THIS JUST IN … Biological opinions for long-term operations of the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project released

Paul Souza (USGWS), Barry Thom (NOAA Fisheries) and Ernest Conant (Reclamation) discuss the new biological opinions in a press call The long awaited biological opinions have been released.  Earlier this morning, Paul Souza, Regional Director for the US Fish and Wildlife Service; Barry Thom, NOAA Fisheries Regional Administrator; and Ernest Conant, Director of the Mid Pacific Region of the Bureau […]

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DAILY DIGEST: Trump team weakens endangered species protections for CA salmon and Delta smelt; Reducing regulations for small farmers a priority for Central Valley Water Board; DWR celebrates the completion of tidal habitat restoration in the Delta; As waters rise, so do concerns for sports teams along coast; and more …

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In California water news today, Trump team weakens endangered species protections for California salmon and delta smelt; Reducing regulations for small farmers a priority for Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board; DWR Celebrates the Completion of Tidal Habitat Restoration in the Delta; As waters rise, so do concerns for sports teams along coast; It’s official: Eureka formally transfers Indian […]

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BOOKSHELF: State of the Estuary report; 2019: Pulse of the Bay; Multi-benefit projects

Estuary Report Provides Report Card on Bay and Delta Health Major findings highlight vulnerabilities to sea-level rise From the San Francisco Estuary Partnership: Resiliency is the key issue highlighted in the State of the Estuary Report issued Monday by the San Francisco Estuary Partnership. This is the first report on the health of the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary […]

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DAILY DIGEST: San Francisco Estuary health report offers mixed review; Huffman files bill to protect, bolster salmon rivers; California tribe regains island it calls center of universe; Can you pass the climate change solutions quiz?; The week in water podcast; and more …

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In California water news today, San Francisco Estuary health report offers mixed review; Huffman files bill to protect, bolster salmon rivers; California tribe regains island it calls center of universe; The lost river: Mexicans fight for mighty waterway taken by the US; Money from socially responsible investors flows into US water stocks; Quiz: The most effective ways to curb climate […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: LAO report on 2019-20 budget spending on resources and environmental protection; Reclamation awards $1 million in CALFED grants; Metropolitan Water District names dam after Western water legend

LAO Report: The 2019-20 Budget: California Spending Plan-Resources and Environmental Protection The 2019-20 budget includes over $12 billion for the state’s natural resources and environmental protection programs. This post describes budgetary actions related to the annual cap-and-trade expenditure plan, support for a new safe and affordable drinking water program, funding for a variety of wildfire prevention and response activities, as […]

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DAILY DIGEST, weekend edition: Delta smelt are dying: How this affects the state’s water; Ups and downs of groundwater levels after the Ridgecrest earthquakes; Federal action plan focused on improving water prediction for the West; Can seawater desalination save the world?; and more …

In California water news this weekend, Delta smelt are dying: How this affects the state’s water; The Ups and Downs of Groundwater Levels after the July 2019 Ridgecrest, CA Earthquakes; California Families Are Hungry While a Third of Crops Rot in Fields; Newsom declared the state should spend more on climate change. It ignited a firestorm; Federal action plan focused […]

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DAILY DIGEST: California likely to see a dry winter, but nothing’s certain; Groundwater pumpers beware: The Public Trust Doctrine is lurking; California delays ballast water treatment standard; The pros and cons of introducing non-native fish species; and more …

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In California water news today, California likely to see a dry winter, a federal report warns. But nothing’s certain; New groundwater law will have significant impact on Valley farmers starting in 2020; Groundwater Pumpers Beware: The Public Trust Doctrine is Lurking; California delays its almost-impossible-to-achieve ballast water treatment standard; The pros and cons of introducing non-native fish species; What climate […]

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DAILY DIGEST: Water Board OKs 35-year plan to tackle farm pollution; Groundwater recharge projects get boost under AB 658; New CA law creates path to water industry jobs for Vets; DWR prepares CA water system for next ‘Big One’; and more …

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In California water news today, California Water Board OKs 35-Year Plan to Tackle Farm Pollution; Groundwater Recharge Projects Get Boost Under AB 658; New California Law Creates Path to Water Industry Jobs for Vets; DWR Prepares California Water System for Next ‘Big One’; ‘I’m standing right here in the middle of climate change’: How USDA is failing farmers; State requirements […]

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THIS JUST IN … State Water Board Approves Central Valley Water Board Plan to Reduce Nitrate Contamination in Groundwater and Provide Replacement Drinking Water

From the State Water Resources Control Board: The State Water Resources Control Board today approved an ambitious, long-term plan to address the buildup of salt and nitrates in Central Valley groundwater basins and surface water, and ensure delivery of clean drinking water to disadvantaged communities impacted by nitrates until impaired aquifers are restored. Approved after more than 13 years in […]

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DAILY DIGEST: As SGMA plows forward, small farmers seek more engagement; New spill in Kern County oil field; What we know about Newsom from the 1,042 bills sent his way; BLM cites threat to environment as a reason for more border wall in San Diego; and more …

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In California water news today, As Groundwater Law Plows Forward, Small Farmers Seek More Engagement; New Chevron Crude Spills Emerge in Kern County Oil Field; Forest plans affect grazing, logging, water; Guerrilla Gatherers: California tribes are breaking the law to maintain their traditional ways of life.; The Quiet, Intentional Fires of Northern California; Here’s What We Know About Newsom From […]

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