THIS JUST IN … Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Association Leads Suit Against CA Dept. of Water Resources to Protect Delta Flows

Suit charges water grab potentially calamitous to native salmon and other fisheries From the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Association: Yesterday a coalition of environmental, fishing, and Native American groups led by the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Association (PCFFA) filed suit against the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to overturn its latest attempt to press former Governor Jerry […]

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THIS JUST IN … San Francisco joins lawsuit challenging State’s process for Bay-Delta Plan

Litigation necessary to preserve options for best outcomes for the environment and SFPUC’s 2.7 million water customers From the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission: In an effort to preserve options that will provide the best possible outcomes for the environment and the 2.7 million customers who rely on drinking water from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the City and […]

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THIS JUST IN … Metropolitan Water District begins drawing down stored water in Lake Mead

“If there is no Drought Contingency Plan, we don’t want to leave potentially half a million acre-feet or more locked up in Lake Mead if we go into shortage,” says General Manager Jeff Kightlinger At today’s meeting of the Water Planning & Stewardship Committee, Metropolitan officials said that with no Drought Contingency Plan in place (Arizona being the hold out), […]

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THIS JUST IN … DWR Finalizes Basin Prioritizations under SGMA

From the Department of Water Resources: The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced final basin prioritization for the majority of groundwater basins in the state as required under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). Today’s announcement finalizes the prioritization for 458 basins, identifying 56 basins that are required to create groundwater sustainability plans under SGMA. For most basins, the […]

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THIS JUST IN … Early winter storms produce Sierra snow, but water content remains below average

From the Department of Water Resources: Today, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) conducted the first Phillips Station snow survey of 2019. The manual survey recorded 25.5 inches of snow depth and a snow water equivalent of 9 inches, which is 80 percent of average for this location. Statewide, the Sierra snowpack is 67 percent of average. The results confirm […]

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THIS JUST IN … RESTORE THE DELTA: DWR’S No Harm Agreement & Letter Of Dismissal To Water Agencies: A “Surrender Dorothy” Effort To Save WaterFix By The Brown Administration

From Restore the Delta: Documents released to the Planning and Conservation League via a public records act request this week reveal details of the “No Harm Agreement” between the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the Federal Bureau of Reclamation (the Bureau) regarding California WaterFix.  In addition, a “Letter of Dismissal,” a document demanding that specific water districts and […]

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THIS JUST IN … California cedes water to feds in Delta deal with Trump

From the Sacramento Bee: “Southern Californians could lose billions of gallons of water a year to Central Valley farmers under a deal Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has struck with water officials working for President Donald Trump. There’s no guarantee the agreement with Trump will accomplish what Brown’s team is seeking: a lasting compromise on environmental regulations that could stave off […]

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THIS JUST IN … State and Federal Government Collaborate to Manage California’s Water Supply Under New Challenges; Brenda Burman comments on yesterday’s SWB vote

Note:  Updated information available: See: UPDATE: Agreement reached on Coordinated Operation Agreement for the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project, cost sharing; Water agencies respond  Also, more reactions to State Water Board vote (including Brenda Burman’s statement) are posted here: MORE REACTIONS: Reclamation, Feinstein, Costa, Gray, and MID react to voluntary agreements and State Water Board vote on San […]

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THIS JUST IN … California shifts water from farms, cities to fish. But a Jerry Brown compromise plan isn’t dead

From the Sacramento Bee: “Despite an epic last-minute compromise brokered by Gov. Jerry Brown, state water regulators voted Wednesday to reallocate billions of gallons of San Joaquin River water from farms and cities to revive struggling fish populations. After hours of testimony, the State Water Resources Control board voted to deliver hundreds of thousands of acre-feet of water from the […]

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ARTICLE OF INTEREST … California unveils $1.7 billion plan for rivers, fish. Will it ward off a water war?

Update:  The State Water Board meeting continues.  They are still hearing public comment.  They have yet to make a decision or take a vote.  (Click here to watch on webcast.) I will keep you updated as things progress! In the meantime, here’s the latest article from the Sacramento Bee: “Hoping to head off one of the biggest California water wars […]

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