WEEKLY CA WATER NEWS DIGEST for October 27 through November 1: Navigating CA’s new regulations for wetlands and state waters; Decision scaling: A risk management approach in Delta water supply vulnerability

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

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This week’s featured articles …

Navigating California’s new regulations for wetlands and state waters

The Freeman Diversion Facility diverts Santa Clara River flow to enhance recharge of local groundwater supplies.  Photo by DWR.

California regulations protecting wetlands and state waters were approved by the State Water Resources Control Board and will take effect on May 28, 2020. These new rules create a more expansive and complex permitting scheme for developers, public agencies and others with projects that may impact waters and wetlands.

In this Best Best & Krieger LLP webinar, Environment Law & Natural Resources Partners Andre Monette and Lowry Crook discussed key components of these new regulations and strategies for navigating them to move projects forward.

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DECISION SCALING: A risk management approach in Delta water supply vulnerability

Roaring River levees overtop at Grizzly Island in Solano County in January of 2017.  Photo by DWR.

Planning for future conditions has always involved uncertainty, but the additional uncertainty imposed by a changing climate means new approaches are needed for exploring system vulnerabilities and potential adaptation responses. At the 2019 State of the Estuary conference, Andrew Schwarz, Supervising Engineer for the Delta Stewardship Council, gave this presentation describing a relatively new approach to handling uncertainty in climate change impact assessments and how it can inform water resources management.

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In water news this week from around the web …

WEEKEND DAILY DIGEST: Santa Barbara Water Agencies Say No to State Water Tunnel Project; Trump plan could bring growers more water. But will it harm California’s rare salmon?; Farmland owners look to solar as groundwater restrictions loom; Radio show: How Climate Change Affects The Earth’s Most Massive Trees; New data show severity of water contamination in poor neighborhoods; Interior removes controversial proposed change from final FOIA rule; and more … READ IT HERE: Weekend Daily Digest

MONDAY: Drones, Algae and Fish Ears: What We’re Learning Before the World’s Largest Dam-removal Project — and What We Could Miss; Winter floods are coming: Here’s how to ‘Be Flood Ready’; Your Vape Litter Is Becoming an Environmental Disaster; Appropriations: Decisive week for spending bills as impeachment looms; The Week in Water Podcast; and more … READ IT HERE: Monday’s Daily Digest

TUESDAY: Agencies dismiss concerns about Trump’s Calif. water plan; The fight to stop Nestlé from taking America’s water to sell in plastic bottles; California’s getting scorched again. Here’s how these fires compare to previous years; Jerry Brown to testify to Congress, rebutting Trump’s criticism of California; Can Climate Affect Earthquakes, Or Are the Connections Shaky?; Be Prepared: Planning for Risk Assessment and Emergency Response Requirements Under America’s Water Infrastructure Act; See Where Your Food Comes From on This Map; and more … READ IT HERE: Tuesday’s Daily Digest

WEDNESDAY: Disadvantaged communities claim a stake in state groundwater overhaul; Scripps Institution of Oceanography gets $4.9M grant to find cause of deadly algae blooms; Q&A with Sean Maguire: Taking on tough challenges at the State Water Board; Fishery plans aim to add flexibility to water system; Study raises concern about e-cigarette waste; How lithium could be Calif.’s next ‘gold rush’; What western states can learn from Native American wildfire management strategies; Environmental prosecutions drop to lowest level in decades; Justice department ponders nixing environmental settlements tool; New technologies pull water out of thin air; and more … READ IT HERE: Wednesday’s Daily Digest

THURSDAY: Water yield from forest thinning depends on how, where and how much; There’s a new way for investors to turn a profit while helping California prevent fires; Delta group critical of federal move to change water priorities; Conservationists sue to block federal oil and gas leases in California; Is your district’s website ready for January 1, 2020?; First-of-a-kind U.S. grid cyberattack hit wind, solar; Sea level rise: The dead can’t escape climate change; Clean Water Act: 2015 jurisdiction rule repeal set to take effect Dec. 23; Keeping a weather eye on earth’s climate instabilities; and more … READ IT HERE: Thursday’s Daily Digest

FRIDAY: No heat, no light? Not so bad. No water? Much worse; For California well owners, clean water is hard to get as state, local hurdles remain; Prop 65 was meant to protect residents from toxic water. How did warning stickers end up on everything?; DMV-approved stamp available for customer water bills; Feds push to open 1 million acres to fracking in California; Jerry Brown implores Washington to act on climate: ‘California’s burning’; In Napa Valley, winemakers fight climate change on all fronts; Inyo County: LA DWP may sell land now used for discharge; Utilities are shutting down power amid fire danger, but the DWP keeps the lights on. Should it?; San Diego creates state’s first water, sewer ‘capacity bank’ to boost biotech, breweries; and more … READ IT HERE: Friday’s Daily Digest

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