CA WATER COMMISSION: Feather River Fish Hatchery

The Feather River Fish Hatchery is a State Water Project facility that was built in conjunction with the construction of Oroville Dam.  The fish hatchery is a joint operation of the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Water Resources. The Department of Fish and Wildlife conducts the fish spawning, rearing, and stocking activities, while the Department of […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: Stormwater Capture and Aquifer Recharge

Panel discusses the potential of stormwater as a resource, implementation of stormwater capture projects Traditionally, stormwater has been viewed as a flood management problem that called for shunting off the floodwaters as quickly as possible from urban areas to waterways in order to protect public safety and property. However, as drought has put more pressure on water supplies and groundwater […]

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ERNEST CONANT: Federal priorities for Reclamation Mid-Pacific Region for 2019

Reclamation Mid-Pacific Regional Director talks about progress made in implementing the directives in the Presidential Memo At the Friant Water Authority’s Annual Dinner held in Bakersfield last week, the keynote speaker was Ernest Conant, who was appointed Regional Director of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region on January 17th of this year.   Mr. Conant is no stranger to Kern County, […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: Using flood water for Managed Aquifer Recharge

Panel discusses research and strategies for using flood water with a focus on on-farm recharge With the passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, many groundwater basins are looking towards groundwater recharge as a tool to help bring their basins into balance.  “Flood-MAR” is a resource management strategy that uses flood water for managed aquifer recharge (MAR) on agricultural lands, […]

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DELTA STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL: Some good news for Delta smelt

Operation of Suisun Marsh salinity gates to benefit Delta smelt is successful; First experiments with captive-bred Delta smelt show promise At the February meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, some council members had questions about actions the state was taking to address the ever-declining population of Delta smelt, and particularly about the use of captive-bred Delta smelt.  At the March […]

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CAL WATER FIX: Metropolitan Board workshop compares one-tunnel options to Cal Water Fix

Presentation compares water delivery capability, stormwater diversion capability, water quality benefits, reverse flows, seismic events, project costs Governor Newsom sent reverberations through the California water community when he announced during his state of the state address: “I do not support the Water Fix as currently configured,” said Governor Newsom. “Meaning, I do not support the twin tunnels. But we can […]

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MET WATER PLANNING & STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE: Voluntary Settlement Agreements

Presentation delves into the proposed voluntary agreement; compares flows, looks at funding At the March meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Water Planning and Stewardship Committee, Bay Delta Initiatives Manager Steve Arakawa walked committee members through the recent framework for the voluntary agreement that is being proposed as an alternative to the State Water Board’s update to the Bay Delta Water […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: The Climate Registry: Water-Energy Nexus; Dam safety fee regulations; 2018 State Water Project Review

At the February meeting of the California Water Commission, the Commissioners heard a presentation on the Climate Registry, approved new regulations for dam safety fees, received an update on the Water Storage Investment Program, and started their annual review of the State Water Project. THE CLIMATE REGISTRY: WATER-ENERGY NEXUS The Climate Registry is a non-profit organization governed by U.S. states […]

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DELTA STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL: Delta Watermaster Update, Council priorities for 2019, and more …

At the January meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, the Delta Watermaster gave his quarterly report, which included an update on the Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan and what is being done to address losses in channel capacity in the South Delta; the Council also discussed their priorities for the upcoming year; and the Delta Lead Scientist Dr. John […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: Implementing AB 1755: The Open and Transparent Water Data Act; Groundwater Basin Boundary Modifications

At the January meeting of the California Water Commission, the commissioners were given a presentation on the progress in implementing AB 1755, The Open and Transparent Water Data Act, and a briefing on the draft groundwater basin boundary modifications as part of the Department of Water Resources’ ongoing efforts to implement the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. THE OPEN AND TRANSPARENT […]

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