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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THIS JUST IN … Reclamation seeks comment on proposed changes to its operations in California

Alternatives use new science to optimize water delivery and species protection From the Bureau of Reclamation: The Bureau of Reclamation released a draft environmental impact statement analyzing potential effects associated with long-term water operations for the Central Valley Project and State Water Project. Reclamation’s goal is to incorporate updated science into CVP and SWP operations to optimize water deliveries for […]

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THIS JUST IN … Governor and Legislature Advance Voluntary Agreements in the State Budget

From the Northern California Water Association: On Thursday, the Newsom Administration and the State Legislature approved a commitment of $70 million in the 2019-2020 State Budget for a comprehensive series of innovative fish and wildlife habitat enhancement actions identified in the collaborative Bay-Delta Voluntary Agreement proposals.  This is a significant, early investment in the success of the Voluntary Agreements. The Governor […]

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THIS JUST IN … Trump’s Pending Rules on California Water Marked by Missing Documents and Hurried Reviews, Say Scientists

From KQED: “Independent scientists have raised serious concerns about a Trump administration plan to divert more water to California farmers, according to documents obtained by KQED. In their analyses, they write that the plan poses risks to threatened fish; that the process is rushed; that they didn’t receive enough information to provide a complete scientific review; and that the Trump […]

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THIS JUST IN … Governor Newsom announces appointments and reappointments of several of the state’s top water and wildlife policy officials

From the Office of the Governor: Governor Gavin Newsom today announced several appointments, including the reappointment of several of the state’s top water policy officials at the California Department of Water Resources and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, which are critical to build the Administration’s water resilience portfolio in the coming months, as directed by the Governor’s executive […]

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THIS JUST IN … State Water Project allocations increase to 75 Percent

From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced it will increase the 2019 State Water Project (SWP) allocation to 75 percent from 70 percent. This is the final allocation for the calendar year. The initial allocation in November 2018 was 10 percent. “This winter’s robust storms resulted in above average snowpack and reservoir levels […]

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

South-of-Delta ag allocation now 75% From the Bureau of Reclamation: The Bureau of Reclamation Friday issued updated Central Valley Project South-of-Delta allocations for the 2019 contract year. This update reflects ongoing water supply improvements due to May’s late-season precipitation. “I am pleased to announce that South-of-Delta agricultural water service contractors’ allocations have been increased to 75% of their contract total […]

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

South of Delta ag now at 70%, up from 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 the latest series of storms. With this month’s update, South-of-Delta agricultural water service contractors’ allocations are increased to 70% […]

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