Delta Stewardship Council meeting Sept. 27: National Heritage Area designation for the Delta, water rights enforcement and the EPA’s Action Plan

National Heritage Area designation for the Delta, increased authority for the State Water Board, and the EPA’s Bay-Delta Action Plan were some of the items on the agenda for the September 27, 2012 Delta Stewardship Council meeting. THE DELTA AS A NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA Mike Machado and Alex Westhoff from the Delta Protection Commission are asking for the Council’s support […]

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A chat with Chris Knopp, new Executive Officer of the Delta Stewardship Council

Last week, the Delta Stewardship Council announced the selection of Chris Knopp as the new Executive Officer to replace the retiring Joe Grindstaff. Filling Mr. Grindstaff’s shoes won’t be easy, but Mr. Knopp seems up to the task.  A pilot and a longtime California resident, he earned his BS in Forestry at UC Berkley and his MS in Watershed Science at […]

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John Laird talks about pork, the water bond, and Bay Delta Conservation Plan

John Laird, Secretary for Natural Resources, recently spoke at a meeting in Loomis, where he discussed the water bond and the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. After opening with some stories from his days in the legislature and praise for the establishment and achievements of the Sierra Conservancy, John Laird talked about the water bond.  Now moved to 2014, Mr. Laird […]

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White paper details the substantial role California's water sector can play in achieving the state's ambitious energy goals

By shifting its timing and use of electricity, California’s water sector can help avoid the need to build new power plants, a new white paper, California’s Water-Energy Nexus: Pathways to Implementation, has determined.  Written by GEI Consultants on behalf of the Water-Energy Team of the Governor’s Climate Action Team (WET-CAT), the paper hopes to stimulate discussion between regulators and policymakers […]

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The California Water Commission hears an update on dam safety

With so many dams in California and the current dismal budget climate, perhaps you might have been concerned about the status of the state’s dam safety program?  Or maybe you hadn’t thought of it, but with over 1250 dams in California, it’s no doubt an important  issue. Today’s Maven’s Minutes covers the presentation that David Gutierrez, DWR’s Chief of the […]

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EPA releases Action Plan for the Delta: Reducing pollution and restoring freshwater flows are key to improving water quality

Following an analysis that determined that existing state and federal water quality standards were not adequately protecting the Delta’s ecosystem, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an Action Plan in August of 2012 to address water quality challenges in the Bay Delta Estuary. The report identifies seven measures for improving water quality, restoring habitat, and improving the management of the […]

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State Water Board needs broader authority for water rights enforcement, says the Delta Watermaster

Broader authority for the State Water Board to enforce water rights violations and prevent illegal diversions are among the key recommendations of an informational report to be presented at Wednesday’s Board meeting by Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson. In his report, Improving Water Rights Enforcement Authority, Mr. Wilson compared the State Water Board’s existing authority for enforcement of water quality violations […]

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Delta Stewardship Council’s comprehensive Delta Plan rounds the bend towards the finish line

A comprehensive policy blueprint for the beleaguered Delta inched ever nearer towards completion as the Delta Stewardship Council reviewed minor changes of the last draft of the Delta Plan and prepared for the final phases of the planning process. Over two years in the making, the Delta Plan is the state’s overarching policy blueprint for achieving the mandated coequal goals […]

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DWR Director Cowin gives a BDCP update and discusses SWP maintenance issues at Metropolitan board meeting

At the September 11, 2012 board meeting of the Metropolitan Water District, Department of Water Resources Director Mark Cowin gave an update on the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan and discussed ongoing operations and maintenance issues regarding the State Water Project. BAY-DELTA CONSERVATION PLAN UPDATE Calling the BDCP process long, complicated, and expensive, Mr. Cowin said they are making real progress.  He […]

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Colorado River states meet; have questions for California

At the September 10, 2012 meeting of Metropolitan’s Water Planning and Stewardship Committee,  Manager of Colorado River Resources Bill Hasencamp briefed the committee about a meeting between the seven Colorado River states and Reclamation held recently in Las Vegas where a few important issues were discussed: Negotiations with Mexico:  Regarding bi-national negotiations with Mexico on Colorado River issues, the question […]

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