WEEKLY CA WATER NEWS DIGEST for June 28-July 3: The state of California’s environment; Engaging diverse communities around water, climate, and the environment; Delta Watermaster report

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Friends of the River co-founder Mark Dubois and current Executive Director Eric Wesselman discuss the protections for California rivers and why they are optimistic for the future

April 22 is Earth Day, which marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement that began in 1970 and would soon evolve to provide a voice to the world’s emerging environmental consciousness and elevate environmental concerns in the public dialog.  2020 marked fifty years since the first Earth Day, and to commemorate the occasion, a webinar hosted by the California Lawyers Association brought together long-time environmentalist and co-founder of Friends of the River Mark Dubois with the current organization’s current Executive Director Eric Wesselman to reflect on progress over the past 50 years, look at the laws that protect our rivers and speak of their optimism for the future.

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Sea Grant is a federal and state partnership between NOAA and 34 university-based programs in every coastal and Great Lakes state, including Puerto Rico and Guam. For over 50 years, Sea Grant has supported coastal communities through research, extension, and education programming.

This seminar is part of the selection process for a California Sea Grant Extension Specialist that will be hired jointly with the Delta Stewardship Council. Sea Grant Extension Specialists are housed throughout the state and work with coastal communities to identify and collaboratively address pressing issues associated with the use and protection of California’s coastal and marine environments. The position with the Delta Stewardship Council will provide leadership in advancing collaborative partnerships and initiatives and in catalyzing and implementing social science research to inform management of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta region of California.

The candidate for this seminar is Dr. Joshua Cousins, who earned his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in 2016 where he studied water resources and stormwater governance in Chicago and Los Angeles. He went on to complete an ecology, evolution, ecosystems, and society postdoc at Dartmouth College in 2018. Since he has been an assistant professor at the college of environmental science and forestry and the state university of New York. His research lies at the nexus of science, technology, and society to shape environmental policy and decision making, including impacts to climate change on natural resource management. His seminar today is titled, Engaging Diverse Communities around Water, Climate, and the Environment.

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At the June meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, Delta Watermaster Michael George gave his quarterly update where he discussed the pandemic response, ongoing litigation in the Delta, the work being done to implement SB-88, and other issues.

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In water news this week from around the web …

WEEKEND DAILY DIGEST: Federal district court denies preliminary injunction as to Shasta Dam operations; Strong winds and low humidity will bring critical wildfire danger; CA lawmakers finish work closing $54B deficit; and more … READ IT HERE: Weekend Daily Digest

MONDAY: House to bring up infrastructure bill this week; Moving Forward Act provides funding for Central Valley water, Friant-Kern Canal; Incorporating multiple benefits into water projects: A guide for water managers; and more … READ IT HERE: Monday’s Daily Digest

TUESDAY: Bill to help Central Valley water needs ‘Moves Forward’; Governor Newsom signs 2020 Budget Act; Commentary: California needs to set new objectives and protections for the Delta; and more … READ IT HERE: Tuesday’s Daily Digest

WEDNESDAY: Temperance Flat Dam on indefinite hold; Pandemic, water costs, consumer behavior lead to $2B in ag losses thus far; Budget includes funds for Salton Sea, Paradise Irrigation District; Report: Healthy rivers key to nation’s economic recovery; and more … READ IT HERE: Wednesday’s Daily Digest

THURSDAY: House approves massive infrastructure package; Climate crisis action plan recognizes value of agriculture; July 2020 climate outlook has no good news for the U.S. Southwest; and more … READ IT HERE: Thursday’s Daily Digest

FRIDAYHappy Fourth of July!

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