WEEKLY CA WATER NEWS DIGEST for March 22 through 27: Ecosystem-based managemen; Depletion of interconnected surface waters: Not that simple

A list of posts published on Maven’s Notebook this week …

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This week’s featured articles …

ECOSYSTEM-BASED MANAGEMENT: A new paradigm for managing California’s freshwater ecosystems

Californians rely on the state’s myriad of rivers and streams for things such as water supply, hydropower, recreation, fisheries, biodiversity, and more. These ecosystems and the benefits they provide are part of the state’s natural infrastructure.  But these ecosystems are changing in undesirable ways in response to water and land use, pollution, non-native species, and a changing climate, and numerous species are now protected by state and federal endangered species acts with many times more species likely to need protection in future.  To maintain the benefits that Californians derive from their freshwater ecosystems—and arrest the decline of native biodiversity—the authors of a new report by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) say a new approach is needed, one that is based on the principles and practices of ecosystem-based management.

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WESTERN GROUNDWATER CONGRESS: Depletion of interconnected surface waters: Not that simple

Sierra Ryan is a water resources planner with the County of Santa Cruz.  In this presentation from the Groundwater Resources Association‘s 2019 Western Groundwater Congress, Ms. Ryan tells the story of how the Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Agency balanced the various perspectives, authorities, and interpretations of the DWR regulations in writing the portion of their Groundwater Sustainability Plan that pertained to the depletion of interconnected surface water (sustainability indicator or undesirable result #6).

I promise you that it was not as simple as we thought it was to begin with, so for those of you in the medium and high priority basins that have the 2022 deadlines, I hope you’re thinking about this now,” Ms. Ryan advised.

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In water news this week from around the web …

WEEKEND DAILY DIGEST: Active pattern to bring rain and snow to the West into the week ahead; Garamendi urges DWR to consider western route for delta conveyance; CDFW’s salmon evacuation decision pays exceptional dividends; and more … READ IT HERE: Weekend Daily Digest

MONDAY: PG&E pleads guilty to criminal charges in fatal 2018 Camp Fire in Butte County; Can Long Beach achieve climate resiliency as sea levels rise?; 11 rivers facing a danger of drying up in America; and more … READ IT HERE: Monday’s Daily Digest

TUESDAY: Relentless storms continue to soak CA with rain, snow; Worker at San Jose wastewater plant tests positive for COVID-19; Kids at home? DWR provides free, fun water education materials; Reclamation streamlines process for transferring facilities to local water users; and more … READ IT HERE: Tuesday’s Daily Digest

WEDNESDAY: Nation’s biggest water supplier isolating staff over virus; Family’s 18-year fight with Butte County over water rights tossed; Tulare County Supervisors oppose state over surface water; New Klamath TMDLs: An impossible standard?; and more … READ IT HERE: Wednesday’s Daily Digest

THURSDAY: NorCal early April precipitation is expected to be below normal; San Joaquin Valley water district sues to stop salty water exchange; Reclamation, DWR to perform exploratory work near B.F. Sisk Dam; Water utilities’ biggest coronavirus concern is staffing; and more … READ IT HERE: Thursday’s Daily Digest

FRIDAY: Dry winter plunges much of CA into drought; Five things for CA water agencies to know about COVID-19; Good fire on the Klamath; Delta Council approves $1M in science funding and path forward for Delta levees; National Water and climate update; and more … READ IT HERE: Friday’s Daily Digest

Weekly features …

BLOG ROUND-UP: How many Delta smelt remain?; Environmental flows; Delta tunnel engineering moves forward; Lawsuit forces reckoning on groundwater authorities; Water management as farming practice; and more …

SCIENCE NEWS: Building upon 50 years of interagency ecological science in the Bay-Delta; Conserving freshwater biodiversity in the Anthropocene; Witness trees tell how ecosystems of Silicon Valley have changed; Understanding ocean changes and climate just got harder; and more …

Other publications …

WATER WRIGHTS, March 13-26: Madera ID, Westlands Grower Meeting, Buena Vista WSD

WATER INNOVATIONS: Driving towards resource recovery and resiliency

Funding opportunities this week …

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Deadline Extended for 2020 Fisheries Habitat Restoration Solicitation

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Updated Lower American River Conservancy Program 2020 PSN Consultation Opportunity

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: EPA Seeking to Fund Innovative Solutions for Preventing Pollution

Announcements this week …

SAN JOAQUIN RIVER RESTORATION PGM: Updated allocation

NOTICE: Upcoming 2019 Water Use Reporting Deadline

DELTA eNEWS: ~~ DWR Operations~ SFE Magazine~ Conservancy Meeting~ DSC Meeting~ DPC Note ~~

WATER PLAN eNEWS: ~~Handbook Extension~ Groundwater Survey~ Groundwater Report~ Watershed Funding~ AWE Webinar~ Estuary Magazine ~~

YOUR INPUT WANTED: Groundwater resilience survey

DWR’S SGMO NEWS: DWR operations continue; SGMA data viewer updated with subsidence information; GSP public comment period extended; Update on annual report submittals; and more …

NOTICE: Compliance with Water Board Requirements During the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Emergency

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