NEWS WORTH NOTING: Sites Reservoir project draws criticism from fishermen, tribes, and conservation groups; Groups warn Feinstein a “dark ethical cloud” hangs over Bernhardt

Sites Reservoir project draws criticism from fishermen, tribes, and conservation groups Sites Reservoir project threatens fisheries in two watersheds, Environmental review short on facts, they say From the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations. the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, and Save California salmon: A coalition of 27 fishermen, Native Americans and environmental organizations sent a letter expressing concerns about the impacts […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Reclamation’s Colorado River Basin inflow projections reflect improved hydrological conditions in 2019

Reclamation’s Colorado River Basin inflow projections reflect improved hydrological conditions in 2019 From the Bureau of Reclamation: The Bureau of Reclamation today updated its monthly 24-month study projections, indicating improved hydrological conditions throughout the Colorado River Basin. Current snowpack in the Upper Basin is nearly 140 percent of average, with a forecasted inflow to Lake Powell of 92 percent of […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Garamendi introduces bill to support CA water infrastructure projects; Winnemem Wintu Tribe and W.A.T.E.R. challenge Crystal Geyser EIR in opening brief; Lahontan Water Board accepts Lake Tahoe Nearshore Plan

Garamendi Introduces Bill to Support California Water Infrastructure Projects From the Office of Congressman John Garamendi: Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) introduced bipartisan legislation (H.R.1764) to support local water infrastructure projects. Congressmen Ken Calvert (R-CA) and Rob Woodall (R-GA) are cosponsors. Congressman Garamendi’s legislation (H.R.1764) would extend the maximum term for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits issued under […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Sen. Dodd’s twin tunnels oversight bill advances; State Water Board announces investigation and sampling of potential sources of PFAS; Water rights compliance checklist for 2019

Sen. Dodd’s Twin Tunnels Oversight Bill Advances From the Office of Senator Bill Dodd: A bill from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that would increase legislative oversight of the controversial Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta WaterFix project and allow for more public scrutiny has cleared its first committee hurdle. Senate Bill 204 passed the Natural Resources and Water committee Tuesday on a 6-0 […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: New governor brings hope for a new partnership on the Merced River; Sierra Nevada Conservancy awards over $26 million for forest health projects; Lawsuits target Trump’s war on transparency at EPA, Interior Department

New Governor Brings Hope for a New Partnership on the Merced River An open letter to Governor Newsom from the Merced Irrigation District Board of Directors We, the Board of Directors of the Merced Irrigation District (MID), want to commend Governor Newsom for his recent changes in appointments to the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB). We believe those changes, […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: President proposes $1.1 billion budget for Reclamation in fiscal year 2020; California groups issue Bernhardt warning; EDF, Audubon urge CA to finalize Drought Contingency Plan

President proposes $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2020 budget for Bureau of Reclamation From the Bureau of Reclamation: President Donald Trump today proposed a $1.1 billion Fiscal Year 2020 budget for the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation. The budget supports the Administration’s and Interior’s goals of ensuring reliable and environmentally responsible delivery of water and power for farms, […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: DWR, State Water Contractors respond to FEMA Reimbursement for Oroville Spillways Work; Wildlife Conservation Board funds environmental improvement and acquisition projects

DWR, State Water Contractors respond to FEMA Reimbursement for Oroville Spillways Work From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today received notification that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved $205 million in federal funds to reimburse the state for spillway reconstruction costs related to the 2017 Oroville Dam spillways incident. These funds are in […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Senator Melissa Hurtado introduces legislation to invest $400 million to fix Friant-Kern Canal; ‘Slightly improved’ forecast for CA’s 2019 ocean salmon season

Senator Melissa Hurtado Introduces Bipartisan Supported Legislation to Invest $400 Million to Fix Friant-Kern Canal  Restoring Water Supply in the Central Valley From the Office of Senator Melissa Hurtado: Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger), representing the 14th Senate District in California, along with principal co-authors Senator Andreas Borgeas (R-Fresno), Assemblymember Devon Mathis (R-Visalia), Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno), and Assemblymember Rudy […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Congress passes Garamendi’s Delta National Heritage Area Act; Good salmon forecast for 2019 suggests plentiful fishing; Reclamation increasing releases into Sacramento River for storage management

Congress passes Garamendi’s Delta National Heritage Area Act From the Office of Congressman John Garamendi: Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Davis, Fairfield, Yuba City) announced the House passage of the Sacramento-San Joaquin National Heritage Area Act. The legislation passed by a vote of 363 to 62. The bill provides $10 million for community-based efforts to conserve the Delta’s cultural heritage, historical landmarks, and […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Hydrilla eradicated from Shasta County; Department of Fish and Wildlife conducts watershed study in Humboldt County

Hydrilla eradicated from Shasta County From the Department of Food and Agriculture: The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), working in cooperation with the Shasta County Agricultural Commissioner’s office, has eradicated two hydrilla infestations within the cites of Redding and Anderson, ending a quarantine that began on July 18, 1996. Hydrilla, an invasive aquatic weed, was last detected in […]

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