhardt to head Interior Department; The Bay’s colorful salt ponds are fading, and that’s a good thing; and more … READ IT HERE: Friday’s Daily Digest
This week from Oroville …
- THIS JUST IN … DWR Plans to Use Oroville Main Spillway on Tuesday, April 2 (with photo gallery)
- THIS JUST IN … Water flows down Oroville Spillway for the first time (Video!! More video!!)
- OROVILLE SPILLWAY: Update on Operations (with video and photo gallery)
This week’s breaking news …
- THIS JUST IN … California Water Board Adopts Statewide Wetland Definition and Procedures
- THIS JUST IN … Snow survey boosts runoff predictions
News worth noting this week …
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: Chairs Raúl M. Grijalva & Jared Huffman Request Documents on Acting DOI Secretary Bernhardt’s Ties with Westlands Water District
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: Reclamation transitions to modified water operation plan for its Klamath Project; GGSA releases backgrounder on the benefits of flood releases as Oroville lets the water fly; Colorado River Basin senators introduce Drought Contingency Plan legislation
Weekly features …
- BLOG ROUND-UP: Oroville … what if?; Climate change and snowpack; Water rights and drought; No frills and no tills; and more, plus a round-up of April 1st posts
- SCIENCE NEWS: Rebuilt wetlands can protect shorelines better than walls; NOAA seeks to improve fish passage through 2018 program review; How tribes are harnessing cutting-edge data to plan for climate change; and more …
Announcements this week …
- WATER PLAN eNEWS: ~~ Water Data~ Improving Communication~ Wildfire Webinar~ UWI Conference~ Decarbonization~ Water Quality ~~
- DELTA eNEWS: ~~ Nutria Update~ Creek Week~ DPIIC Meeting~ Delta Broadband~ Delta Voice~ Delta Blog ~~
- LEGAL DOCUMENTS: Petition for writ of mandate/injunctive relief re: US v. State Water Resources Control Board
- FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: EPA Administrator Wheeler Announces New WIFIA Funding for Water Infrastructure Projects
- GROUNDWATER QUALITY DATA: New GAMA Program Online Tools
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