THIS JUST IN … Biological opinions for long-term operations of the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project released

Paul Souza (USGWS), Barry Thom (NOAA Fisheries) and Ernest Conant (Reclamation) discuss the new biological opinions in a press call The long awaited biological opinions have been released.  Earlier this morning, Paul Souza, Regional Director for the US Fish and Wildlife Service; Barry Thom, NOAA Fisheries Regional Administrator; and Ernest Conant, Director of the Mid Pacific Region of the Bureau […]

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THIS JUST IN … State Water Board Approves Central Valley Water Board Plan to Reduce Nitrate Contamination in Groundwater and Provide Replacement Drinking Water

From the State Water Resources Control Board: The State Water Resources Control Board today approved an ambitious, long-term plan to address the buildup of salt and nitrates in Central Valley groundwater basins and surface water, and ensure delivery of clean drinking water to disadvantaged communities impacted by nitrates until impaired aquifers are restored. Approved after more than 13 years in […]

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THIS JUST IN … Westlands announces termination of Shasta Dam Raise CEQA Analysis

From Westlands Water District: Today, Westlands Water District terminated its preparation of an environmental impact report pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The District was preparing the environmental impact report to assess the effects of raising Shasta Dam, as proposed by the Bureau of Reclamation, including whether the Dam raise would adversely affect the free-flowing conditions of the McCloud […]

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THIS JUST IN … Governor Newsom vetoes SB 1

Governor Gavin Newsom has vetoed Senate Bill 1 with the following message: “I am returning Senate Bill 1 without my signature. The bill would enact the California Enviornmental, Public Health, and Workers Defense Act of 2019 with the intent of ensuring that protections afforded under federal environmental and labor laws and regulations as of January 2017, could remain in place […]

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THIS JUST IN … State Water Board Authorizes Nearly Quarter Billion Dollars to Provide Safe and Affordable Drinking Water

New Web-based Tool Released to Track Progress toward Human Right to Water Goals From the State Water Resources Control Board: The State Water Resources Control Board today authorized spending nearly a quarter billion dollars to help local water systems provide safe, reliable drinking water to communities throughout the state and begin closing the safe drinking water gap for more than […]

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THIS JUST IN … Governor Gavin Newsom Signs Bill Creating Safe Drinking Water Fund

SB 200 establishes a stable ongoing fund to help communities access safe drinking water From the Office of the Governor: SANGER — Governor Gavin Newsom today signed SB 200 by Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel), which establishes the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund to help local water systems provide safe drinking water. In his first week in office, Governor Newsom […]

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THIS JUST IN … CalOES Submits Oroville Spillways Reimbursement Appeal on Behalf of DWR

From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) was notified today that the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) submitted DWR’s Oroville spillways reimbursement appeal to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In March 2019, FEMA notified DWR that it does not consider some spillway reconstruction work to be eligible for reimbursement based on information DWR […]

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THIS JUST IN … DWR Approves Nine Alternatives to Groundwater Sustainability Plans

From the Department of Water Resources: The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced approval of nine alternatives to groundwater sustainability plans (GSPs) submitted by water agencies to meet requirements of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). SGMA requires local agencies throughout the state to sustainably manage groundwater basins. Basins ranked as medium- or high-priority are required to develop GSPs […]

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THIS JUST IN … Administration Sidelines Federal Biologists Who Could Stand in Way of More Water for California Farmers

From KQED: “After rushing forward on a plan to send more water to California’s Central Valley, the Trump Administration has unexpectedly hit the brakes and ordered the work already done by federal scientists to be completed by a different team. Just days before federal biologists were set to release new rules governing the future of endangered salmon and drinking water […]

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