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CA WATER COMMISSION: The 2019 State Water Project Review
Water Code section 165 requires the California Water Commission to conduct an annual review of the construction and operation of the State Water Project (SWP) and to report its findings and recommendations to the Director of the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the State Legislature. At the May meeting of the California Water Commission, Assistant Executive Officer Jennifer Ruffolo presented the draft of the 2019 Annual Review of the Construction and Operation of the State Water Project for the Commission’s consideration and possible approval. Once approved, Commission staff will distribute the review to DWR and the Legislature.
Ms. Ruffolo began by noting that this was the first year the Commission staff worked closely with the State Water Project to develop the report; there were eight presentations by staff throughout the year covering a wide range of issues that set the stage for this report.
ENVIRO DOCS: A look at the Friant Kern Canal Middle Reach Capacity Correction Project
On May 8, the Bureau of Reclamation and Friant Water Authority released a draft environmental impact statement/environmental impact report for the project to repair a 33-mile stretch of the Friant-Kern Canal in the eastern San Joaquin Valley which has been damaged by subsidence. This has reduced capacity of the canal, resulting in a reduction of water deliveries of up to 300,000 acre-feet in certain water years. The Friant Kern Canal Middle Reach Capacity Correction Project would restore capacity from the current estimated 1,600 cfs to the original design capacity of 4,000 cfs.
The release of the documents starts a public comment period that will end at 5 p.m. on June 22. The Bureau of Reclamation and the Friant Water Authority will host an online public meeting on June 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to collect public comments.
NOTICE OF PREPARATION: Delta Plan Ecosystem Amendment
On May 11, the Delta Stewardship Council issued a Notice of Preparation of a Program Environmental Impact Report for the proposed ecosystem amendment to the Chapter 4 of the Delta Plan.
The Delta Reform Act of 2009 defined the coequal goals of providing a more reliable water supply and protecting, restoring and enhancing the Delta ecosystem as overarching state policy; the legislation also specified that the coequal goals shall be achieved in a manner that protects and enhances the Delta as an evolving place. In addition, the Act set a state policy of requiring reduced reliance on the Delta through a statewide strategy of improved regional supplies, conservation, and water use efficiency.
In order to facilitate coordination across multiple entities with responsibilities in the Delta, the Delta Reform Act created the Delta Stewardship Council as an independent state agency and directed it to develop, adopt and implement a Delta Plan that furthers the coequal goals. The first iteration of the Delta Plan was adopted in May of 2013, and since adoption, the Delta Plan has been amended several times. The proposed ecosystem amendment would be the sixth amendment to the Delta Plan.
WEEKEND/HOLIDAY DAILY DIGEST: Judge refuses to divert water for salmon on Klamath River; Orange County water districts consider lawsuit over PFAS contamination; Intense heatwave developing; Raining rice; Microplastics in drinking water; and more … READ IT HERE: Weekend/holiday Daily Digest
TUESDAY: Klamath Basin faces renewed conflict, as drought saps the water and farmers run out of time; Putah Creek Accord turns 20; An Introduction to State Water Project deliveries; and more … READ IT HERE: Tuesday’s Daily Digest
WEDNESDAY: Feds say Tule groundwater could continue to sink; Lean but still green; Controversial effort to address seawalls to be reconsidered; The give and take of enterprise offers hope in wildfire crisis; and more … READ IT HERE: Wednesday’s Daily Digest
THURSDAY: Delta outflow explained; Farmers must diversify in a post-pandemic world; What does CA’s budget crisis mean for water management; Researchers race to understand what drought means for the world’s trees; and more … READ IT HERE: Thursday’s Daily Digest
FRIDAY: Seasonal maps provide snapshot of state groundwater levels; Newsom’s environmental budget cuts escalate tensions with activists; Water utilities ramp up lobbying for relief, broader reforms; EPA science advisers evaluate agency’s coronavirus research agenda; and more … READ IT HERE: Friday’s Daily Digest
- BLOG ROUND-UP: Why farmers are fighting, Voluntary Agreement limericks, Controlling ag pollution, and more …
- SCIENCE NEWS: CRISPR a tool for Delta smelt conservation; Salmon restoration projects; Ohlone tiger beetles find their way home; and more …
- FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Stream Flow Enhancement Program – 2020 Proposal Consultation Opportunity
- FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Public Access Program – 2020 Proposal Solicitation Notice
- FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: DWR Opens 15-Day Public Comment Period for Local Flood Risk Reduction Grants
- NOW IN EFFECT: New State Wetland Definition and Procedures for the Discharges of Dredged or Fill Material to Waters of the State
- NOTICE: 2021 California Sea Grant State Fellowship Program Application Period Open through July 27, 2020
- OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT: Draft Fund Expenditure Plan for the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund
- DELTA eNEWS: ~~ Canceled Events~ Delta Gates~ Community Design~ PEIR Scoping~ Franks Tract~ Discussion Series ~~
- WATER PLAN eNEWS: ~~Tribal Webinar~ Lunch-MAR~ Groundwater Congress~ FMA Conference~ Extreme Precipitation~ AWRA Conference ~~
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