WEEKLY CA WATER NEWS DIGEST for June 16 through 21
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This week’s featured articles …
CA WATER LAW SYMPOSIUM: Questions of common supply: SGMA requirements for interconnected surface water and groundwater
The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), passed in 2014, is California’s first statewide law that explicitly reflects the fact that surface water and groundwater are frequently interconnected and that groundwater management can impact groundwater-dependent ecosystems, surface water flows, and the beneficial uses of those flows.
SGMA requires groundwater sustainability agencies (GSAs) to manage groundwater to avoid six undesirable results, one of which is significant and unreasonable adverse impacts on beneficial uses of surface water. While this aspect of SGMA is clearly important, significant uncertainties exist regarding how GSAs will actually define and achieve this goal. At the 2019 California Water Law Symposium, a panel of experts discussed the structure of SGMA and how it addresses these water connections, particularly in relation to fisheries and the public trust doctrine.
Seated on the panel:
- Rick Frank: Rick Frank is a professor of law at the UC Davis Law School. For many years, he was with the California Attorney General’s office and litigated a number of very important water and environmental cases.
- Andy Sawyer: Andy Sawyer is Assistant Chief Counsel at the State Water Resources Control Board. He manages the activities of the Office of Chief Counsel involving water rights and the drinking water program.
- Paul Kibel: Paul Kibel is a professor at Golden Gate University School of Law. where he teaches a broad array of environmental courses and directs GGU’s Center on Urban Environmental Law. He is also counsel with the Water and Power Law Group and on the advisory board of the San Francisco Baykeeper.
- Letty Belin: Letty Belin is an attorney who specializes in tribal water rights, water law, and other natural resource issues. Letty served as counsel to the Deputy Secretary of the Interior in Washington DC, most recently a visiting fellow at Stanford’s Water in the West program.
DELTA SCIENCE: Lead Scientist Dr. Callaway updates the State Water Board on science efforts in the Delta
At the May 21st meeting of the State Water Board, Lead Scientist Dr. John Callaway updated Board members of ongoing science efforts in the Delta. In his update, Dr. Callaway discussed the advisory panel report on biological goals, the results from the recent research solicitation, and a paper on salmon resiliency in the face of climate change.
ROBERT SHIBATANI: Are California’s Water Operations as Efficient as Claimed?
Part II: How Much Water Was Lost this Spring 2019?
In Part I of this series, we looked at the daily operations of Folsom Reservoir this past winter from January through March to see how much water from the reservoir was released or lost from the system as “spills”. Here in Part II, we address the same daily operations of Folsom Reservoir for the primary spring months of April and May.
In water news this week from around the web …
WEEKEND DAILY DIGEST: New California Bill Could Revolutionize How the U.S. Tackles Plastic Pollution; The U.S. Isn’t Nearly As Dry As It Was a Year Ago; Lake Oroville Operations Update: June 14; A Delta Conundrum: ‘One oil well would eliminate all those wind mills and you could make it look like a tree.’; Santa Rosa Plain groundwater fees OK’d, but residents and businesses won’t pay for 3 years; SFPUC Growing Plants in Hospital-Like Nursery to Protect Water Quality; Video: Forecast-coordinated operations program; and more … READ IT HERE: Weekend Daily Digest
MONDAY: Communicating the Value of Water: The ABCS of Water Communication; Reclamation gives westside farmers another nudge for water; Win-loss budget outcomes for ag climate programs; California needs a big pot of money for wildfires. But how big? And who pays?; California’s wildfire season is starting and officials are bracing for the worst; How Ice A Half A World Away Affects Southern California Sea Levels; Winter lingers in high country even as summer approaches; and more … READ IT HERE: Monday’s Daily Digest
