DAILY DIGEST: Possible ‘bombogenesis’ storm to bring snow, rain and strong winds to CA; A study compares how water is managed in Spain, California and Australia; Reefer sadness: How is cannabis growth impacting climate?; and more …

In California water news today, Possible bombogenesis storm to bring snow, rain, and high winds to California; A study compares how water is managed in Spain, California and Australia; Reefer sadness: How is cannabis growth impacting climate?; and more …

On the calendar today …

  • WEBINAR: California-Nevada Drought Outlook from 11am to 12pm.  The California-Nevada Drought Early Warning System (CA-NV DEWS) November 2019 Drought & Climate Outlook Webinar is part of a series of regular drought and climate outlook webinars designed to provide stakeholders and other interested parties in the region with timely information on current drought status and impacts, as well as a preview of current and developing climatic events (i.e. El Niño and La Niña).  Click here to register.

In the news today …

Possible bombogenesis storm to bring snow to California:  “Snow, rain and strong winds will make travel conditions difficult in parts of the West this week from an expansive storm that will slowly move toward the central United States into this weekend.  The intensifying storm is located in the northeastern Pacific Ocean and will move into Oregon and Northern California on Tuesday. This storm will likely undergo bombogenesis before it moves inland. This means its pressure will drop at least 24 millibars within 24 hours, making it an intense storm when it strikes. … ”  Read more from The Weather Channel here: Expansive storm will bring snow, rain and strong winds from west to central U.S. Into next weekend

A study compares how water is managed in Spain, California and Australia:  “Turning on the faucet and having water come out has become such a common daily occurrence that nobody stops to think about it. In times of abundance, everything goes smoothly. However, when rain is scarce or almost inexistent and reservoir capacity diminishes considerably, that is when alarm bells are set off and governments scramble trying to find a solution. As they say, you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. … ”  Read more from EurkeAlert here: A study compares how water is managed in Spain, California and Australia

Reefer sadness: How is cannabis growth impacting climate?  “Cannabis cultivation as an industry is taking off from Lesotho to Latin America, and that’s raised questions about the sector’s impact on land deforestation, pesticide use and related concerns in an era of climate crisis.  As soothing (or lucrative) as the thought of legal marijuana growth may be for some, a new study from scientists in Canada and the United States looks at how cultivation impacts water resources. They focused on a specific area of northern California to fill the gaps in what researchers know about cultivation benefits and harms, with the work published in the journal Environmental Research Communications. … ”  Read more from Sustainability Times here:  Reefer sadness: How is cannabis growth impacting climate?

Chico: Delay of water feasibility study disappointing, says George Barber:  He writes, “Over the last few weeks, there’s been a lot hand-wringing over a proposal to study whether it would be physically possible and feasible to pipe clean, treated water from Paradise to Chico. It is important that everyone in Chico, Paradise, and Butte County have the facts.  You might ask why anyone would want to study whether water could be piped from Paradise to Chico. It’s actually pretty simple. … ”  Read more from the Chico Enterprise-Record here: Chico: Delay of water feasibility study disappointing, says George Barber

Foster City levee rehabilitation project wins key regulatory approval:  “Planned levee rehabilitation and improvement in Foster City made a major advance Thursday when the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission unanimously approved a permit for the project.  Approval by the 19-member commission came after months of discussions between the city and BCDC leading to last week’s public hearing. … ”  Read more from Fox News here: Foster City levee rehabilitation project wins key regulatory approval

City of San Diego may release water from Hodges Reservoir in coming months:  “The City of San Diego may release water from Hodges Reservoir into San Dieguito River in the coming months if rain events raise the water level above the permitted level.  For safety reasons, the California Division of Safety of Dams has determined that the water level at Hodges Reservoir should not be above 295 feet, which is 20 feet below spillway elevation, or the top of the dam. … ”  Read more from the Clairemont Times here: City of San Diego may release water from Hodges Reservoir in coming months

In commentary today …

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s muddy water policy, says the San Francisco Chronicle:  They write, “The governor was for the water grab before he was against it.  Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced his intention to launch the latest of dozens of legal battles between California and the Trump administration over a plan to boost water deliveries to Central Valley farmers, promising a lawsuit challenging further depletion of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and the vulnerable wildlife that depends on it. … ”  Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle here: Gov. Gavin Newsom’s muddy water policy

More news and commentary in the weekend edition …

DAILY DIGEST, weekend edition: Trump’s EPA fires new round in water pollution fight with SF; 100-yr-old Shasta County dam creating conditions of ‘extreme peril’; UC: Study shows CA must value ecosystem services; Ridgecrest farmers file claim asking for ‘cooperative approach’; and more …

Precipitation watch …

Also on Maven’s Notebook today …

APPOINTMENTS: Governor Newsom makes several regional water board appointments

NEW REPORTS: Innovation in action: 21st century water infrastructure solutions; Funding a future for water in the San Joaquin Valley; Water Smart housing development; Closing the water access gap in the United States

NOTICE: Posting of preliminary modeling information related to potential voluntary agreement for updates/implementation of the Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan

OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT: Now available online: preliminary public review draft for Delta Plan Chapter 4

NOTICE: Comment period extended for Delta soil investigations Initial Study/proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration

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