NEWS WORTH NOTING: New Yolo Bypass fish passage project approved; Attorney General Becerra weighs in on groundwater and the Clean Water Act; EPA receives 51 requests for WIFIA funding; Trump Administration agrees to revisit ocean salmon fishing impact on orcas

New Yolo Bypass Fish Passage Project Approved: Migration Corridor to Protect Endangered Fish From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has secured final state and federal approval for a project that will expand a migration corridor for fish to the Yolo Bypass, the Sacramento Valley’s main floodplain. The project is part of the largest floodplain […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Study: Value of Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Valley restoration could reach $100 billion or more; EPA announces $218 million water infrastructure loan to Silicon Valley Clean Water; U.S. EPA requires U.S. Lubricants Inc. to protect Los Angeles waterways from oil spills

Study: Value of Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Valley Restoration Could Reach $100 Billion or More From Restore Hetch Hetchy: The recreational value of restoring Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Valley could reach $178 million per year, according to a new independent report from ECONorthwest, including: $62 million in visitor spending inside Yosemite National Park, $65 million in spending outside the park, and $51 […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: DWR releases final California Water Plan Update 2018; Senator Harris, Feinstein, colleagues warn USGS of scientific data suppression

DWR Releases Final California Water Plan Update 2018 From the Department of Water Resources: Today, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) released the Final 2018 Update to the California Water Plan. Update 2018 presents a vision for greater collaboration and alignment among water sectors and institutions, sound strategies, and long-term investments needed for the sustainable management of the California’s water […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: WaterNow Toolkit taps into water solutions; New report released on access to water and sanitation in California; Reclamation awards $5.1 million in research for new ways to desalinate and treat water

WaterNow Toolkit Taps into Water Solutions Water utilities have dealt with a plethora of problems related to water provision through traditional infrastructure- e.g., aging systems, growing affordability, equity, and water quality concerns. As a result, localized water infrastructure offers an innovative path for water management. Recently, WaterNow Alliance released the Tap into Resilience Toolkit, an interactive resource designed to help […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Conservation coalition outlines goals for Gov. Newsom’s “water portfolio” plan; EPA releases Cyanobacteria Assessment Network (CyAN) mobile application in the Google Play™ Store

Conservation Coalition Outlines Goals for Gov. Newsom’s “Water Portfolio” Plan A coalition of 55 conservation, fishing, recreation, water policy, and environmental justice groups from throughout California, representing hundreds of thousands of Californians, sent a letter to state officials today thanking the Governor for his “…leadership in tackling California’s water issues.” The letter expresses support of the Newsom’s Water Portfolio planning process and […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: NGOs, conservation groups request posting of all comments and correspondence regarding Delta conveyance, water resilience portfolio; Now Available: 2019 Delta Science Plan

NGOs, conservation groups request posting of all comments and correspondence regarding Delta conveyance, water resilience portfolio Last week, a coalition of conservation, fishing, and water groups sent a letter to Secretary Wade Crowfoot and Secretary Jared Blumenfeld requesting that the Department of Water Resources be required to create a single Delta tunnel project web site and to post all comments […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Rare California salamanders move closer to Endangered Species Act protection; California Invests $1.5 Million to support environmental justice projects statewide; Pesticide problem? There’s an app for that.

Rare California Salamanders Move Closer to Endangered Species Act Protection Salamanders at Risk of Extinction From Plans to Raise Shasta Dam The Center for Biological Diversity and Environmental Protection Information Center secured a victory for three species of Shasta salamanders today: A new settlement will speed up the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision on whether the animals warrant Endangered […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Commissioner Burman takes action to improve Central Valley Project hydropower; Trump Administration to dredge San Francisco Bay to make room for more oil; State Board of Food and Agriculture to meet in San Luis Obispo and seek public input on creating a climate-resilient water system

Commissioner Burman takes action to improve Central Valley Project hydropower From the Bureau of Reclamation: Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman established new policy to improve the long-term viability of Central Valley Project hydropower. The policy direction – focused on cost stability, lost production opportunities, improving the value of the resources and customer service – is a result of a […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Western Senators introduce bipartisan drought legislation; Garamendi secures funding for Central Valley water and flood control projects; Reclamation selects 18 projects to receive $9 million in WaterSMART grants to prepare and build resilience to drought

Western Senators Introduce Bipartisan Drought Legislation From Senator Feinstein’s office: Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) today introduced the bipartisan Drought Resiliency and Water Supply Infrastructure Act, a bill to improve the nation’s water supply and drought resiliency. The legislation builds on Senator Feinstein’s 2016 California drought legislation that was included in […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Joint SWC/DWR funded research sheds new light on endangered chinook salmon on the Sutter Bypass; DISB seeks public comment on draft review of the Interagency Ecological Program; CDFW to host public meetings on lands regulations changes

Joint SWC/DWR Funded Research Sheds New Light on Endangered Chinook Salmon on the Sutter Bypass Findings Reveal More Dynamic Floodplain System than Expected with Implications for Habitat Restoration and Species Management From the State Water Contractors: The State Water Contractors (SWC) partnered with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to fund research that provides new insight into the life […]

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