NEWS WORTH NOTING: Delta Stewardship Council denies appeal of Smith Canal Gate Project; A wet winter and above average rain mean a boost to local stormwater capture in L.A.; USDA invests millions to protect communities from wildfires, restore forest ecosystems, improve drinking water

Delta Stewardship Council Denies Appeal of Smith Canal Gate Project at March 21, 2019 Public Hearing The Delta Stewardship Council today (March 21) denied an appeal from the Atherton Cove Property Owners Association that had challenged a proposal to build a flood control gate at the mouth of Smith Canal and Atherton Cove, adjacent to the San Joaquin River/Stockton Deep […]

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THIS JUST IN … State Water Project Allocations Increase to 70 Percent Following Strong Winter Storms

From the Department of Water Resources: Following several strong winter storms that brought snowpack and precipitation to above average levels, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced it will increase the 2019 State Water Project (SWP) allocation. Most SWP contractors will now receive 70 percent of their requests for the 2019 calendar year, an increase from the 35 […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Sites Reservoir project draws criticism from fishermen, tribes, and conservation groups; Groups warn Feinstein a “dark ethical cloud” hangs over Bernhardt

Sites Reservoir project draws criticism from fishermen, tribes, and conservation groups Sites Reservoir project threatens fisheries in two watersheds, Environmental review short on facts, they say From the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations. the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, and Save California salmon: A coalition of 27 fishermen, Native Americans and environmental organizations sent a letter expressing concerns about the impacts […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Reclamation’s Colorado River Basin inflow projections reflect improved hydrological conditions in 2019

Reclamation’s Colorado River Basin inflow projections reflect improved hydrological conditions in 2019 From the Bureau of Reclamation: The Bureau of Reclamation today updated its monthly 24-month study projections, indicating improved hydrological conditions throughout the Colorado River Basin. Current snowpack in the Upper Basin is nearly 140 percent of average, with a forecasted inflow to Lake Powell of 92 percent of […]

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THIS JUST IN … Reclamation updates 2019 Central Valley Project water allocations

South of Delta ag contractors increased to 55%; North of the Delta, in-Delta and American River increased to 100% From the Bureau of Reclamation: The Bureau of Reclamation today issued updated allocations for Central Valley Project contractors for the 2019 contract year. This update reflects the benefits of the series of storms that brought significant precipitation to California during February […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Garamendi introduces bill to support CA water infrastructure projects; Winnemem Wintu Tribe and W.A.T.E.R. challenge Crystal Geyser EIR in opening brief; Lahontan Water Board accepts Lake Tahoe Nearshore Plan

Garamendi Introduces Bill to Support California Water Infrastructure Projects From the Office of Congressman John Garamendi: Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) introduced bipartisan legislation (H.R.1764) to support local water infrastructure projects. Congressmen Ken Calvert (R-CA) and Rob Woodall (R-GA) are cosponsors. Congressman Garamendi’s legislation (H.R.1764) would extend the maximum term for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits issued under […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Sen. Dodd’s twin tunnels oversight bill advances; State Water Board announces investigation and sampling of potential sources of PFAS; Water rights compliance checklist for 2019

Sen. Dodd’s Twin Tunnels Oversight Bill Advances From the Office of Senator Bill Dodd: A bill from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that would increase legislative oversight of the controversial Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta WaterFix project and allow for more public scrutiny has cleared its first committee hurdle. Senate Bill 204 passed the Natural Resources and Water committee Tuesday on a 6-0 […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: New governor brings hope for a new partnership on the Merced River; Sierra Nevada Conservancy awards over $26 million for forest health projects; Lawsuits target Trump’s war on transparency at EPA, Interior Department

New Governor Brings Hope for a New Partnership on the Merced River An open letter to Governor Newsom from the Merced Irrigation District Board of Directors We, the Board of Directors of the Merced Irrigation District (MID), want to commend Governor Newsom for his recent changes in appointments to the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB). We believe those changes, […]

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THIS JUST IN … President Signs Garamendi’s Delta National Heritage Area Act Into Law

From Congressman John Garamendi’s office: Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Davis, Fairfield, Yuba City) announced that the President signed his Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area Act (H.R. 357) into law as part of the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act (S. 47). The law provides $10 million for community-based efforts to conserve the Delta’s cultural heritage, historical landmarks, […]

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THIS JUST IN … Metropolitan Board steps up to support Drought Contingency Plan; protects Southland’s stored water in Lake Mead

From the Metropolitan Water District: With the fate of a long-negotiated deal to protect Colorado River supplies in jeopardy, the board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California voted unanimously today to contribute additional water to Lake Mead, if necessary, to keep the deal alive. The decision advances the Drought Contingency Plan – an agreement negotiated among […]

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