WEEKLY CA WATER NEWS DIGEST for June 1 through 7

A list of posts published on Maven’s Notebook this week …

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This week’s featured articles …

SGMA IMPLEMENTATION: Groundwater sustainability goals and challenges

Groundwater managers working in four critically-overdrafted basins discuss how their planning efforts are going

In basins all over California, groundwater managers are focused on developing their groundwater sustainability plans to meet the deadlines set by the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).  For groundwater basins designated as critically-overdrafted basins, the 2020 is right around the corner.

At the spring conference of the Association of California Water Agencies, a panel discussion brought together groundwater managers in four critically overdrafted basins to discuss their near-term goals and regional challenges in complying with SGMA.

Seated on the panel:

The panel was moderated by John Woodling, ACWA Groundwater Committee Chair and Vice President of GEI Consultants.

During the session, the panel members were asked a series of questions.  Rather than writing it up chronologically as I generally do, I have instead assembled the information into a profile for each basin.

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DELTA STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL: Delta Watermaster Quarterly Update

Report has good news on Delta water rights and measurement of diversions, but not so good news in the South Delta

At the May meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, Delta Watermaster Michael George gave his quarterly update on the activities of his office.  He had good news about water rights and measurement of diversions, but had bad news about the South Delta.  He began with an update on the effort to negotiate voluntary agreements as an alternative to the Bay Delta Plan.

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GUEST COMMENTARY: Are California’s Water Operations as Efficient as Claimed?

Part I: How Much Water Was Lost this Winter 2019?

This post was written by Robert Shibatani.

California water users have been consistently frustrated over the seemingly endless water curtailments imposed on them. Over the years, many have speculated on the root causes of these shortages where, everything from a lack of rainfall, to user wastage, to overly generous environmental flow allocations, have been raised. Unfortunately, the messages from the regulators, political leaders, and media are not always consistent and the public is often left uncertain and confused. We wanted to show just how much water can be “lost” by California’s current water system operations.

Click here to read this commentary.

In water news this week from around the web …

WEEKEND DAILY DIGEST: Twin Tunnels Project Is Dead. What’s Next?; State killed thousands of salmon, anglers report. Now the Trump administration wants answers; Feds Dodge Claims of Violating California Water Law; Feds declare emergency as gray whale deaths reach highest level in nearly 20 years; House bill boosts EPA funding amid infrastructure plan fallout; Los Angeles County sues Bayer’s Monsanto over PCB contamination; Bill to help Eagle Mountain hydroelectric storage project outside Joshua Tree derailed; and more … READ IT HERE: Weekend Daily Digest

MONDAY: California Snowpack 202% of Average for This Time of Year; Lake Oroville spillway may be used this week; To Pump or Not to Pump: New Tool Will Help Water Managers Make Smarter Decisions; Onetime Enemies Over Logging Are Now United in Preventing Wildfire; Marin water officials heartened by regional supply deal; Two Agencies Want to Secede From the San Diego County Water Authority; and more … READ IT HERE: Monday’s Daily Digest

TUESDAY: Westlands Water District denies violating any state law over potential raising of Shasta Dam; In Los Angeles ‘water colony’, tribes fear a parched future; California’s water crisis has put farmers in a race to the bottom; With large Sierra snowpack, DWR could soon release water over the Oroville Dam spillway; Skiing in July, dangerous rivers, full reservoirs: What Sierra’s huge snowpack means for summer; 5 U.S. Cities That Potentially Could Run Out of Water; and more … READ IT HERE:  Tuesday’s Daily Digest

WEDNESDAY: Putting a Tempest into a Teapot: Can California Better Use Winter Storms to Refill its Aquifers?; Nearly Half of Annual Water Use Reports Still Need to be Filed; Heart of Monitoring: Blue Oak Ranch Reserve Takes the Pulse of the Wild; Agriculture: Partnerships needed to promote sustainable practices; Companies Expect Climate Change to Cost Them $1 Trillion in 5 Years; Where will all the water go?; Built in 1916, Sacramento Weir to nearly double for flood control; and more … READ IT HERE: Wednesday’s Daily Digest

THURSDAY:  Water, water everywhere: Good and bad of California’s rising reservoir levels; In California, ‘enough’ water is never enough; Scientists share on-going research at Camp Fire Resource Monitoring and Research Symposium; Why California’s Water-Obsessed Farmers Vote for Trump; In Quest for Bigger Batteries, California Mulls Century-Old Idea; USGS, scientists test drone-based river analysis; Trump administration proposes hunting, fishing expansion at Marin wildlife refuges; and more … READ IT HERE:  Thursday’s Daily Digest

FRIDAY: The New Pollution: Monterey Bay is Swimming in Microplastic; Keeping Green During Drought; Attempt to plug a wasp nest sparked the biggest wildfire in California history; State Water Board Plans Workshop on CV Salt and Nitrate Program; States take up PFAS fight: ‘Is this the next asbestos?’; Planning the next century of the Contra Costa Canal; and more … READ IT HERE: Friday’s Daily Digest

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