BROWN BAG SEMINAR: Developing Tiered Environmental Flow Criteria Using a Functional Flows Approach for California Streams

Establishing environmental flow targets to protect aquatic communities is a priority for numerous programs in California including in the Delta. In this first of three brown bag seminars focusing on flow targets and ecology, Dr. Yarnell discusses her recent work using a functional-flows approach to develop statewide environmental flow recommendations. The approach allows for the rapid development of flow regimes […]

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DWR groundwater levels report shows mixed results

Although Spring 2017 groundwater levels have mostly recovered from last year, most have not yet recovered to pre-drought conditions Although Water Year 2017 was one of the wettest on record, it’s impact on groundwater levels across the state is varied, according to a report issued by the Department of Water Resources on Friday.  While spring groundwater levels have mostly recovered […]

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More reliable water supplies for California: Building a diverse regional water supply portfolio

New resource page at Maven’s Notebook highlights the factors impacting California’s water supply and the range of solutions for developing reliable water supplies California has recently emerged from a severe drought, one of the worst droughts in modern times; the drought was essentially ended with the wettest year on record.  For those familiar with California water and the state’s boom […]

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DPR scientists tackling troubling urban pesticide runoff

From the California Department of Pesticide Regulation: Agricultural pesticide runoff grabs headlines, but did you know that urban pesticide use can also pollute California creeks and rivers? Determining the extent of the pollution has been the focus of recent studies by scientists at the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR). They’ve found several pesticides at levels toxic to aquatic invertebrates […]

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WEBSITE NEWS: New daily and weekly email service options make it easy to keep up to date with the latest California water news

From full service to once a week, new email options from Maven’s Notebook let you choose how often you receive in your inbox the latest water news and information posted at Maven’s Notebook. FULL SERVICE: Six days a week with breaking news alerts Really passionate about your water news?  Sign up for full service and you will receive a daily […]

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QUESTION: Delta Stewardship Council endorses Delta Plan amendment on conveyance, storage, and operations, but what does that mean?

What is the effect of the amendment on the California Water Fix project? Randy Fiorini and Osha Meserve weigh in This is the first of an occasional feature here on Maven’s Notebook where I will ask a really wonky question about California water and ask people to weigh in.  This month’s question is regarding the recent Delta Plan amendment endorsed […]

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Broad group of farmers express concerns over State Water Board’s approach to flows

The State Water Board should focus on functional flows, not unimpaired flows, they say In a letter to the State Water Resources Control Board, a broad group of Central Valley farmers have expressed concerns over the Board’s use of unimpaired flows in the proposals for phase 1 and 2 of the Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan. The State Water […]

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CALIFORNIA WEATHER BLOG: Potentially dangerous flood event this week across wide swath of Northern California

From Daniel Swain at the California Weather Blog: “On the heels of a strong, damaging, and deadly Southern California storm on Friday, a new and powerful storm is bearing down upon Northern California. A deepening low pressure system just off the California coast will drag an extremely moist plume of subtropical moisture over the northern half of the state, bringing […]

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State Water Board to consider climate change resolution at upcoming meeting

The State Water Resources Control Board is set to consider adopting a resolution at their February 22nd board meeting that will further incorporate climate change considerations into water board actions. The State Water Board adopted a similar resolution in 2007 outlining the actions staff should take to respond to climate change and support the implementation of the state’s 2006 landmark […]

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