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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REACTIONS: Legislators, NGOs, farmers, and water interests react to passage and imminent veto of SB 1

Late Friday night, the California legislature passed Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the California Environmental, Public Health and Workers Defense Act.  Governor Newsom has indicated he will veto the measure.  Here are the responses from legislators, NGOs, water agencies, and farmers: Joint statement by Senator Feinstein and others: Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congressmen John Garamendi, Josh Harder, Jim Costa and […]

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LETTER: Senator Feinstein praises Newsom decision to support a single Delta tunnel project

“I believe it is critical that California build a single tunnel to improve Delta conveyance,” she says. Last week, Senator Feinstein sent a letter to Governor Newsom praising his decision to revoke approvals of the California Water Fix project and instead proceed towards a single tunnel project. In her letter, she cited the importance of modernizing the state’s infrastructure to […]

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REACTIONS: Water agencies, environmental organizations, legislators, and Delta stakeholders react to single-tunnel Delta conveyance project *UPDATED*

Today, Natural Resources Agency announced that the Department of Water Resources will cease pursuit of permits for a twin tunnel conveyance project and instead advance a single-tunnel conveyance project for the Bay Delta. Here’s what water agencies and organizations had to say.  (As I receive statements, I will continue to post them here.) From Christie Kalkowski, Bureau of Reclamation, Acting […]

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REACTIONS: Organizations and water agencies react to Governor Newsom’s Water Resilience Plan

Yesterday, Governor Newsom signed an Executive Order directing the Secretaries of Natural Resources, California Department of Food and Ag, and Cal EPA to prepare a Water Resilience Plan that will create a water system to the water needs of California’s communities, economy, and the environment into the future. Here’s what organizations had to say: (If I receive additional statements, I […]

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AFTERNOON NEWS FLASH … Public Meetings on Permitting for Long-term Operations of the State Water Project Planned

From the Department of Water Resources: Today, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) issued notice that it will seek an updated environmental permit to operate the State Water Project through a state-based approach in partnership with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). The department’s notice that it will prepare an Environmental Impact Report for long-term operation of the […]

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