NEWS WORTH NOTING: Wildlife Conservation Board funds environmental improvement and acquisition projects; Harmful algal bloom season beginning in California’s waterways; Weekly water and climate update: Western drought intensifies and expands

Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Environmental Improvement and Acquisition Projects From the California Department of Fish and Wildlife: At its May 24 quarterly meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $13 million in grants to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat throughout California. Some of the 12 approved projects will benefit fish and wildlife—including some endangered species—while others […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Reclamation pauses Klamath Project deliveries through May 26; Delta Conservancy Hosting Workshop for the Central Delta Corridor Conservation Strategy on June 5

Reclamation pauses Klamath Project deliveries through May 26 Officials work with other partners in the basin to provide water to Project contractors to get through end of month From the Bureau of Reclamation: The Bureau of Reclamation’s Klamath Basin Area Office has notified Klamath Project irrigators that they must temporarily restrict taking water deliveries from the Klamath Project due to […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Legislative hearing requested for State Water Project contract extension amendment; Long-term conservation legislation maintains appropriate local control; California Water Alliance issues statement opposing Prop 68

Legislative hearing requested for State Water Project contract extension amendment Informational hearing before the Legislature required at least 60 days prior to approval of the contract extension As part of the construction of the State Water Project, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) in the 1960s entered into water supply contracts with public water agencies located in northern California, the […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Congressman McNerney blasts attempt to block Delta tunnels litigation; Water efficiency bills head to the Governor for signature

Congressman McNerney blasts attempt to block Delta tunnels litigation From Congressman Jerry McNerney’s office: In response to the inclusion of an outlier provision in the FY 2019 Interior and Environment funding bill – which would exempt the Environmental Impact Report and the Environmental Impact Statement for the California WaterFix plan from state or federal judicial review – Congressman Jerry McNerney […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Congressman Costa Crosses Party Lines to Bring More Water to the Valley

Congressman Costa Crosses Party Lines to Bring More Water to the Valley From Congressman Jim Costa’s office: Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) again crossed party lines in the House Natural Resources Committee to support two bills that could dramatically improve the reliability and quantity of Valley water supplies. The first bill – introduced by Representatives Ken Calvert (CA-42) and Costa […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Administrative Hearing Office proposed for State Water Board; Public Review of Final South Sacramento Habitat Conservation Plan; Attorney General Becerra and San Diego Water Board file Notice of Intent to Sue over Tijuana River sewage

Administrative Hearing Office Proposed for State Water Resources Control Board From Best Best & Krieger: With the release of California’s budget trailer bill came proposed new legislation on Friday that would add an Administrative Hearing Office within the State Water Resources Control Board. If passed, the newly formed Administrative Hearing Office would provide a neutral, fair and efficient forum for […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Congressmen Costa, Denham, Garamendi, and McClintock introduce legislation to update water infrastructure projects; Weekly water and climate update: May western snowpack and water supply conditions

Congressmen Costa, Denham, Garamendi, and McClintock Introduce Legislation to Update Water Infrastructure Projects In their ongoing work to improve access to safe and reliable water, Congressmen Jim Costa (D-CA-16), Jeff Denham (R-CA-10), John Garamendi (D-CA-3), and Tom McClintock (R-CA-4) introduced H.R 5726, the Non-Federal Reservoir Operations Improvement Act, in the House of Representatives today. If enacted, the bipartisan legislation would […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Impacts of climate change in CA significant and increasingly stark, new report says; Collaboration: The new wave of water management; DWR announces new Deputy Director Kris Tjernell; Jason Peltier to lead new chapter in Coalition for a Sustainable Delta’s efforts

Impacts of climate change in California significant and increasingly stark, new report says Pioneering efforts to reduce climate change drivers are working, but climate adaptation and mitigation efforts must continue From Cal EPA: From record temperatures to proliferating wildfires and rising seas, California is already feeling the significant and growing effects of climate change, according to a new report released […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: 60+ SoCal groups urge support for WaterFix in letter to CA Assembly; Survey shows overwhelming support for new water projects in San Bernardino County; Salton Sea Management Plan: Overview and Update

60+ SoCal Groups Urge Support for WaterFix in Letter to CA Assembly From the Southern California Water Coalition: In advance of tomorrow’s CA Assembly joint hearing on the status of CA WaterFix, SCWC along with more than 60Southern California groups representing a variety of industries and parts of our region has submitted a coalition letter in support of the project. […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Repairs underway on California Aqueduct; Reclamation begins emergency dilution flows in Klamath River; Appeal urges water board to halt oil-waste dumping into polluting pits in Kern County

Repairs underway on California Aqueduct From the Department of Water Resources: Repairs to a portion of the California Aqueduct near Gustine in Merced County have been temporarily delayed due to a rupture in a water-filled cofferdam that was used to divert water for construction activities. As a result, water re-entered the aqueduct. DWR has contacted the manufacturer of the water-filled […]

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