PERSPECTIVES: DWR Director Karla Nemeth on Oroville Dam, the Governor’s water resilience portfolio, Delta conveyance, the Voluntary Agreements, and more …

Interview and write-up by Lisa Beutler, Stantec (Sacramento, CA).  This article appeared first in The Water Report and is reprinted here with permission. In late August, California Department of Water Resources (DWR) Director Karla Nemeth graciously set aside some time to talk with us about the Department she leads and its role in confronting California’s water challenges.  The wide-ranging interview […]

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DAM REMOVAL: Dammed if you do, dammed if you don’t

San Clemente Dam, Klamath Dams, and Matilija Dam removal spotlighted at ACWA Conference The time, expense, and regulatory uncertainty of providing viable and effective fish passage have propelled reservoir operators to pursue dam removal in watersheds throughout the state. The Caramel River Reroute and the San Clemente Dam Project is the largest dam removal project ever to occur in California […]

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PERSPECTIVES: The SOURCE Interview with Brenda Burman, Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner

Finding solutions for shortages on Colorado River This post, written by Lynn Lipinski, first appeared in SOURCE Magazine and is reprinted here with permission. Amid nearly two decades of drought on the Colorado River, seven states that rely on its water signed an historic agreement to use less voluntarily to prevent the federal government from imposing mandatory cutbacks. The U.S. […]

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Draft environmental documents for the long-term operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project, plus an update on the biological opinions

Explainer post on what these environmental documents are all about and how they interface with the biological opinions, plus an update from Paul Souza on the biological opinions On July 11, the Bureau of Reclamation released draft environmental documents for the Reinitiation of Consultation on the Coordinated Long-Term Operation of the Central Valley Project (CVP) and State Water Project (SWP) […]

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THIS JUST IN … Governor Newsom directs state agencies to prepare water resilience portfolio for California

The plan will assess conditions, identify priorities, and emphasize regional approaches This afternoon, Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order directing state agencies to collaborate on developing a water plan that identifies priorities for building a water resilient portfolio and creating a water system that will meet the water needs of California’s communities, economy, and the environment into the future. “California’s […]

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CAL WATER FIX HEARINGS: Protestors write State Water Board, say hearing cannot be finalized

Recent developments propose significant changes to project operations that are not reflected in the modeling, they say Several letters were delivered to the California Water Fix hearing team at the State Water Board yesterday saying that in light of the recent developments, the hearing cannot be finalized and the Board must now reexamine how or if the hearings can go […]

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REACTIONS: Water agencies and organizations react to voluntary settlements and the State Water Board vote to adopt new flow standards for San Joaquin River tributaries

In a meeting yesterday that began at 9:30am and went into the evening, the State Water Board voted 4-1 to adopt the controversial flow standards for San Joaquin River tributaries and salinity standards for the South Delta, while leaving room open for a voluntary settlement agreement. Here’s what water agencies and stakeholders had to say: From the State Water Resources […]

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BAY DELTA SCIENCE CONFERENCE: Drought, climate change, and restoration resiliency

John Durand looks at the effects of the 2012-2016 drought on the Delta from the environmental, economic, and stakeholder perspectives The 2012-2016 drought is one for the records in that, while not necessarily the driest or the longest for California since the state has been keeping records, it was the hottest drought with many scientists saying that we can expect […]

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Cal WaterFix Appeal hearing begins at the Delta Stewardship Council

Hearing on whether the California Water Fix is consistent with the Delta Plan is expected to last three days Today, the Delta Stewardship Council will begin what is expected to be a three-day public hearing on the appeal of DWR’s consistency determination for the California WaterFix project. The 2009 Delta Reform Act created the Delta Stewardship Council and charged the […]

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BAY DELTA SCIENCE CONFERENCE: Developing a Delta habitat restoration adaptive management program

Presentation covers what is adaptive management, why is it important, and why an adaptive management program is needed Habitat restoration is a key strategy in the Delta Plan to achieve the coequal goal of protecting, enhancing, and restoring the Delta ecosystem. Various efforts, including the California EcoRestore initiative and Proposition 1 grants administered by the Delta Conservancy and Department of […]

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