THIS JUST IN … Santa Clara Valley Water District board votes to participate in California WaterFix project … some conflicting headlines

From the Santa Clara Valley Water District: On Tuesday, the Santa Clara Valley Water District voted to participate in the California WaterFix project, the state’s proposed plan to improve the infrastructure that carries water through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The participation is conditional, based on seven guiding principles listed below. As much as 40 percent of the water Santa Clara […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Governor vetoes Gray’s fair water rights hearing legislation (AB 313); DWR releases 2017-18 Lake Oroville flood season operations plan; Reclamation and USFWS announce availability of grants to help listed species

Governor Vetoes Gray’s Fair Water Rights Hearing Legislation From Assemblyman Adam Gray’s office: Assemblyman Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) expressed frustration and disappointment today upon learning that the Governor had vetoed Gray’s fair water rights hearing legislation. “For more than half a century, the State Water Resources Control Board has kept a dirty little secret,” said Gray. “They are the judge, the jury, and the prosecution in […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: New law strengthens water quality protections for oil and gas production; Share your feedback on the Delta Conservation Framework document; San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District reports excellent year for water recharge

New Law Strengthens Water Quality Protections for Oil and Gas Production From Cal EPA: Today Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed into law Assembly Bill 1328, strengthening the state’s water quality protections for oil and gas production. The bill, by Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara), provides additional authority to the State Water Board and regional water boards to obtain information […]

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REACTIONS to Kern County Water Agency’s vote in support of Cal Water Fix

Last Thursday, the Kern County Water Agency voted to support Cal Water Fix.  I held this on Friday, expecting a press release from KCWA, but none arrived, so here are the reactions I received, listed in alphabetical order. From the Delta Counties Coalition: The Delta Counties Coalition issued the following statements in response to Kern County Water Agency’s (KCWA) vote […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Central Valley Project begins 2018 water year with 8.9 million acre-feet of storage; Invasive New Zealand Mudsnails found in Carmel River; Weekly Water and Climate Update

Central Valley Project begins 2018 water year with 8.9 million acre-feet of storage From the Bureau of Reclamation: The Bureau of Reclamation’s Central Valley Project began water year 2018, which runs from Oct. 1, 2017, to Sept. 30, 2018, with 8.9 million acre-feet of water in six key CVP reservoirs (Trinity, Shasta, Folsom, New Melones, Millerton, and the federal share […]

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THIS JUST IN … Sacramento Bee: Kern County farmers say they’re willing to pay for the Delta tunnels

From the Sacramento Bee: “A bloc of San Joaquin farmers tentatively endorsed the Delta tunnels project Thursday, becoming the first significant agricultural group to support the struggling plan.  But the level of support from members of the Kern County Water Agency, which serves much of the $7 billion-a-year farm economy at the southern end of the valley, was less than […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Corps releases final environmental report for Folsom Dam Raise project; Draft final Cannabis Cultivation Policy and Cannabis General Order available online

Corps releases final environmental report for Folsom Dam Raise project From the Army Corps of Engineers: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District has published the final environmental impact statement/environmental impact report for the Folsom Dam Raise project. The report addresses environmental impacts and recommends mitigation measures in regard to the proposed modifications at Folsom Lake. Components of the […]

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REACTIONS to Metropolitan’s vote for the California Water Fix

Yesterday, the Metropolitan Board of Directors voted for the California Water Fix, although by no means unanimously.  Here are the reactions, starting with Metropolitan’s statement, and everyone else following in alphabetical order. From the Metropolitan Water District: The biggest water decision of this generation of Southern Californians was reached today as Metropolitan Water District’s Board of Directors voted to support […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: State Water Board issues draft Ag Water Quality Order for E. San Joaquin River watershed; U.S. EPA awards $5.2M to protect and restore SF Bay; New rainwater and recycling legislation advances California water security

State Water Board Issues Draft Agricultural Water Quality Order for Eastern San Joaquin River Watershed From the State Water Resources Control Board: The State Water Resources Control Board today issued a draft order to revise agricultural waste discharge requirements for growers in the eastern San Joaquin Valley, an action that also would serve as a model for protecting water quality […]

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Fish Restoration Program issues update on nine Delta restoration projects

From the Fish Restoration Program: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Fish Restoration Program (FRP) addresses specific habitat restoration requirements of the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) biological opinions (Biological Opinions) for State Water Project (SWP) and Central Valley Project (CVP) operations. IN THIS […]

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