NEWS WORTH NOTING: LAO Report: Preparing for rising seas: How the state can help support local coastal adaptation efforts; CDFW awards $11.35 million for greenhouse gas reduction grant projects; Metropolitan to help fund San Diego’s Pure Water recycling facility

LAO Report: Preparing for rising seas: How the state can help support local coastal adaptation efforts From the Legislative Analyst’s Office: In recent years, California has taken steps to limit the effects of climate change by enacting policies and programs to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. While these efforts—if combined with similar global initiatives—ultimately may constrain the total amount of […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: How Bay Area water agencies delivered reliable water service during power shutoffs; DWR awards $24.2 million for desalination projects; IID seeks resolution over mitigation water delivered to Salton Sea in 2010

How Bay Area water agencies delivered reliable water service during power shutoffs From the Contra Costa Water District: Last week, the Bay Area experienced the first significant rain of this winter, signaling an end to the 2019 wildfire season – and likely for accompanying public safety power shutoffs (PSPS). Under Pacific Gas & Electric’s pre-emptive power shutoffs, many people and […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: PPIC Report: A path forward for California’s freshwater ecosystems; Reclamation, DWR move forward with seismic upgrades at B.F. Sisk Dam; Reclamation seeks public comment on the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline Project

PPIC Report: A path forward for California’s freshwater ecosystems From the PPIC: Californians rely on freshwater ecosystems for many things: water supply, hydropower, recreation, fisheries, flood risk reduction, biodiversity, and more. These ecosystems—and the social, economic and environmental benefits they provide—are part of the state’s natural infrastructure. But they are changing in undesirable ways in response to water and land use, […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Reclamation seeks input for Friant-Kern Canal fix; State Water Board adopts 2019 Ocean Plan review that ranks important water quality issues

Reclamation seeks input for Friant-Kern Canal fix Proposed project would repair critical water delivery system for farms and cities The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking public input about its plan to restore a subsidence-impacted, 33-mile stretch of the Friant-Kern Canal (FKC) that has lost over half of its original designed and built capacity to subsidence – a sinking of the […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: San Diego County Water Authority takes actions to advance rate case settlement with MWD; Wildlife Conservation Board funds environmental improvement and acquisition projects; DWR files final application with FERC for relicensing of Devil Canyon Project

San Diego County Water Authority takes actions to advance rate case settlement with MWD Commitment to settlement remains strong; ratepayer protections critical to any deal Press release from the San Diego County Water Authority: The San Diego County Water Authority’s Board officers today thanked the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California for making a public offer to settle litigation over […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: DWR issues notice for soil investigations for data collection in the Delta; Delta Stewardship Council completes first five-year review of Delta Plan; IID Board issues letter in support of New River emergency

Soil Investigations for Data Collection in the Delta Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration From the Department of Water Resources: Today, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) released an Initial Study/proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) for soil investigations in the Delta. The proposed data collection, soil samples and surveys would support DWR’s efforts to better understand the region’s geology […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Metropolitan statement on offer to compromise to San Diego County Water Authority; New FAQ sheet on the State Water Project; IID Board sets parameters for future Colorado River negotiations

Metropolitan statement on offer to compromise to San Diego County Water Authority From the Metropolitan Water District: Gloria Gray, chairwoman of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Board of Directors, issued the following statement on Metropolitan’s offer to compromise to the San Diego County Water Authority: “Today, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has made a statutory offer […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: State Water Board streamlines permitting process for diversions of floodwaters to underground storage; CVPIA completes Rio Vista Side Channel Fish Habitat Project; Reclamation awards funding to two CA projects to develop water marketing strategies

State Water Board streamlines permitting process for diversions of floodwater and other high flows to support groundwater sustainability From the State Water Resources Control Board: In an effort to expedite its water right permitting process, the State Water Resources Control Board announced today it has streamlined requirements for applicants seeking to divert surface water to underground storage during floods and […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING, weekend interesting stuff edition: Feds rule American River hydroproject does not need CA water quality certification; AG Becerra secures settlement against Westlands for Shasta Dam project; Orange County breaks ground on project to recycle 100% of wastewater

Feds undermine Clean Water Act protections – American River project center stage of national precedent From the South Yuba River Citizens League, Foothills Water Network, and the Hydropower Reform Coalition: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) recently ruled that California does not need to provide water quality certification for the Middle Fork American Hydroelectric Project (Middle Fork Project) in Placer […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Sonoma County: New groundwater monitoring wells will provide ‘picture’ of underground water connections; PCFFA, Coalition protests Grasslands Bypass Project permit extension; The Trump administration continues to streamline and modernize EPA

Sonoma County: New groundwater monitoring wells will provide ‘picture’ of underground water connections From the Sonoma Water: During the months of October and November, up to 21 groundwater monitoring wells will be drilled near Sonoma County creeks to provide new information to managers and the public on the link between groundwater and stream flows. Coordination and construction of the wells […]

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