METROPOLITAN BAY-DELTA COMMITTEE: California Water Fix update; Delta science efforts

The June meeting of Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay Delta included an update on the Cal Water Fix project, and an update on Delta science efforts regarding longfin smelt studies, predation studies, and the Yolo Bypass Fish Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage Project. CALIFORNIA WATER FIX UPDATE Steve Arakawa, Manager of Bay Delta Initiatives, began the presentations with a […]

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DELTA STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL: A Study Comparing Ways to Estimate Crop Evapotranspiration in the Delta

The Delta Watermaster leads a panel discussing a recent study that compared 7 different methods for estimating consumptive use of crops grown in the Delta At the May meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, Delta Watermaster Michael George discussed the recently completed study:  A Comparative Study for Estimating Crop Evapotranspiration in the Delta which compared seven different models and methods of […]

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DELTA STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL: Outlook for Water Year 2018

Panel discusses outlook for the remaining water year for the State Water Project and Hetch Hetchy water systems, plus a look at Forecast Informed Reservoir Operations At the May meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, an agenda item examined the outlook on the water storage and water supply for the remaining water year, as well as how challenges were addressed […]

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DELTA STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL: Data to Decision Making: The Open and Transparent Water Data Act

In 2016, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 1755, the Open and Transparent Water Data Act, which requires the Department of Water Resources, in consultation with the California Water Quality Monitoring Council, the State Water Resources Control Board, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife to improve the accessibility and usability of water and environmental data. The intended outcome for AB […]

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METROPOLITAN BAY DELTA COMMITTEE: Update on California Water Fix and the Design and Construction Authority and the Collaborative Science and Adaptive Management Program

At the May meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Special Committee on the Bay Delta, committee members received an update on the California Water Fix project, including the start up of the Design and Construction JPA, and an update on the Collaborative Science and Adaptive Management Program. UPDATE ON CAL WATER FIX Bay Delta Initiatives Manager Steve Arakawa updated the committee […]

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DELTA STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL: Three amendments to Delta Plan adopted

The Delta Stewardship Council adopts amendments to the Delta Plan regarding conveyance, levee prioritization, and performance measures At the April meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, Councilmembers voted 5-2 to certify the environmental impact report and adopt three amendments to the Delta Plan.  The amendments, in development for years, address the prioritization of state investments in Delta levees, Delta conveyance, […]

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STATE WATER BOARD: Update on Delta science efforts

At the March 20th meeting of the State Water Board, Delta Lead Scientist Dr. Callaway updated the board members on the Delta Science Program and their priorities for the coming year. The mission of the Delta Science Program is to provide the best possible unbiased scientific information for water and environmental decision making in the Delta, a mission the Science […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: A primer on water rights permitting and change petitions

Presentation covers applications for new water rights, fully appropriated streams, and change petitions At the March meeting of the California Water Commission, Amanda Montgomery, Chief of the Permitting Section for the Division of Water Rights at the State Water Resources Control Board was on hand to discuss the complex issue of water rights permitting and change petitions.  Ms. Montgomery’s presentation focused […]

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STATE WATER BOARD: Riparian and pre-1914 water rights in the Delta

State Water Board staff use information gleaned from 2015 informational order to compile the first taxonomy of senior water rights in the Delta At the peak of the drought in February of 2015, the State Water Resources Control Board’s Division of Water Rights issued an informational order to 445 water right claimants in the Delta and its tributaries that required […]

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