GROUNDWATER RECHARGE: Free webinar to highlight new streamlined permitting process; ACWA’s groundwater replenishment framework

Free ACWA webinar to highlight new state water board streamlined groundwater permit In November the State Water Resources Control Board’s Division of Water Rights announced a new permitting process that provides a streamlined approval approach for diverting and capturing water from high flow events for the purposes of recharging groundwater basins. The streamlined process is intended to directly assist Groundwater Sustainability Agencies […]

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APPOINTMENTS: Governor Newsom makes several regional water board appointments

Last Friday, Governor Newsom announced the following appointments: William Kissinger, 59, of Mill Valley, has been reappointed to the San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2012. Kissinger has been a partner at Morgan Lewis and Bockius since 2014. He was a partner at Bingham McCutchen from 2003 to 2014, senior deputy legal affairs secretary […]

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NEW REPORTS: Innovation in action: 21st century water infrastructure solutions; Funding a future for water in the San Joaquin Valley; Water Smart housing development; Closing the water access gap in the United States

Innovation in Action: 21st Century Water Infrastructure Solutions From the Water Now Alliance: “Innovation in Action: 21st Century Water Infrastructure Solutions,” is a  WaterNow Alliance paper that outlines innovative pathways to a sustainable water future. It reviews state-of-the-art advancements in local water management, and examines forward-thinking strategies that are addressing drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater issues in cities and counties […]

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REACTIONS to State of California’s announcement of intent to litigate

Yesterday, the California Natural Resources Agency released the draft environmental documents for the state process to permit State Water Project operations and announced litigation challenging the federal biological opinion for State Water Project and Central Valley Project operations. Here’s reaction from water agencies.  More will be added as the day progresses, should any more be received. From the Bureau of […]

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REACTIONS (Update): Water agencies, stakeholder groups, and elected officials react to the release of the biological opinions

Today, the Trump Administration released the long-awaited biological opinions.  Here’s what water agencies and stakeholder groups have to say: (Note: I will continue to add to this post as additional statements come in … ) From California’s Democratic delegation: Congressmen John Garamendi (D-CA03), Josh Harder (D-CA10), Jim Costa (D-CA16), and TJ Cox (D-CA21) and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) released […]

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BOOKSHELF: State of the Estuary report; 2019: Pulse of the Bay; Multi-benefit projects

Estuary Report Provides Report Card on Bay and Delta Health Major findings highlight vulnerabilities to sea-level rise From the San Francisco Estuary Partnership: Resiliency is the key issue highlighted in the State of the Estuary Report issued Monday by the San Francisco Estuary Partnership. This is the first report on the health of the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary […]

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NEW REPORTS: Water and land use; Building cities to better support biodiversity; Management considerations for protecting groundwater quality; Innovation drives advances in stormwater capture

Water and Land Use From the Local Government Commission: In 2005, the California Legislature passed new laws that enable communities to join together to adopt Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) policies and practices. This comprehensive planning approach considers water and related land resources as an interconnected regional system rather than as a combination of fragmented parts. Local jurisdictions across the state […]

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VOLUNTARY AGREEMENTS: Environmental NGOs send letter to Governor Newsom outlining concerns

Last week, representatives for the environmental organizations that are actively participating in the Voluntary Agreement process sent a letter to Governor Newsom outlining their concerns and are threatening to leave the process if their concerns not addressed. The groups represented in the letter are American Rivers, Defenders, of Wildlife, Environmental Defense Fund, San Francisco Baykeeper, The Bay Institute, and The […]

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ESTUARY NEWS: Nearing the finish line for invasive spartina eradication efforts; Concerns over Camp Fire runoff into Butte Creek; What Wade Crowfoot thinks about floodplains; How the state plans to better align water management sectors; and more …

Inside the September edition of ESTUARY News: Nearing the finish line of a 10-year marathon in invasive spartina eradication efforts. Concerns about contaminated Camp Fire runoff into Butte Creek, and resulting Chinook salmon survival. Adventures on the Northern half of Bay Trail – a group of women tackle the trail every Sunday for two years, and hope to complete by 2021. […]

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