TUESDAY: Wet California winter is a boon for skiers and water supply. But it brings a threat: Wildfires.; Why fighting for clean water with climate change money worries some California lawmakers; Harder pushes for passage of water bill; Long Beach joins international dancers to bring attention to water issues; Environment and energy debates take center stage in Washington DC; Air Force diverted $66 million from other projects for PFAS cleanup; Future summers will ‘smash’ temperature records every year; and more … READ IT HERE: Tuesday’s Daily Digest
WEDNESDAY: State distributes grants to help implement SGMA; CDFW Documents Statewide Impact of Recent Drought on Fish and Aquatic Species; Wildlife and Way of Life in the North Delta?; Legal alert: Resolution Adopting New Water Rates Not Subject to Referendum; California Shows Decreased Use of Most-Hazardous Pesticides; OSU researchers study ways to help rivers amid climate change; Did a burning river really fuel landmark law’s passage?; ‘Intelligent water’ could save U.S water utilities $17.6 billion, report says; Trump says ‘air and water are the cleanest they’ve ever been’ in US; and more … READ IT HERE: Wednesday’s Daily Digest
THURSDAY: Newsom Catches Heat for Using Climate Funds on Drinking Water Plan; Radio show: How 1 Farmer Navigates California’s Strict Limit On Groundwater; California Lawmakers Approve Plan to Improve Water Management With a Network of Stream Gages; Congress passes $30 million Salton Sea bill; NOAA Fisheries adopts new plan for West Coast ecosystem science and management; Groundwater pumping has significantly reduced US stream flows; Septic sticker shock hits Russian River area; Kern County’s recharging basins come with a pesky price; and more … READ IT HERE: Thursday’s Daily Digest
FRIDAY: Who owns groundwater? Lawsuit seeks to answer the question; State Thanks ‘Robust’ Storms for Higher Water Allocation; The Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority’s Role in Assisting DWR; ‘This is all stolen land’: Native Americans want more than California’s apology; Rice fields provide protected habitat for young salmon; Protecting US from rising sea levels will cost $400 billion over next 20 years, study finds; Looking for Fresh Water in All the Snowy Places; Looking for some weekend water fun?; and more … READ IT HERE: Friday’s Daily Digest
News worth noting and other news items this week …
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: Western Senators introduce bipartisan drought legislation; Garamendi secures funding for Central Valley water and flood control projects; Reclamation selects 18 projects to receive $9 million in WaterSMART grants to prepare and build resilience to drought
- THIS JUST IN … State Water Project allocations increase to 75 Percent
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: Joint SWC/DWR funded research sheds new light on endangered chinook salmon on the Sutter Bypass; DISB seeks public comment on draft review of the Interagency Ecological Program; CDFW to host public meetings on lands regulations changes
- June 2019 Issue of ESTUARY News – Water, Environment, Climate, Equity
- SF ESTUARY & WATERSHED SCIENCE: Ten Essential Bay‒Delta Articles; Geospatial tools and water budgets for the Delta; 20th century outflow and salinity intrusion; Management of invasive water hyacinth
- THIS JUST IN … Reclamation updates 2019 Central Valley Project South-of-Delta water allocations
Weekly features …
- RESERVOIR AND WATER CONDITIONS for June 17, 2019
- BLOG ROUND-UP: Bernhardt’s Bay-Delta Plan runs into a problem: science; Why everybody is so excited about 23 salmon; Artifishal: New film asks, have we reached the end of wild?; Interview with the Salton Sea; and more …
- SCIENCE NEWS: NOAA Fisheries adopts new plan for West Coast ecosystem science and management; CDFW documents statewide impact of recent drought on fish and aquatic species; A helping hand for coho in Scott Creek; Artifishal: New film asks, have we reached the end of wild?; and more …
Announcements this week …
- DATATHON: Water Datathon to be held in conjunction with Water Data Science Symposium, July 1-2
- DELTA eNEWS: ~~ Paradise Cut~ Delta Seminar~ DSC Meeting~ Delta’s Best~ New SFEWS~ LiDAR Dataset~ Estuary News ~~
- WATER PLAN eNEWS: ~~ Californians Queried~ Sea levels~ NOAA Forecasting~ Conservation Grants~ Water Symposium~ Delta LiDAR~ WestFAST News ~~
- NOTICE of Petitions for Temporary Urgency Change – U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
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