WEEKLY CA WATER NEWS DIGEST for November 24 through 29: Update on SGMA implementation; DWR’s new Division of Multi-Benefit Projects
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This week’s featured articles …
CA WATER COMMISSION: An update on implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (or SGMA)
DWR’s Taryn Ravazzini updates the Commission on the Department’s activities, including major milestones, 2019 activities, and the Department’s technical and financial assistance
In September of 2014, Governor Brown signed a package of legislation known as the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) which created a framework for local agencies to develop Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) tailored to their regional needs.
To date, SGMA implementation has included local agencies forming groundwater sustainability agencies (GSAs), two rounds of basin boundary modifications and basin prioritizations, and alternative plan reviews. Next, SGMA requires GSAs to prepare GSPs which will result in sustainable management of groundwater basins within 20 years. For basins designated as critically overdrafted, the plans are due by January 31, 2020; other high and medium priority basin plans are due on January 31, 2022.
At the November meeting of the California Water Commission, Taryn Ravazzini, DWR Deputy Director for Statewide Groundwater Management, updated the Commission on DWR’s recent activities and milestones related to SGMA.
CA WATER COMMISSION: Department of Water Resources’ new Division of Multi-Benefit Projects
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has been undergoing reorganization for several reasons, one of those being to create an institutional structure to support landscape level planning and implementation of multi-benefit projects that focuses on the Delta and the Central Valley. Another purpose is to better align planning for flood protection, water management, and habitat projects across state agencies.
At the November meeting of the California Water Commission, Kristopher Tjernell, DWR’s Deputy Director for the Integrated Water Management Program, briefed the Commission on the purpose, structure, and activities of the new Multi-Benefit Initiatives Division.
In water news this week from around the web …
WEEKEND DAILY DIGEST: Trump’s EPA fires new round in water pollution fight with SF; 100-year-old Shasta County dam creating conditions of ‘extreme peril’; UC: Study shows Calif. must value ecosystem services; Ridgecrest: Farmers file claim asking for ‘cooperative approach’; Calif. breaks with feds over water system operations; US officials: Don’t eat romaine grown in Salinas; El Nino swings more violently in the industrial age, compelling hard evidence says; also in commentary: Gov. Newsom’s Delta water plan is merely ‘Trump lite’, San Joaquin should look north to Columbia River, and Sacramento should sue itself; and more … READ IT HERE: Weekend Daily Digest
MONDAY: 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 … READ IT HERE: Monday’s Daily Digest
TUESDAY: ‘Bomb Cyclone,’ extreme winds headed for Southern Oregon-California coast; Lawsuit aims to save desert ag: Draft groundwater sustainability plan would end large-scale agriculture in Indian Wells Valley; Aging Oroville Dam spillway gates draw concern; Cross-border water issues need cross-border solutions; Tale of three regions: Study probes drought-forced change in water policies; The shifting winds of fire management; California Democrats seek EPA watchdog help amid Trump threats; Oysters To Serve As Biological Sensors In San Diego Estuaries; New monitoring program hopes to boost science on Colorado River headwaters; and more … READ IT HERE: Tuesday’s Daily Digest
WEDNESDAY: Weather Service urges Northern California holiday travelers to wait out winter storm; Even with storms bringing rain and snow, California fire season isn’t over; Programs pursue groundwater quality goals; Paiute traditions inform water management practices in once-lush Owens Valley; UC Santa Cruz researchers funded to develop new technology for monitoring toxic algae; When it comes to wildfires, should California be more like Australia?; EPA Clean Water Act interpretation reasonable, court says; Feds clear farmer to plow, then slap him with millions in fines; and more … READ IT HERE: Wednesday’s Daily Digest
FRIDAY: California agriculture in 2050 – where we are headed and why; Farming in the age of climate change; Valley residents sign on to Newsom recall effort; Managing flood water for aquifer recharge: Economic considerations for policy; Delta: Using DNA to map out the food that keep fish alive; The sea wanted to take this California lighthouse. Now, it’s part of a conflict between a town and two tribes; Essay: ‘Brown water for brown people’: Making sense of California’s drinking water crisis; Watch the ‘bomb cyclone’ hit the North Coast; and more … READ IT HERE: Friday’s Daily Digest
News worth noting and other news items this week …
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: San Diego County Water Authority takes actions to advance rate case settlement with MWD; Wildlife Conservation Board funds environmental improvement and acquisition projects; DWR files final application with FERC for relicensing of Devil Canyon Project
- 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
Weekly features …
- BLOG ROUND-UP: Is it drought yet?; Newsom v JFK!; Sustaining wild Salmon and Steelhead above Central Valley dams; We need to talk about environmental projects that fail; Stealing the Rain; and more …
- SCIENCE NEWS: The twilight world of gray foxes; Fish in CA estuaries are evolving as climate change alters their habitat; Coastal fog linked to high levels of mercury found in mountain lions, study finds; In the Sierra, scientists bet on ‘survivor’ trees to withstand drought and climate change; and more…
Announcements this week …
- APPOINTMENTS: Governor Newsom makes several regional water board appointments
- WATER PLAN eNEWS: ~~ Flood-MAR Article~ Environmental Review~ SGC Grants~ Flash Drought~ Data Framework~ Implementation Journal ~~
- DELTA eNEWS: ~~ eDNA Symposium~ Sip & Shop~ Locke Holiday~ GDT Meetings ~~
- NOTICE: Public comment period extended to January 21, 2020 for preliminary public review draft of Delta Plan Chapter 4
- NOTICE: Posting of preliminary modeling information related to potential voluntary agreement for updates/implementation of the Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan
- NOTICE: Comment period extended for Delta soil investigations Initial Study/proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration
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