WEEKLY CA WATER NEWS DIGEST for Dec 29 to Jan 3: Update on State Water Project operations: Coordinated Operations Agreement, SWP CESA permit, Yuba-Feather FIRO

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CA WATER COMMISSION: Update on State Water Project operations

Coordinated Operations Agreement addendum, State Water Project incidental take permit, and the Yuba-Feather Forecast-Informed Reservoir Operations program

At the December meeting of the California Water Commission, John Leahigh, DWR’s Water Operations Executive Manager, updated the Commission on the Coordinated Operations Agreement between the State Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project, the recently released draft EIR addressing the State Water Project operations under the California Endangered Species Act, and a research project underway with the Yuba Water Agency and others to use Forecast Informed Reservoir Operations to improve both water supply and flood management on the Yuba and Feather Rivers.

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In water news this week from around the web …

WEEKEND DAILY DIGEST: Los Angeles may store water under an Owens Valley lake drained to fill its faucets; Good numbers of salmon and steelhead return again to Mokelumne River; Dry farming; Scientists explore connection between phosphorus and river water quality; Interior wordsmiths ‘habitat’ with eye on regulatory reach; Science under attack: how Trump is sidelining researchers and their work; Newsom is being played by Big Ag on Delta water, says the San Jose Mercury News; and more … READ IT HERE: Weekend Daily Digest

MONDAY: Young salmon defend themselves against climate change by eating more — but there’s a catch; Women in Water Series: Brenda Burman; Fires and flood cap off a decade of U.S. Disasters; Who should pay for water conservation in the West? Water managers wade into discussion; and a little bit more … READ IT HERE: Monday’s Daily Digest

TUESDAY: Headed to the beach? Look out for monster 30-foot waves, California officials warn; A warning from ancient tree rings: The Americas are prone to catastrophic, simultaneous droughts; How do conifers survive droughts? Study points to existing roots, not new growth; ‘Horrific’ bird losses touch every state, may worsen as temperatures rise; Trump weighs executive order on scientific research; The ocean plastic we see is ‘the tip of the iceberg’. Where’s the other 99%?; and more … READ IT HERE: Tuesday’s Daily Digest

WEDNESDAY: Happy New Year from Maven’s Notebook!

THURSDAY: Moving forward with the CA water portfolio; Zero Delta smelt found in CDFW survey two years in a row; Balancing water supply for all is 2020 priority, CFBF says; DWR prepares Oroville Dam spillway for winter releases; Five environmental fights to watch in 2020; and more … READ IT HERE: Thursday’s Daily Digest

FRIDAY: December storms gave California a promising snowpack; Enough rain? Sufficient snow? Here’s how wet California, and Sacramento, got in 2019; How will California prevent more mega-wildfire disasters?; National water and climate outlook for January 2; 5 Biggest Weather Questions About 2020; Broad-ranging PFAS chemicals bill on House floor next week; Peter Moyle: Fly Fisherman’s 2020 Conservationist of the Year; Weed water war gets a win; Paso Robles approves groundwater sustainability plan; and more … READ IT HERE: Friday’s Daily Digest

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