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This week’s featured articles …
SAC PRESS CLUB: Droughts, Tunnels & Clean Water: A Conversation on California Water Policy
Secretary Wade Crowfoot, Jeff Kightlinger, and Jennifer Pierre discuss the Delta tunnel project, the long-awaited biological opinions, SB 1, voluntary agreements, and the relationship between the Newsom and Trump administrations
Recently, the Sacramento Press Club hosted a panel discussion on the future of California water featuring Secretary Wade Crowfoot, Metropolitan General Manager Jeff Kightlinger, and State Water Contractors General Manager Jennifer Pierre. The panel was moderated by Stuart Leavenworth.
The State Water Resources Control Board will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 to consider adopting a resolution approving the proposed Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board’s amendments to the Sacramento and San Joaquin Basin Plan and the Tulare Lake Basin Plan to incorporate a Central Valley-wide Salt and Nitrate Control Program. The Basin Plan amendments were adopted by the Central Valley Water Board on May 31, 2018 (Resolution R5-2018- 0034).
The Salt and Nitrate Control Program provides a new framework for the Regional Water Board to regulate salt and nitrate, while also ensuring a safe drinking water supply and are considered the most significant changes in decades to the regulation of salts and nitrates in the surface and ground waters of Central Valley. If approved by the State Water Board, it will then be followed with the approval from Office of Administrative Law and the US EPA adoption processes.
At the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) conference last May, a panel discussed the CV-SALTS plan in detail.
GUEST COMMENTARY: Integrated Regional Water Management – Helping Create a Balanced Portfolio for our Water Future
Guest commentary from the IRWM Roundtable of Regions:
Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) represents a construct for collaborative water resource management, holistically addressing the issues and differing perspectives of all entities involved in water management through mutually beneficial solutions. The IRWM Program is managed by the Department of Water Resources, and implemented at regional and local scales state-wide.
In water news this week from around the web …
WEEKEND/MONDAY DAILY DIGEST: SB 1 Advances to California Assembly; California issues toxic algae warnings ahead of Labor Day; ‘First time I’ve ever sold an island’: Agent lands Delta deal worth $1.195 million; Wildlife experts unsure how federal rollbacks will affect Sacramento Valley bird populations; Jury awards Atwater $63 million in groundwater pollution suit against oil giant Shell; Radio show: Cymric Oil Seep Appears To Have Stopped – But Now There’s A Much Bigger One; PFAS new concern for dairy farmers; EPA Proposes Narrowing of Water Quality Certification Authority Under Clean Water Act; Tensions Rise Over Interior Department Relocations; and more … READ IT HERE: Weekend/Monday Daily Digest
TUESDAY: Making California’s Water Supply Resilient; Controversial water legislation heads to Calif. Assembly floor; Hidden Danger in Water Confronts California Wildfire Survivors; A New Way to Measure How Water Moves; Q&A: Moving Forward On Desalination; Antelope Valley: Payments required for those who pump excess groundwater; Two Small Agencies Want a Divorce From the San Diego County Water Authority. It Could Get Messy.; These six projects could fix the cross-border sewage spills; and more … READ IT HERE: Tuesday’s Daily Digest
WEDNESDAY: How California wildfires can impact water availability; Groups work to restore fish populations; Dog Deaths Raise Algal Bloom Alarm as States Report More Toxins; Senate Bill 1 Continues to Move Through the California Legislature; Kate Poole on Why SB 1 Must Ensure that CESA Applies to the Federal CVP; Proposed EPA Rules Could Limit State And Tribal Power To Block Infrastructure Projects; How the Future of Underground Mapping Can be Found in the Cloud; Court Decision Compounds Confusion Over Scope of Clean Water Act Jurisdiction; and more … READ IT HERE: Wednesday’s Daily Digest
THURSDAY: UCSD discovers surge in plastics pollution off Santa Barbara; Microplastics are polluting beaches at an alarming rate; Helping Endangered Fish Return to Suisun Marsh; As temperatures rise, more California forests will burn; Farmers concerned over how mandatory water cuts from Colorado River will impact agriculture; Arizona: New border wall could further deplete groundwater supplies; and more … READ IT HERE: Thursday’s Daily Digest
FRIDAY: A giant mass of warm water off the Pacific Coast could rival ‘the blob’ of 2014-15; Valley Growers Pin Hopes On Far – Reaching San Joaquin Valley Blueprint; Prioritizing equity helps ensure poor communities receive benefits of bond measures; The story of a California delta island selling for less than a San Francisco condo; New Income Source From Farming?; Report reveals play-by-play of first U.S. grid cyberattack; and more … READ IT HERE: Friday’s Daily Digest
News worth noting this week …
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: State Water Board appointees Laurel Firestone and Sean Maguire confirmed by State Senate; PPIC: New publications: Water Management in a Changing Climate
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: Governor Newsom appoints Kristin Peer as deputy secretary and special counsel for water policy at to Cal EPA; U.S. EPA awards close to $8 million to protect and restore San Francisco Bay and its watersheds
Weekly features …
- UPCOMING EVENTS: Incentivizing groundwater recharge; Second Annual Western Groundwater Congress; SoCal stormwater workshop; Water Smart Innovations
- BLOG ROUND-UP: California water bureaucrats refuse to use a perfectly good water delivery system; The unintended consequences of laws; Delta tunnel; Plastic in the ocean; Drinking water systems; and more …
- SCIENCE NEWS: Improving habitat at the Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve; Drone use in fisheries research; A new way to measure how water moves; New viruses discovered in endangered wild Pacific salmon populations; and more …
Announcements this week …
- FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Northern California Forests and Watersheds Program
- FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Water conservation, pollution prevention, habitat restoration grants available in Santa Clara County
- KLAMATH DAMS: State Water Board denies water quality certification for Lower Klamath Project
- NOTICE: OAL Approves State Wetland Definition and Procedures for Discharges of Dredged or Fill Material to Waters of the State
- OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT: A Proposed Framework for Regulating Direct Potable Reuse in California, Second Edition
- WATER PLAN eNEWS: ~~Flood-MAR Forum~ Sierra Summit~ USFS Grants~ Conservation Grants~ Biodiversity Day~ Splash ~~
- DELTA eNEWS: ~~ Pittsburg Marina~ Pittsburg Festival~ ISB Meeting~ DPC Meeting~ Delta Cleanup~~
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