WEEKLY CA WATER NEWS DIGEST for October 6 – 11: Groundwater recharge, Delta conveyance update, CV-SALTS program
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This week’s featured articles …
GROUNDWATER RECHARGE: Balancing our depleted groundwater supplies and ecosystem needs
Groundwater managers across the state are looking to groundwater recharge as a potential solution to their community’s water challenges. However, there are concerns about how groundwater recharge in the age of SGMA actually works and how to ensure sufficient instream flows to protect those beneficial uses.
To address these questions, the Local Government Commission and the Clean Water Fund held a webinar to find out more about recharge, environmental flows, water rights, and permitting from a panel of experts. First, Stacey Sullivan from Sustainable Conservation talked about Flood MAR; next Sam Boland-Brien from the State Water Resources Control Board talked about the Environmental Flows Workgroup and permitting issues for groundwater recharge; and then Pablo Garza with the Environmental Defense Fund discussed policy issues related to groundwater recharge.
METROPOLITAN BAY-DELTA COMMITTEE: SWP contract amendment for Delta conveyance; Activities of the Delta conveyance JPAs; Delta Smelt Resiliency Strategy
At the September meeting of Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay Delta, Steve Arakawa, Metropolitan’s Bay Delta Initiatives Manager, updated the committee members on the negotiations between the State Water Project contractors and the Department of Water Resources regarding the Delta conveyance project, and the activities of the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority and the Delta Conveyance Finance JPA. Then Dr. Shawn Acuña, a research specialist with Metropolitan, gave an update on the Delta Smelt Resiliency Strategy and other efforts to help the struggling Delta smelt.
CV-SALTS: An overview of the salt and nitrate permitting changes proposed for the Central Valley
The State Water Resources Control Board will hold a public meeting on October 16 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.
In water news this week from around the web …
WEEKEND DAILY DIGEST: San Francisco Bay study gives 20-year window into marine life, climate impacts; Antibiotic resistant genes prevalent in groundwater; Money from manure; Together, Six Farms Connect and Expand Farmland Conservation; ‘Once they’re gone, they’re gone’: the fight to save the giant sequoia; PFAS Cleanup in Limbo Without a Law; The U.S. Navy has a water problem; Want to find a place to live that will be safe from climate change? Good luck; and more … READ IT HERE: Weekend Daily Digest
MONDAY: Ninth Circuit Orders Feds to Reexamine Army Corps’ Harm to Native Fish; Trump administration opens California to new oil drilling; possibly Bay Area, too; Success Dam renamed after Tulare County water official ahead of expansion; California is feuding with Del Mar over ‘planned retreat’ from sea level rise; Trump administration axes federal panels on marine sanctuaries, invasive species; This week in water podcast; and more … READ IT HERE: Monday’s Daily Digest
TUESDAY: California Water Czar Seeks Resource Collaboration, Not Combat; Managing Urban Water During Dry Times: The California Example; A Sustainable Solution For Safer Drinking Water; A wealthy California enclave has some of the purest tap water in the country, and it starts out as sewage; Return of the Blob: Marine Heat Wave Wreaks Havoc in the Pacific; Overheated and Underpaid: A California Climate Change Story; Blunt warning says Californians must step up to meet climate goals; Foretelling Forest Death from Above; and more … READ IT HERE: Tuesday’s Daily Digest
WEDNESDAY: With No El Nino, How Does California’s Winter Shape Up?; Chinook Salmon Flocking to Revitalized San Joaquin River; West Coast Fisheries “Comeback of the Century”; Groundwater Governance Q&A with Anita Milman; Loss of power can hinder firefighters, but it’s a situation they plan for; The Trump Administration Repealed Obama-Era Waters of the U.S. Rule. But Now What?; What the BLM Shake-Up Could Mean for Public Lands and Their Climate Impact; and more … READ IT HERE: Wednesday’s Daily Digest
THURSDAY: When the power goes out, so does the water in some places; Dispute Resolution Processes: Thinking through SGMA Implementation; 1 billion birds en route to California; Newsom signs bill to open Hollister Ranch beaches to the public; UCI-led team to study socioeconomic effects of coastal flooding in California; EPA set to announce new standards for lead in water; A Trillion Dollar Storm Looms For Earth And It’s Not A Hurricane; and more … READ IT HERE: Thursday’s Daily Digest
FRIDAY: Recharging Depleted Aquifers No Easy Task, But It’s Key To California’s Water Supply Future; Of vetoes and vehemence: Governor’s recent veto of SB1 criticized as playing into the hands of an anti-environmental White House; Millions are out of power in California, but were the PG&E shutoffs necessary?; 600 former EPA officials demand investigation into Trump administration over California threats; New E.P.A. Lead Standards Would Slow Replacement of Dangerous Pipes; A floating device created to clean up plastic from the ocean is finally doing its job, organizers say; and more … READ IT HERE: Friday’s Daily Digest
News worth noting this week …
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: Another reach, another refuge: Rio Vista side channel habitat project; WE Watch urges local water providers to opt-out of costly delta conveyance project; U.S. EPA requires safer management of hazardous waste at NAS China Lake
Weekly features …
- RESERVOIR AND WATER CONDITIONS for October 7
- BLOG ROUND-UP: Beware Trumpian claims that fish don’t need water; Twists and turns of 2019 Fall X2; How to read a Groundwater Sustainability Plan; Finally, some exciting news about water in CA; and more …
- SCIENCE NEWS: Otherworldly worms with three sexes discovered in Mono Lake: Valley Fever the Focus of Public Event; Collapse of desert bird populations likely due to heat stress from climate change; and more …
Announcements this week …
- ANNOUNCEMENT: Flood-MAR Public Forum Registration Deadline is October 14
- DELTA eNEWS: ~~ Levee Communities~ ISB Meeting~ Bass Derby~ Grant Workshop~ Science Fellowship ~~
- WATER PLAN eNEWS: ~~ Data Challenge~ Proposals Wanted~ CDFW Grants~ Climate Discussion~ WestFAST News~ CWEMF Meeting ~~ Splash: Climate Change ~~
- FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Reclamation releases funding opportunity to develop innovative and cost-effective desalination technologies
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