THIS JUST IN … Court of Appeal rules on San Diego-Metropolitan rate case; both sides claim victory

The Court of Appeal ruled today in the San Diego County Water Authority vs. Metropolitan Water District rate case.  By my quick skim of the decision, it looks rather mixed with some things being remanded to the trial court.  An appeal to the Supreme court is likely, notes San Diego in their press release, so it’s probably not over yet.  […]

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THIS JUST IN … State Launches Aggressive Strategy to Aid Salmon, Steelhead in the Sacramento Valley

Actions Aim to Reduce Threats to Iconic Species From the California Natural Resources Agency: With the latest science showing that nearly half of California’s native salmon and trout species face extinction in the next 50 years, state agencies have committed to a suite of actions to improve survival rates, including restoring habitat, improving stream flow, removing stream barriers and reintroducing […]

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THIS JUST IN … ASDSO and USSD comments on current state of Oroville Spillway incident investigation

From the Association of State Dam Officials and United States Society on Dams: The Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) and the United States Society on Dams (USSD) are nationally and internationally recognized organizations consisting of dam engineering professionals who are committed to advancing the profession of dam engineering and dam safety. On behalf of the U.S. and international […]

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THIS JUST IN … Fifth Memo from Board of Consultants on Oroville Spillways Available

From the Department of Water Resources: The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today posted the fifth memo prepared by the independent Board of Consultants (BOC) regarding the spillways at Lake Oroville. Following prior protocol set for the release of all BOC documents, the memo has been released with Critical Energy Infrastructure Information (CEII) redacted. The BOC is tasked with […]

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THIS JUST IN … New Report Shows 74 Percent of California’s Native Salmon, Steelhead and Trout Likely to Be Extinct in 100 Years, 45 Percent in 50 Years if Trends Continue

“State of the Salmonids II: Fish in Hot Water” report details crisis, IDs opportunities to reverse trend From Cal Trout: Fish and watershed advocacy group California Trout (CalTrout) and University of California Davis, Center for Watershed Sciences, provided key results from an in-depth report today detailing the status of 32 types of salmon, steelhead, and trout that are native to […]

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THIS JUST IN … DWR Releases Initial Findings from Forensics Team Regarding Lake Oroville Spillways

From the Department of Water Resources: The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today made public a memo from the independent Forensics Team, which outlines a list of potential physical factors that may have contributed to the Lake Oroville gated (main) spillway failure on Feb. 7. “This memo outlines the potential causes of the main spillway failure, which will be […]

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THIS JUST IN … Final Survey of 2017 Finds Water-Rich Snowpack: Statewide 196% of May 1st average

  From the Department of Water Resources: Today’s manual snow survey by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada found a Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) of 27.8 inches, 190 percent of the May 1 long-term average there (14.6 inches). Electronic measurements indicate the water content of the statewide snowpack today is 42.5 inches, 196 […]

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THIS JUST IN … State Water Board Rescinds Mandatory Conservation Standards

Reporting Requirements and Prohibition on Water Waste Remain From the State Water Resources Control Board: Today the State Water Resources Control Board rescinded the water supply “stress test” requirements and remaining mandatory conservation standards for urban water suppliers while keeping in place the water use reporting requirements and prohibitions against wasteful practices. The action by State Water Board Executive Director […]

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THIS JUST IN … State Water Project Deliveries Increased

State Water Project allocation 100% for North-of-Delta contractors; 85% for other contractors From the Department of Water Resources: With record rainfall in the Northern Sierra and the snowpack still building, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) today increased its estimate of this year’s State Water Project (SWP) supply to 100 percent for contractors north of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and […]

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THIS JUST IN … Northern Sierra Precipitation Sets Water Year Record

Atmospheric Rivers Pushed Total to 89.7 Inches since October 1 From the Department of Water Resources: Never in nearly a century of Department of Water Resources (DWR) recordkeeping has so much precipitation fallen in the northern Sierra in a water year. DWR reported today that 89.7 inches of precipitation – rain and snowmelt – has been recorded by the eight […]

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