WEEKLY CA WATER NEWS DIGEST for December 8 – 13
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This week’s featured articles …
DR. MICHAEL KIPARSKY: Can Recharge Net Metering contribute to sustainable groundwater management?
Dr. Michael Kiparsky is the founding director of the Wheeler Water Institute within the Center for Law, Energy, and Environment at the UC Berkeley School of Law and has worked at the intersection of the technical and policy aspects of water resources management for 15 years. In this presentation from GRA’s 2019 Western Groundwater Congress, Dr. Kiparsky discussed a pilot project in the Pajaro Valley that is designed to incentivize private landowners to do groundwater recharge.
STATE OF THE ESTUARY: CA’s Safer Consumer Products Program: Overview and efforts to protect aquatic health
In 2013, the Department of Toxic Substances Control’s Safer Consumer Products regulations outlined a framework for the Department to regulate product-chemical combinations that require manufacturers to evaluate alternatives. The program selects products based on the potential for exposure to a chemical in the product to contribute to adverse impacts to human health or the environment. The Safer Consumer Products program is unique, capable of regulating any product, except for drugs or pesticides.
At the 2019 State of the Estuary conference, Dr. Anne-Cooper Doherty from Department of Toxic Substances Control gave an overview of the Safer Consumer Products program, an update on the work that’s been done to date, and how folks can get involved.
In water news this week from around the web …
WEEKEND DAILY DIGEST: ‘It would mean total annihilation’ – some farmers sell off fields ahead of groundwater law; Friant-Kern Canal is getting a lot of bipartisan love – but no money so far; Pattern change to bring drier trend to most of California through mid-December; Has recent rain made a dent in the California drought?; Water management grows farm profits; Why our intuition about sea-level rise is wrong; Addressing quality, affordability, and climate change issues in US water policy; Trump takes aim at trickle-down toilets, faucets; and more … READ IT HERE: Weekend Daily Digest
MONDAY: Groundwater: A firehose of paperwork is pointed at state water officials; Amid the wasteland of the Salton Sea, a miraculous but challenging oasis is born; CA Fish and Game Commission will discuss Delta fishery management plan on December 11; State of the Estuary: Speakers discuss issues facing Estuary wildlife and their wetland habitats, as well as drones and other new tools that will help future management; State of the Estuary: Speakers talk about emerging water quality issues such as stormwater management, contaminants in effluent, wastewater in Suisun Marsh, and nutrients discharged into the Bay; Fires, floods and free parking: California’s unending fight against climate change; How PFAS negotiations fell apart; and more … READ IT HERE: Monday’s Daily Digest
TUESDAY: State says damaged Shasta County dam not an emergency; Voluntary agreements remain viable for California water; California threats jump from fires to floods as wet season hits; Seismic upgrades move forward at B.F. Sisk Dam; Why Calif. will let rising seas ‘knock out’ this building; Record-setting 75-foot-tall wave recorded off California coast; Trump orders toilet rule review over low-flow flushing; and more … READ IT HERE: Tuesday’s Daily Digest
WEDNESDAY: Can salmon eat their way out of climate change?; California officials urged to move faster on sea-level rise; Precipitation above normal in Southern California and adding up in the north; Can Calif.’s smart grid double as wildfire defense?; Water cutbacks set to begin under deal designed to ‘buy down risk’ on Colorado River; Found water: reuse and the deconstruction of “wastewater”; America’s dams are aging. Is it time to take them down?; 2019 closes with thousands of 10-inch pulsing “penis fish” stranded on a California beach; and more … READ IT HERE: Wednesday’s Daily Digest
THURSDAY: A year later, ‘water grab’ plan settlements still stuck; New storm to spread snow, ice, rain coast to coast; Tech provides beacon of hope for the future of ag; Scientists from UC campuses study floods, flood socioeconomics; Powerful patrons duel over California projects in final spending package; Monterey County to form groundwater agency for CEMEX site; Poway water crisis turning into political football; USMCA trade deal includes $300M for cross-border pollution; and more … READ IT HERE: Thursday’s Daily Digest
FRIDAY: Salmon lose diversity in managed rivers, reducing resilience to environmental change; Trump administration OKs leasing for new oil drilling in California — again; Launch Thursday focused on epic storm, flood control; Most of California — including all of SoCal — is drought free after series of storms, officials say; Sustainable sand pulls pollutants from stormwater; CA fire prevention efforts undercut by property owners refusing to let crews work on their property; Could abandoned agricultural lands help save the planet?; and more … READ IT HERE: Friday’s Daily Digest
In publications this week …
- SAN FRANCISCO ESTUARY & WATERSHED SCIENCE: 16 years of SFEWS, Monitoring contaminants in the Delta, Modeling South Delta entrainment, and more …
- ESTUARY NEWS: Coverage of State of the Estuary conference: Water, environment, climate, equity
News worth noting this week …
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: New advisory group selected to help focus Safe and affordable drinking water funding efforts; CDFW awards $10.1 million for fisheries habitat restoration and forest legacy projects, $11.35 million for greenhouse gas reduction grant projects
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: LAO Report: Preparing for rising seas: How the state can help support local coastal adaptation efforts; CDFW awards $11.35 million for greenhouse gas reduction grant projects; Metropolitan to help fund San Diego’s Pure Water recycling facility
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: How Bay Area water agencies delivered reliable water service during power shutoffs; DWR awards $24.2 million for desalination projects; IID seeks resolution over mitigation water delivered to Salton Sea in 2010
Weekly features …
- BLOG ROUND-UP: Draining the last great aquifer: a group project; Toward a more resilient Delta for all; Frozen II: a water engineering and policy analysis; Hook, line & sinker!; Jobs per drop irrigating California crops; Freshwater ecosystem budgets; and more …
- SCIENCE NEWS: Can salmon eat their way out of climate change?; Integrated approach for managing aquatic invasive species in CA; River management on a changing planet; How snacking suckers engineer an ecosystem; and more…
Announcements this week …
- DELTA eNEWS: ~~ Sacramento Marketplace~ Tree Lighting~ Sturgeon Derby~ Winery Weekend~ Estuary News~ DSC Meeting~ DSC Blog~~
- FUNDING WEBINAR: EPA Grants Award Process Webinar
- WATER SUPPLY INDEX for December 1, 2019
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