WEEKLY DIGEST for November 10 through 15: USFWS Regional Director on the BiOps; Living shorelines in the SF Bay
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This week’s featured articles …
METROPOLITAN WATER PLANNING & STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE: USFWS Regional Director Paul Souza explains the biological opinions
Paul Souza is the Regional Director of the Pacific Southwest division of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, which covers California, Nevada, and the part of Oregon that includes the Klamath Basin. At the November meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Water Planning and Stewardship Committee, Mr. Souza gave a presentation on the recently released biological opinions for the long-term operations of the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project.
LIVING SHORELINES: Linking estuary habitats and building capacity to adapt to rising seas
A living shoreline is a shoreline protection alternative that relies on the strategic placement of plants, stone, sand fill, and other structural and organic materials to protect the shoreline. A living shoreline is an alternative to ‘hard’ shoreline stabilization methods like rip rap or seawalls, and can provide numerous benefits such as nutrient pollution remediation, habitat, and buffering of shorelines from storm erosion and sea level rise. Living shorelines can include any shoreline management system that is designed to protect or restore natural shoreline ecosystems through the use of natural elements and, if appropriate, man-made elements.
At the 2019 State of the Estuary conference, Marilyn Latta from the Coastal Consevancy and Katharyn Boyer from San Francisco State University gave a presentation on living shoreline projects in the San Francisco Bay.
In water news this week from around the web …
WEEKEND DAILY DIGEST: Bernhardt suggests Westlands for major contract; Westlands steps back from Shasta expansion. Environmentalists still worry; How to start adapting to California’s “precipitation whiplash”; California’s working landscape generates $333 billion in sales, 1.5 million jobs; Warming climate, population sprawl threaten California’s future with more destructive wildfires; Dust kicked up from the West’s drying lakes is a looming health hazard; Federal oil lease auctions may soon resume after BLM finds minimal fracking risks in California; Huge gaps in research on microplastics in North America, PSU study finds; and more … READ IT HERE: Weekend Daily Digest
MONDAY: Feds set to lock in huge water contract for well-connected Westlands Water District; 2 years after spillway crumbled, lessons learned at Oroville Dam; SCOTUS Argument analysis: Context trumps text as justices debate reach of Clean Water Act; EPA seeks to speed up environmental dispute process; Reuse ramps up; The week in water podcast; and more … READ IT HERE: Monday’s Daily Digest
TUESDAY: Illegal pot operations in public forests are poisoning wildlife and water; California has six of the nation’s 1,680 high-hazard dams deemed in risky condition; New law requires California dams to have emergency plans — but do they?; The dam nobody wants just won’t go away; Farmageddon in California: Why J.G. Boswell is set to benefit from California’s ‘catastrophic’ water law; The West’s water shortage is fueled by human error; EPA, Bureau of Reclamation advance cooperation on water supply, reuse funding; Are numbers of species a true measure of ecosystem health?; and more … READ IT HERE: Tuesday’s Daily Digest
WEDNESDAY: Groundwater: Deadline nears for completion of local plans; SGMA: State Board to introduce streamlined permitting process for groundwater recharge; The lack of rain is on the minds of growers throughout California; Drilling boom adds stress to U.S. western water supplies: report; EPA targets water quality reviews that stifle energy infrastructure; Toxic algal blooms are worsening with climate change; How do we know when a species at risk has recovered? It’s not just a matter of numbers; and more … READ IT HERE: Wednesday’s Daily Digest
THURSDAY: Researchers probe the toxic soup from wildfire; Public-funded Oroville Dam advertising called ‘propaganda.’ Here’s how much it cost; Addressing inequality in flood risk; California Coastkeeper Alliance releases climate change plan for coastal areas; Climate whiplash: wild swings in extreme weather are on the rise; Potter Valley Project water coalition makes strides toward two-basin solution; Feel like the S.F. Bay used to be bluer? You’re not imagining it; New analysis spells out serious legal risk to Colorado River water users; and more … READ IT HERE: Thursday’s Daily Digest
FRIDAY: Shaping plans for single Delta tunnel; 81% of California abnormally dry as seasonal rains fail to materialize; ACWA releases fact sheet on investing in water resilience; Court tosses farmers’ takings claim in Klamath battle; Bigger doesn’t mean better for hatchery-released salmon; Deep sea octopus gardens intrigue scientists; The water is cleaner but the politics are messier: A look back at the Clean Water Act movement after 50 years; and more … READ IT HERE: Friday’s Daily Digest
News worth noting this week …
- NEWS WORTH NOTING, weekend interesting stuff edition: Feds rule American River hydroproject does not need CA water quality certification; AG Becerra secures settlement against Westlands for Shasta Dam project; Orange County breaks ground on project to recycle 100% of wastewater
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: State Water Board streamlines permitting process for diversions of floodwaters to underground storage; CVPIA completes Rio Vista Side Channel Fish Habitat Project; Reclamation awards funding to two CA projects to develop water marketing strategies
Weekly features …
- BLOG ROUND-UP: Trump’s Bay-Delta biops are a plan for extinction; Some more water management truisms; Settlements constrain efforts to enlarge Shasta Dam; Providing ‘overdraft’ protection for groundwater in the Pajaro Valley; Building climate resilience through insurance; and more …
- SCIENCE NEWS: Can the long-lost abalone make a comeback in California; How to start adapting to CA’s “Precipitation Whiplash”; The vulnerability of salmon populations to climate change; When turkeys attack; and more…
Announcements this week …
- DELTA eNEWS: ~~ Duck Scoping~ Bird Brunching~ WY2019 Update~ DSC Meeting~ DPC Meeting ~~
- WATER PLAN eNEWS: ~~Working Landscapes ~Water Workgroup~ Flood Webinar~ Ecosystem Symposium~ Funding Rules~ Splash ~~
- WORKSHOP SCHEDULED to inform development of implementation guidance for new wetland regs
- UPDATED FAQ: CDFW Propositions 1 & 68 grant programs
- FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Reclamation announces Fiscal Year 2020 grant funding opportunity for drought planning
- NAPA/SONOMA COUNTY: Upcoming meetings to help farmers successfully comply with the general permit
- OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT: Reclamation extends the public comment period for the released draft repayment contract for Westlands Water District
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