NEWS WORTH NOTING: North Coast entities to sign Potter Valley Project planning agreement; Survey: CA voters strongly favor restoration of Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Valley; North Monterey County Drought Contingency Plan completed

North Coast Entities to Sign Potter Valley Project Planning Agreement The Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water), Mendocino Inland Water and Power Commission, and California Trout, Inc. are working towards adopting a Potter Valley Project (Project) planning agreement to secure the region’s water supply and protect endangered salmon species in the Eel River and upper Russian River.  Driven by an […]

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THIS JUST IN … Attorney General Becerra Sues Westlands Water District to Block Unlawful Shasta Dam Project

From the Office of the Attorney General: California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has filed a lawsuit to block Westlands Water District (Westlands) from taking unlawful action to assist in the planning and construction of a project to raise the height of Shasta Dam. The project poses significant adverse effects on the free-flowing condition of the McCloud River and on its wild trout […]

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LETTER: Senator Feinstein praises Newsom decision to support a single Delta tunnel project

“I believe it is critical that California build a single tunnel to improve Delta conveyance,” she says. Last week, Senator Feinstein sent a letter to Governor Newsom praising his decision to revoke approvals of the California Water Fix project and instead proceed towards a single tunnel project. In her letter, she cited the importance of modernizing the state’s infrastructure to […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: First-ever Water-Energy Nexus Registry in California launches; CDFW, Delta Science Program award funding for restoration and scientific studies; Newsom appoints Deputy Secretary & Special Counsel for Water

CalEPA and The Climate Registry Launch First-ever Water-Energy Nexus Registry in California California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal EPA) and The Climate Registry today launched the first-ever Water-Energy Nexus Registry for organizations with operations in California. The Water-Energy Nexus Registry will help water agencies and utilities as well as large water consumers better understand the energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Feather River smolt release to help biologists study salmon life cycle; Carlsbad Desalination Plant updated permit approved by San Diego Water Board

Feather River Smolt Release to Help Biologists Study Salmon Life Cycle From the Department of Fish and Wildlife: On May 8, CDFW released about 1 million fall run Chinook Salmon smolts into the Feather River at the Boyd’s Pump Launch facility. This experimental in-river release will provide fisheries biologists an important opportunity to study how fish respond under specific environmental […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Nancy Vogel appointed director of the Governor’s Water Portfolio Program; Water and Climate News: Continuing Midwest storms increase flood damages

Nancy Vogel appointed director of the Governor’s Water Portfolio Program From the Office of the Governor: Nancy Vogel, 51, of Sacramento, has been appointed director of the Governor’s Water Portfolio Program at the California Natural Resources Agency. Vogel has been director of communications at the Resources Legacy Fund since 2017. She was deputy secretary for communications at the California Natural […]

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REACTIONS: Water agencies, environmental organizations, legislators, and Delta stakeholders react to single-tunnel Delta conveyance project *UPDATED*

Today, Natural Resources Agency announced that the Department of Water Resources will cease pursuit of permits for a twin tunnel conveyance project and instead advance a single-tunnel conveyance project for the Bay Delta. Here’s what water agencies and organizations had to say.  (As I receive statements, I will continue to post them here.) From Christie Kalkowski, Bureau of Reclamation, Acting […]

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THIS JUST IN … State Withdraws WaterFix Approvals, Initiates Planning and Permitting for a Smaller Single Tunnel

From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today is taking formal steps to withdraw proposed permits for the WaterFix project and begin a renewed environmental review and planning process for a smaller, single tunnel project that will protect a critical source of water supplies for California. Today’s actions implement Governor Gavin Newsom’s direction earlier this […]

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THIS JUST IN … Final Phillips Survey of 2019 Finds Healthy Late-Spring Snowpack

California’s snowpack is cold and dense From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today conducted the fifth and final Phillips Station snow survey of 2019. The manual survey recorded 47 inches of snow depth and a snow water equivalent (SWE) of 27.5 inches, which is 188 percent of average for this location. Statewide, California’s snowpack […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: LAO handout: Funding water-related activities; Analysis shows increasing groundwater levels in the Coachella Valley

LAO handout: Funding water-related activities The Legislative Analyst’s Office has prepared a handout for the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife on funding water-related activities. The handout looks at existing funding, recent bond funding, legislative options to increase funding, and important considerations around those funding options. Click here for the handout. Analysis shows increasing groundwater levels in the Coachella […]

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