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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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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THIS JUST IN … DWR announces draft Basin Prioritization under SGMA for 57 modified basins

From the Department of Water Resources: “The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced draft basin prioritization for 57 groundwater basins recently affected by basin boundary changes under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). For more than 75 percent of these basins, the results are a confirmation of prioritizations established in 2015. “SGMA is a pillar of the department’s integrated, […]

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THIS JUST IN … Governor Newsom directs state agencies to prepare water resilience portfolio for California

The plan will assess conditions, identify priorities, and emphasize regional approaches This afternoon, Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order directing state agencies to collaborate on developing a water plan that identifies priorities for building a water resilient portfolio and creating a water system that will meet the water needs of California’s communities, economy, and the environment into the future. “California’s […]

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THIS JUST IN … Imperial Irrigation District files suit in Superior Court over Drought Contingency Plan; Metropolitan responds *UPDATED with coverage from The Desert Sun*

Petition alleges CEQA violations by Metropolitan Water District From the Imperial Irrigation District: On the same day President Trump signed the Drought Contingency Plan into law, Imperial Irrigation District filed a petition in Los Angeles Superior Court alleging violations of the California Environmental Quality Act by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. The petition calls on the court to […]

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THIS JUST IN … Reclamation updates 2019 Central Valley Project South-of-Delta water allocations

South of Delta agriculture allocation raised to 65% From the Bureau of Reclamation: The Bureau of Reclamation Wednesday issued updated Central Valley Project South-of-Delta allocations for the 2019 contract year. This update reflects ongoing water supply improvements due to continued precipitation in March and early April. “This has been a great year for California’s water supply,” said Mid-Pacific Regional Director […]

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THIS JUST IN … California Water Board Adopts Statewide Wetland Definition and Procedures

Effort Protects Environmentally Sensitive Waterways from Dredge and Fill Activities From the State Water Resources Control Board: The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) today adopted rules to protect wetlands and other environmentally sensitive waterways throughout the state. More than 90 percent of California’s historic wetlands have been lost to development and other human activity. Wetlands are a […]

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THIS JUST IN … Water flows down Oroville Spillway for the first time (Video!! More video!!)

Courtesy of Sacramento Valley Water, video of water flowing down the Oroville Spillway for the first time … From the Department of Water Resources .. ——————————————– Sign up for daily email service and you’ll always be one of the first to know! Sign up for daily emails and get all the Notebook’s aggregated and original water news content delivered to […]

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