PUBLIC INPUT WANTED: State Water Board solicits comments on the development of a water rights enforcement policy

The State Water Board has the responsibility for regulating drinking water, protecting water rights, and protecting water quality.  In recent years, the State Water Board’s rules and regulations have expanded as a result of new legislative mandates while at the same time, complaints of water rights violations have been trending up, increasing the workload for staff.  While the Board does […]

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OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT: Reclamation requests comments on Klamath Project draft environmental assessment

From the Bureau of Reclamation: The Bureau of Reclamation invites public review and comment on a draft Environmental Assessment titled, Implementation of Klamath Project Operating Procedures 2019-2024. The draft evaluates the proposed action for the Biological Assessment that was transmitted to the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Dec.21, 2018, as modified on Feb. 15, […]

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OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT: Water Boards Staff Workshop- Definition of Protected Water (SB4)

From the State Water Resources Control Board: State Water Board staff will be holding a workshop Friday, May 10, 2019 to fulfill the Senate Bill 4 (Pavley, 2013) requirement to review the definition of “Protected Water” (see Water Code§ 10783(k)(2)). We are planning presentations by State Water Board staff, US Geological Survey, industry representatives, and non-governmental organizations. Board member(s) may be […]

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OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT: EPA and Army publish proposed revised “waters of the United States” definition

From the US Army Corps of Engineers: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District has posted Public Notice SPK-2019-00005 to www.spk.usace.army.mil/Media/RegulatoryPublicNotices.aspx. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army announced today the publishing in the Federal Register of the proposed new definition of “waters of the United States” that clarifies federal authority under the Clean […]

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OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT: Reclamation seeks comments on draft environmental document for long-term water transfers

From the Bureau of Reclamation: The Bureau of Reclamation is requesting comments on a draft revised environmental analysis for long-term water transfers prepared with the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority. The analysis includes the environmental effects of approving voluntary water transfers from 38 water management agencies and individuals north of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to Central Valley Project […]

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OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT: Long term water transfers revised EIR/Supplemental EIS available

From the Bureau of Reclamation: Reclamation will implement a long-term water transfer program to facilitate voluntary water transfers from willing sellers upstream of the Delta to water users south of the Delta and in the San Francisco Bay Area. Water transfers would occur through various methods such as groundwater substitution, cropland idling, reservoir release, and conservation, and would include individual […]

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US EPA CA SELENIUM PROPOSAL: Notice of Comment Period Extension and Rescheduled Public Hearings

From the US Environmental Protection Agency: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) will be extending the public comment period for the proposed rule, “Water Quality Standards; Establishment of a Numeric Criterion for Selenium for the State of California” (83 FR 64059, December 13, 2018), for an additional 45 days, from February 11, 2019, to March 28, 2019. The U.S. […]

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OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT: San Joaquin Fish Population Enhancement Program (SJFPEP) and Urban Streams Restoration Program (USRP) Grants Draft Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP)

From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is pleased to announce the opening of the public comment period for the Riverine Stewardship Program: San Joaquin Fish Population Enhancement Program (SJFPEP) and Urban Streams Restoration Program (USRP) Grants Draft Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP). The Draft Guidelines and PSP, as well as detailed information on […]

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PUBLIC NOTICE: Additional workshops and public meeting date change for statewide wetland definition and procedures for discharge of dredged or fill materials to waters of the state

The State Water Resources Control Board has issued a revised notice of public meeting, consideration of adoption, and public workshops for the proposed final amendments to the Ocean Plan and the Water Quality Control Plan for Inland Surface Waters, Enclosed Bays, and Estuaries (ISWEBE) that will include a new state definition for wetlands and procedures for discharges of dredged or […]

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OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT: Delta Public Lands Strategy – Now Available for Public Comment

From the Delta Conservancy: The Delta Public Lands Strategy – Guidance for Conservation and Sustainability across the West, Central, and Northeast Delta is now available for public comment (updated 1/22/19). Overview Through 2018, the Delta Conservancy coordinated a public planning process to develop a high-level, integrated conservation strategy for publicly-funded lands in the west, central, and northeast Delta (see map). This collaborative […]

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