NEWS WORTH NOTING: LAO report on 2019-20 budget spending on resources and environmental protection; Reclamation awards $1 million in CALFED grants; Metropolitan Water District names dam after Western water legend

LAO Report: The 2019-20 Budget: California Spending Plan-Resources and Environmental Protection The 2019-20 budget includes over $12 billion for the state’s natural resources and environmental protection programs. This post describes budgetary actions related to the annual cap-and-trade expenditure plan, support for a new safe and affordable drinking water program, funding for a variety of wildfire prevention and response activities, as […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: State Water Contractors provide $7 Million in funding for the Tule Red Tidal Restoration Project; New SGMA resource on water quality available from the State Water Board

State Water Contractors Provide $7 Million in Funding for the Tule Red Tidal Restoration Project Tidal Restoration Project Restores Nearly 420 Acres of Wetland Habitat in Suisun Marsh for Endangered & Threatened Fish Species Delta Smelt, Chinook Salmon and Longfin Smelt For the State Water Contractors: The State Water Contractors (SWC) provided $7.7 million for the Tule Red Tidal Restoration Project, […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Statewide well test results for contaminants PFOA and PFOS now available through web-based maps; State Water Board set to consider CV-SALTS program

Statewide Well Test Results for Contaminants PFOA and PFOS Now Available Through Web-based Maps Comprehensive Assessment to Continue with Updated Data From the State Water Board: The State Water Resources Control Board today posted the first results of testing for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) for nearly 600 drinking water supply wells, part of a comprehensive effort to […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Reclamation, SLDMWA release revised final EIS for long-term transfers; Metropolitan, Sanitation districts launch new water recycling demonstration plant; LADWP’s Upper Stone Canyon Reservoir returns to service with newly installed floating cover

Reclamation, SLDMWA complete reviews of alternatives to address potential Bay-Delta water supply shortages Revised final EIS for long-term transfers released The Bureau of Reclamation and the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority today finalized federal and state environmental reports that analyze potential impacts of approving water transfers to increase water reliability for those suffering shortages during dry times. The long-term […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Another reach, another refuge: Rio Vista side channel habitat project; WE Watch urges local water providers to opt-out of costly delta conveyance project; U.S. EPA requires safer management of hazardous waste at NAS China Lake

Sacramento Valley: Another reach, another refuge: Rio Vista side channel habitat project Press release from Upper Sacramento River Anadromous Fish Habitat Restoration Program and the Glenn Colusa Irrigation District: A salmon habitat project is underway just outside the City of Red Bluff in Tehama County. One of several such in the North State, the Rio Vista Side Channel Habitat Project […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Natural Resources Agency announces awards to protect cultural, community and natural resources; Success dam renamed Richard L. Schafer Dam in ceremony; Perris Dam Seismic Retrofit enters second phase; EPA launches Agriculture Smart Sectors Program to achieve better environmental outcomes

Natural Resources Agency Announces Awards to Protect Cultural, Community and Natural Resources From the California Natural Resources Agency: The California Natural Resources Agency today announced $37 million in funding for 21 projects under its Cultural, Community and Natural Resources grant program funded by Proposition 68. In 2018, California voters passed the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Water Year 2020 begins with robust reservoir storage; Quirk Bill will address dangerous toxic algal blooms in California’s waters; Vicki Kretsinger Grabert to be honored with an Award of Distinction at UC Davis; Judge rules, petitioners prepare for appeal in Siskiyou County CEQA lawsuit

Water Year 2020 begins with robust reservoir storage From the Department of Water Resources: California begins a new water year today with significantly more water in storage than the previous year thanks to above-average snow and precipitation. Lake Oroville, the State Water Project’s (SWP) largest reservoir, is currently at 102 percent of average for the date compared to just 62 […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: PPIC: Water policy priorities for a changing California; Lawsuit filed over failure to protect SF Bay’s salt ponds; Report: Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ widespread in CA drinking water sources; Study indicates oilfield activities have increased groundwater salinity in Western Kern County

Water Policy Priorities for a Changing California From the PPIC: How will climate change affect California water management, and what steps should the state take to prepare for these changes? The PPIC Water Policy Center was asked by the Newsom administration to submit formal comments outlining key water policy priorities for the state—and ways to integrate actions across state agencies […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Delta Conveyance DCA establishes new Delta Stakeholder Engagement Committee; Water and climate update: First snowfall in the Sierra Nevada

Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority Establishes New Delta Stakeholder Engagement Committee The Board of Directors of the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority (DCA), an independent joint powers authority tasked with design and engineering work to support the state’s effort to modernize Delta conveyance, voted today to establish a new Delta Stakeholder Engagement Committee. This committee – appointed by […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Alan Lilly selected as first Administrative Hearings Officer for the State Water Board; The Nature Conservancy releases Critical Species LookBook; Final comprehensive monitoring report of Malibu Lagoon indicates proven success towards project goals

State Water Board Selects Alan Lilly as First Administrative Hearings Officer for Specified Water Rights Proceedings Appointment Follows 2018 Legislative Mandate for Administrative Hearings Office Today the State Water Resources Control Board announced the appointment of veteran water right attorney Alan Lilly as its first Presiding Hearing Officer to lead the State Water Board’s new Administrative Hearings Office, created by […]

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