Fishing and river groups weigh in on the Voluntary Agreements

Their analysis concludes that the voluntary agreements as proposed could worsen conditions in the Delta Last week, the Department of Water Resources and the Department of Fish and Wildlife submitted a proposal to the State Water Board as an alternative to the update of the Bay Delta Plan.  The submittal for the agreement was signed by 44 individuals, representing mainly […]

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REACTIONS (UPDATED) from agencies, legislators, and organizations to Governor Newsom’s announcements on Cal Water Fix, New State Water Board Chair

Plus a wrap-up of media coverage of today’s events In Governor Newsom’s State of the State address earlier today, he expressed his support for a single-tunnel option and named Joaquin Esquivel to be the new Chair of the State Water Board. Here are reactions from organizations and legislators, in alphabetical order; news coverage follows.  (I will update this post this […]

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CA WEATHER BLOG: Strong but complex storm sequence this week will bring rain, wind, and flood concerns to California

  From Daniel Swain at the California Weather Blog: Remember, two blog posts ago, when I mentioned that the recent split of the stratospheric polar vortex might lead to a highly persistent ridging pattern over the Pacific lasting multiple weeks? Well, that did happen…except that the ridge set up farther west than anticipated at the time. Thus, instead of a […]

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REACTIONS: (updated) Congressman McCarthy, Coalition for Sustainable Delta, CA Farm Water Coalition and Golden Gate Salmon Association react to release of new Biological Assessment of CVP/SWP operations

Yesterday, the Bureau of Reclamation released a new biological assessment for the re-initiation of consultation on the coordinated long-term operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project.  Here’s what the California Farm Water Coalition and the Golden Gate Salmon Association had to say: From the California Farm Water Coalition: “Recognizing the failure of the existing biological opinions issued […]

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CA WEATHER BLOG: Wet and stormy week ahead for all of California; Dipole pattern to follow

From Daniel Swain at the California Weather Blog: “Despite a relatively dry start to winter across most of the state, recent precipitation has brought seasonal rain totals closer to average for this time of year. Much of Southern California is now near to slightly above average for the season to date; NorCal remains slightly below average. The same goes for […]

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APPOINTMENTS: Governor Newsom Appoints Natural Resources and Labor Secretaries, Senior Advisors, and Communications Staff

Wade Crowfoot appointed Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the appointment of his California Natural Resources Agency Secretary and California Labor and Workforce Development Agency Secretary, and senior advisors and members of the communications team in the Governor’s Office. Wade Crowfoot, 45, of Oakland, has been appointed Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency. […]

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CA WEATHER BLOG: Stormy pattern on California’s doorstep; will help mitigate early-season rain & snow deficits

A relatively dry/warm start to winter, but pattern change imminent From Daniel Swain at the California Weather Blog: “Most of California has received less precipitation than average so far this Water Year (since Oct 1), and the Sierra Nevada snowpack is lagging even further behind precipitation (due to the relative warmth in the mountains). But the season is still young, […]

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BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Agreement reached on Coordinated Operation Agreement for the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project, cost sharing; Water agencies respond

Agreement reached on Coordinated Operation Agreement for the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project, cost sharing From the Department of Water Resources: Yesterday, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the Bureau of Reclamation reached agreement on updating how the State Water Project (SWP) and Central Valley Water Project (CVP) are operated to meet environmental regulations. “The state […]

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MORE REACTIONS: Reclamation, Feinstein, Costa, Gray, and MID react to voluntary agreements and State Water Board vote on San Joaquin River tributary flow standards

From the Bureau of Reclamation: Statement from Brenda Burman, Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation: I am very proud of the accomplishments we have made with the state and with our partners on the framework for voluntary agreements to address water flow issues in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Basins. I am also extremely pleased that we were able to reach […]

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FINAL DOCUMENTS: Department of Water Resources releases final EIR for the State Water Project contract extensions

From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources has completed the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the Water Supply Contract Extension Project, in compliance with CEQA.  The FEIR can be found in the Water Supply Contract Extension Project website:  https://water.ca.gov/Programs/State-Water-Project/Management/Water-Supply-Contract-Extension The Department will hold a public meeting to discuss the documents on Friday from 11am to 1pm at […]

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