WEEKLY CA WATER NEWS DIGEST for April 5 through 10: The battle to raise Shasta Dam; Establishing groundwater allocations in Kern County

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This week’s featured articles …

WATER LAW SYMPOSIUM: The battle over the raising of Shasta Dam

Shasta Dam

One of the long-running controversies in California water is the effort to raise Shasta Dam, a dam on the Sacramento River in Northern California which creates a 4.5 MAF reservoir, the largest in California.  The dam provides long-term water storage, flood control, and hydroelectricity, and is a key storage facility for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Central Valley Project.  In the Shasta Lake Water Resources Investigation (SLWRI) final Feasibility Report and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) completed in 2015, the Bureau of Reclamation identified the alternative with the greatest level of benefit as the one that would raise the height of Shasta Dam 18.5-feet, increasing the water storage capabilities of the dam by about 13%.

At the 2020 California Water Law Symposium, a panel discussed the history of the project.  Speaking on the panel was Chief Caleen Sisk with the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, Doug Obegi with the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Darcie Houck who is currently General Counsel with California Energy Commission, but formerly represented the Winnemem Wintu Tribe when she was in private practice.

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ERIC AVERETT: Water allocation strategies in the context of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

Eric Averett is General Manager with the Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District, which is one of several water districts within Kern County.  Kern County is the largest basin in the state, is designated as critically overdrafted, and is arguably one of the most complex with respect to the number of water interests that are involved.  In addition, they have had to deal with approximately 500,000 acres of undistricted or ‘white land’ areas.  In this presentation from the Western Groundwater Congress, Mr. Averett discusses how his district and Kern County have been grappling with how to establish groundwater pumping allocations.

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In water news this week from around the web …

WEEKEND DAILY DIGEST: New state water regulations cause angst on all sides; One-two punch of wintry storms to soak CA through early week; George Miller on what Gov. Gavin Newsom needs to do to protect state’s water future; and more … READ IT HERE: Weekend Daily Digest

MONDAY: Potent storm bringing heavy mountain snow, flood risk to CA; Report: 40 years of CA water policy: What worked, what didn’t and lessons for the future; New method to improve water demand management; Elevation maps reveal world rivers; and more … READ IT HERE: Monday’s Daily Digest

TUESDAY: What’s the plan to end groundwater overdraft in the San Joaquin Valley?; CA might ban sportfishing in some areas to prevent coronavirus spread; Rain, mountain snow to continue through Thursday; NASA snow report; and more … READ IT HERE: Tuesday’s Daily Digest

WEDNESDAY: Judge urged to close gates on federal water grab in the Delta; Newsom accomplishes rare feat: a water plan no one likes; Dozens of ag groups ask for regulatory pause during pandemic; and more … READ IT HERE: Wednesday’s Daily Digest

THURSDAY: Column: From the pumps to courtrooms, Trump’s water boost is making waves; McCarthy letter criticizes state decision; Illustrating the power of collaboration to restore salmon runs; Managing PFAS in environmental due diligence; and more … READ IT HERE: Thursday’s Daily Digest

FRIDAY: 40 atmospheric rivers have hit West Coast since October, but CA had just 1; CA greenlights massive Klamath River dam removal; State telemeeting about fishing ban erupts into chaos; Delta island sells for $83,000; and more …  READ IT HERE: Friday’s Daily Digest

Other news items this week …

LETTER: Republican Congressmen send letter to Newsom requesting he withdraw ITP, lawsuit against federal biops

THIS JUST IN … State Water Board Issues Key Documents That Further Efforts to Remove Klamath River Dams

Weekly features …

UPCOMING WEBINARS: California water goes online …

BLOG ROUND-UP: The lawlessness of the Trump Admin hits #CaWater; Backfire! Newsom hoped the state contractors and Met would side with him but they didn’t; Delta Smelt recovery strategies update; Day Zero for the Colorado River; and more …

SCIENCE NEWS: Big Chico Creek: Revisited; West Coast salmon fishing and Southern Residents; How do you study microfibers? Get creative; and more …

Other publications …

PEOPLE & PLANET: Investigating COVID-19, Extreme Events; Equitable Ocean; Driving Conservation; more …

FAMILY FARM ALLIANCE: The 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic: Implications for Western Irrigated Agriculture

Announcements this week …

WATER SUPPLY INDEX for April 1, 2020

REVISED NOTICE: Economic feasibility analysis in consideration of a hexavalent chromium MCL

NOW AVAILABLE: Social Science Strategy for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

WATER PLAN eNEWS: ~~ IRWM Projects~ Water Plumbing~ Computer Code~ Stormwater Capture~ EnviroAtlas webinar~ Wetland Easements ~~

DELTA eNEWS: ~~ Canceled Meeting~ Canceled Facilities~ Science Funding~ Floating Vegetation~ Submersed Vegetation~ DSC Appointment ~~

NOTICE: Reclamation announces start of 2020 spring flow releases on the Trinity River as part of restoration program


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