WEEKLY CA WATER NEWS DIGEST for Aug 31-Sept 4: Eco Restore program makes big habitat gains; AB 1668/SB 606 implementation update

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This week’s featured articles …

ECO RESTORE UPDATE: Five years in, program makes big gains on Delta habitat restoration

California EcoRestore is an initiative started in 2015 under the Brown Administration with the ambitious goal of advancing at least 30,000 acres of critical habitat restoration in the Delta and Suisun Marsh by 2020.  The project includes a broad range of habitat restoration projects, including aquatic, sub-tidal, tidal, riparian, flood plain, and upland ecosystem.

At the August meeting of the Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Bill Harrell, gave an update on the Eco Restore program and the progress that has been made over the past five years.

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DELTA COUNCIL: Progress report on implementing AB 1668 and SB 606: Making conservation a California way of life

In 2018, the legislature passed AB 1668 and SB 606, which establish guidelines and standards for urban and agricultural water use efficiency and conservation and a framework to implement those standards and provide oversight.  The primary goals of the legislation are to use water more wisely, eliminate water waste, strengthen local drought resilience, and improve agricultural water use efficiency and drought planning.  To implement the legislation, DWR and the Water Board are working together to develop a framework of new standards for indoor and outdoor residential water use; commercial, industrial, and institutional (CII) water use for landscape irrigation with dedicated meters; and water loss from distribution systems.

At the August meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, council members received an update on the State Water Board’s ongoing efforts to implement the legislation from Charlotte Ely, a Supervising Senior Environmental Scientist at the Water Board, who gave an overview of the legislation and an update on the development of the water efficiency standards.

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In water news this week from around the web …

WEEKEND DAILY DIGEST:  Water district fires nearly all of its employees after they refuse to follow board’s illegal votes; Consultants list 10 lessons learned over 5 years of SGMA implementation; AGs challenge trump weakening of ‘Magna Carta’ of environmental law; ESA to potentially reflect a new ‘habitat’ definition under proposal; and more … READ IT HERE: Weekend Daily Digest

MONDAY:  Rebalancing ag and natural land; CA lawmakers vote to phase out toxic firefighting foam, wildfire funding bill poised to die; Western wildfires a boon for native species; Toxic dust from Salton Sea could complicate coronavirus recovery; and more …  READ IT HERE: Monday’s Daily Digest

TUESDAY:  Legislature kills last-ditch bill with funding for Friant-Kern Canal, narrowly rejects restrictions on plastics; Delta Council Chair Tatayon recuses herself from Delta Conveyance proceedings; Microplastics – They’re everywhere; and more … READ IT HERE: Tuesday’s Daily Digest

WEDNESDAY:  Delta residents unite against tunnel; Court rules Delta duck-hunting club violated Clean Water Act; California farmer perspectives on groundwater management; CA Supreme Court rules on well permits; and more … READ IT HERE: Wednesday’s Daily Digest

THURSDAY:  EPA opens new Western office to deal with mine cleanup; The impact of Groundwater Sustainability Plans on domestic wells; ‘Dangerous heat’ forecast for California over Labor Day weekend; Wildfire suppression efforts are more aggressive than ever, but is there an ecological cost?; and more … READ IT HERE: Thursday’s Daily Digest

FRIDAY:  Judge to decide if SF Bay salt ponds are protected US waters; New report: San Joaquin Valley Water System Investment Program; Foster Farms accused of wasting water to kill chickens; New online portal for algal blooms; and more … READ IT HERE: Friday’s Daily Digest

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