WEEKLY CA WATER NEWS DIGEST for October 13 – 18: Dam removal projects, DWR Director Karla Nemeth interview

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DAM REMOVAL: Dammed if you do, dammed if you don’t

San Clemente Dam, Klamath Dams, and Matilija Dam removal spotlighted at ACWA Conference

The time, expense, and regulatory uncertainty of providing viable and effective fish passage have propelled reservoir operators to pursue dam removal in watersheds throughout the state. The Caramel River Reroute and the San Clemente Dam Project is the largest dam removal project ever to occur in California to date.

Next year, the largest dam removal project in U.S. history is set to begin on the Klamath River. As fish populations dwindle and legacy hydroelectric and water supply facilities age, this trend is sure to continue.

The pace of dam removal has been accelerating across the country. Since the 1970s, 1400 dams have been removed, 82 in the last year alone.  California led the nation in dam removals in 2018 with 35 different projects across the state. These aging dams are degraded, full of sediment and they no longer provide the intended flood control, water supply, hydropower and economic benefits, and they almost always block or degrade valuable habitats for threatened and endangered species.

At the spring conference of the Association of California Water Agencies, a panel discussed three dam removal projects: the completed San Clemente Dam removal project, the Klamath Dam removal project set to begin next year, and the Matilija Dam removal project which is still in the planning phases.

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PERSPECTIVES: DWR Director Karla Nemeth on Oroville Dam, the Governor’s water resilience portfolio, Delta conveyance, the Voluntary Agreements, and more …

In late August, California Department of Water Resources (DWR) Director Karla Nemeth graciously set aside some time to talk with us about the Department she leads and its role in confronting California’s water challenges. The wide-ranging interview included background information about the Department and discussion of a significant list of issues she is charged with addressing. Topics included: plans for DWR’s workforce; the response to the Oroville Dam spillway crisis; the Governor’s proposal for a California Water Resilience Portfolio and the administration’s approach to management of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta) — among other things.

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In water news this week from around the web …

WEEKEND DAILY DIGEST: Wildfires Affect Water Resources Long After the Smoke Clears; Radio show: What Is ‘SGMA?’ A Primer On California’s Groundwater Overhaul Law; Small Farmers And SGMA; Agencies release Delta-conveyed water transfer environmental reports; Envisioning and Designing the Floating Future; The salmon cannon podcast; Can Super-Sized Aquarium Bubblers Save Oxygen-Starved Fish In Oregon?; Sacramento: Water company wants Air Force to pay for contamination cleanup; Public’s input sought on state of Salton Sea and proposed fixes; and more … READ IT HERE: Weekend Daily Digest

MONDAY: Increased population strains limits of Chico’s sewer system; Study: Former San Geronimo Golf Course should be wastewater site; A floating plastic island in the San Francisco Bay may offer a new way to protect coasts from floods; The Monsoon Was A Total Letdown For The Southwest; Park Service plan for Colorado River below Glen Canyon to include reward for catching brown trout; Enviros lament ‘lost opportunity’ with lead rule revamp; The week in water podcast; and more … READ IT HERE: Monday’s Daily Digest

TUESDAY: Tests of California water supplies reveal widespread PFAS contamination; State Water Officials To Vote On Valley-Wide Plan To Reduce Nitrate And Salt; Deadly bacteria lingers at California prison 7 months after inmate death, and costs climb; Surplus for New Water Year Will Help Farmers in 2020; Researchers Find Antibiotic Resistant Genes Prevalent In Groundwater Samples In Southern California; New Laws Help Prepare Communities for Wildfire; Blooms of potentially toxic algae have become more intense over the past 30 years thanks to climate change; and more … READ IT HERE: Tuesday’s Daily Digest

WEDNESDAY: As Groundwater Law Plows Forward, Small Farmers Seek More Engagement; New Chevron Crude Spills Emerge in Kern County Oil Field; Forest plans affect grazing, logging, water; Guerrilla Gatherers: California tribes are breaking the law to maintain their traditional ways of life.; The Quiet, Intentional Fires of Northern California; Here’s What We Know About Newsom From The 1,042 Bills Sent His Way; E.P.A. Bypassed Its West Coast Team as a Feud With California Escalated; BLM cites threat to environment as a reason for more border wall in San Diego; New national effort to predict, respond to algae blooms; Wildlife Photographer of the Year winners showcase stunning scenes from nature; and more … READ IT HERE: Wednesday’s Daily Digest

THURSDAY: California Water Board OKs 35-Year Plan to Tackle Farm Pollution; Groundwater Recharge Projects Get Boost Under AB 658; New California Law Creates Path to Water Industry Jobs for Vets; DWR Prepares California Water System for Next ‘Big One’; ‘I’m standing right here in the middle of climate change’: How USDA is failing farmers; State requirements face off with federal law in a recent decision requiring more water from Lake Cachuma for steelhead; Aerial view shows environmental disaster at the Salton Sea; and more … READ IT HERE: Thursday’s Daily Digest

FRIDAY:  California likely to see a dry winter, a federal report warns. But nothing’s certain; New groundwater law will have significant impact on Valley farmers starting in 2020; Groundwater Pumpers Beware: The Public Trust Doctrine is Lurking; California delays its almost-impossible-to-achieve ballast water treatment standard; The pros and cons of introducing non-native fish species; What climate change will do to three major American cities by 2100; and more … READ IT HERE: Friday’s Daily Digest

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