Daily Digest: Project aims to feed Delta smelt – ‘They’re starving to death’; Experts weigh in on California’s biggest water priorities; Donald Trump visits Tulare looking for cash and talking water; California is running out of time to save the Salton Sea; and more …

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In California water news today, Project aims to feed Delta smelt – ‘They’re starving to death’; Experts weigh in on California’s biggest water priorities; Donald Trump visits Tulare looking for cash and talking water; California is running out of time to save the Salton Sea; Subterranean caves hold clues to past droughts; Cattlemen’s group urges ranchers to stay engaged on […]

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Drought, climate change, and California water management

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Climate change will stress all aspects of our water management system, particularly the Delta; however, multiple strategies do exist to minimize the effects, says Dr. Ted Grantham The ongoing and extensive drought has had an effect on all aspects of California’s natural environment and agricultural resources, but it may be a sign of things to come.  Most climate change research […]

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News Worth Noting: California Water Fix hearing update; Wildlife Conservation Board funds environmental improvement and acquisition projects; Russian River Independent Science Review Panel releases report; Santa Clara County Passes Resolution on San Francisco Estuary

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California Water Fix hearing update From the State Water Resources Control Board: Since the hearing started on July 26, 2016, the petitioners have put on their case in chief covering: project description, engineering, operations, and modeling aspects of the WaterFix project. Last week, the hearing officers granted parties’ oral requests to cancel the August 29-30, 2016 hearing days so parties […]

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Daily Digest: At Trump’s fundraiser in Tulare, attendees want to hear about water; State may have to pay local water agencies millions; California and EPA poised to expand pollution of potential drinking water reserves; and more …

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In California water news today, At Trump’s fundraiser in Tulare, attendees want to hear about water; Where Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump stand on climate change; State may have to pay local water agencies millions; Bill to speed up projects such as Sites faces Assembly; California updates rules on water guzzlers; California and EPA poised to expand pollution of potential […]

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Blog round-up: Delta tunnel economics, Delta smelt, Australia, federal under-reach on water, and more …

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It Is Strange To Be Accused of Bias By WaterFix Supporters for Following The Information in Their Own Documents and Applications for Project Approval, says Dr. Jeff Michael: He writes, “The response from opponents to the benefit-cost report is both predictable and a little bit strange. Someone from the Department of Water Resources criticizes it for not using the “declining […]

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Overview of control studies for the Delta methylmercury TMDL

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Dr. Stephen McCord discusses the progress made so far on the phase one control studies; final reports are due October, 2018 Mercury comes from many sources, both natural and human.  A byproduct of coal combustion and volcanic eruptions, it can be transported by wind and rain; it can also be naturally occurring in soils and springs, particularly in California’s Coast […]

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News Worth Noting: California Supreme Court requires state to fund local stormwater programs; Legislature passes bill to help California water users fight climate change; $824,764 contract fuels progress on Marysville Ring Levee

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California Supreme Court requires state to fund local stormwater programs From Best Best & Krieger: “In a much anticipated decision with potentially far-reaching implications for cities and counties across California, the California Supreme Court determined that certain requirements in municipal stormwater permits are state mandates subject to reimbursement under the California Constitution. Under Article XIII B §6, if the Legislature […]

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This just in … Draft regulations for the Water Storage Investment Program now posted online

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California Water Commission expected to vote this afternoon to send the regulation to OAL and start the formal public comment period Revised staff draft regulations for the California Water Commission’s Water Storage Investment Program are now available on the Commission’s website: https://cwc.ca.gov/Pages/QuantificationRulemaking.aspx Proposition 1, passed in November 2014, provided $7.5 billion for investments in California’s water management infrastructure.  The bond […]

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Daily Digest: Last chance to save the Delta smelt?; Drones meet drought in skies of storied California farmland; Snowpack ‘double whammy’ may hit western mountain streams; and more …

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In California water news today, Last chance to save the Delta smelt?; Drones meet drought in skies of storied California farmland; Snowpack ‘double whammy’ may hit western mountain streams; Exploring ancient shipwrecks off California’s redwood coast; Tree mortality at ‘epidemic’ level in the Tahoe Basin; and Bear River: The biggest dam project you never heard of On the calendar today […]

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News Worth Noting: State Water Board notifies water right holders of failure to report diversions; Costa applauds the groundbreaking of the North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program

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State Water Board Notifies Water Right Holders of Failure to Report Diversions From the State Water Resources Control Board: What: The State Water Resources Control Board’s Division of Water Rights has notified more than 3,700 holders of water right permits and licenses representing more than 4,300 water rights that they have failed to file their 2015 reports of diversion and […]

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