THIS JUST IN … State Water Board Announces New Executive Director

Former Federal Official Eileen Sobeck Brings 40 Years of Government Experience From the State Water Resources Control Board: After a lengthy, competitive, and deliberative process, the State Water Resources Control Board has named Eileen Sobeck as its next Executive Director.  She replaces Tom Howard, who retired in May 2017. After reviewing a wealth of qualified applicants, the State Water Board […]

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THIS JUST IN … California WaterFix Reaches Key Milestone as State Environmental Review Is Certified

From the Department of Water Resources: Clearing another major milestone toward the modernization of the state’s water delivery system, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today certified the environmental analysis of the California WaterFix. Today’s announcement follows recent federal biological opinions that confirm the project is consistent with environmental and wildlife protection standards. “Today, we have reached our next […]

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THIS JUST IN … Governor Brown appoints new Director of the Department of Water Resources

From the Office of the Governor: Grant Davis, 54, of Petaluma, has been appointed director of the California Department of Water Resources. Davis has been general manager of the Sonoma County Water Agency since 2009, where he was assistant general manager from 2007 to 2009. The agency provides wholesale water, wastewater treatment and flood control. It is the largest energy […]

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THIS JUST IN … HR 23 passes House 230 – 190: Early reactions from Costa, Garamendi, McNerney, and Nunes

This afternoon, the House of Representatives passed HR 23, the Gaining Responsibility on Water Act, by a vote of 230 to 190, largely along party lines.  The bill now moves to the Senate, where Senators Feinstein and Harris have already stated their opposition. Here are reactions I have received so far, listed in alphabetical order … surely more reactions from […]

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THIS JUST IN … Governor Brown writes Speaker Ryan, opposing HR 23, Gaining Responsibility on Water (GROW) Act of 2017

“Commandeering our laws for purposes defined in Washington is not right,” says Governor Brown Governor Brown has sent a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan opposing HR 23, the Gaining Responsibility on Water (GROW) Act of 2017.  The House is expected to take up the bill sometime this week. For all posts regarding H.R. 23 posted on Maven’s Notebook, click here. […]

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THIS JUST IN … House expected this week to take up HR 23, the Gaining Responsibility on Water Act; Feinstein, Harris oppose bill

Action expected on California water issues in Washington this week as the house will take up H.R. 23, the Gaining Responsibility on Water Act, authored by Congressman David Valadao.   Mr. Valadao says his legislation will restore “water reliability to California communities by codifying the bipartisan Bay-Delta Accord. It also reforms onerous federal laws – such as the Central Valley […]

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THIS JUST IN … Fishing and Conservation Groups Sue to Block Delta Tunnels Project

Federal Agencies Approve ‘WaterFix’ Acknowledging It Will Harm Fish and Wildlife From the Natural Resources Defense Council: Conservation and fishing groups filed litigation today challenging the biological opinions issued Monday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service that pave the way for construction and operation of California WaterFix, the massive tunnels project that experts say […]

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MEDIA CALL: Federal fish agencies and water agencies discuss the California Water Fix biological opinions

Today, with the release of the biological opinions, federal fish agencies and the water agencies held a media call.  On the call was Paul Souza, Pacific Southwest Regional Director for US FWS; Barry Thom, West Coast Regional Administrator for NOAA Fisheries; David Murillo, Regional Director for Bureau of Reclamation Mid-Pacific Region; and Michelle Banonis, Assistant Chief Deputy Director at the […]

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THIS JUST IN … California WaterFix Receives Authorization under the U.S. Endangered Species Act

From the Department of Water Resources: “Federal agencies responsible for the protection of species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) today provided biological opinions on the proposed construction and operation of California WaterFix. These biological opinions allow WaterFix to continue moving toward construction as early as 2018. This important project is designed to ensure a reliable water source for […]

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THIS JUST IN … California Water Fix biological opinions posted

From NOAA: California WaterFix is an infrastructure project that would include constructing two tunnels to convey water from the north to the south Delta. The purpose of WaterFix is to modernize water infrastructure and provide a secure and reliable source of water to meet the needs of farmers and communities, while including measures to address the needs of fish and […]

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