NEWS WORTH NOTING: DWR provides update on Lake Oroville Spillway repair work; Spring Delta waterway clean up; New Delta tourism and recreation website

DWR Provides Update on Lake Oroville Spillway Repair Work From the Department of Water Resources: The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today released all three of the reports prepared by the independent Board of Consultants about the damaged spillways at Lake Oroville. The reports have been released with Critical Energy Infrastructure Information (CEII) redacted. DWR will follow this same […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Michelle Banonis appointed Assistant Chief Deputy Director at the Department of Water Resources; Weekly water and climate update: Sierra snowpack greater than last four years combined

Michelle Banonis appointed Assistant Chief Deputy Director at the Department of Water Resources From the Office of the Governor: Michelle Banonis, 40, of Sacramento, has been appointed assistant chief deputy director at the California Department of Water Resources. Banonis has been area manager for the Bay Delta Office at the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation since 2016, where she has served […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Coalition: Delta Plan amendments miss the boat; New report reveals human impacts of nearly two decades of water cuts in CA, Coalition for a Sustainable Delta and CA Farm water coalition respond

Delta and Environmental Justice Coalition: Delta Plan Amendments Miss the Boat From Restore the Delta: On April 18, Restore the Delta and The Environmental Justice Coalition for Water sent a joint letter in opposition to the Delta Stewardship Council’s proposed amendments for surface storage, conveyance, and performance measures to the Delta Plan. The amendments lack a true needs assessment for […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: DWR awards contract for Oroville Spillway repair

DWR Awards Contract for Oroville Spillway repair From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today awarded a contract to Kiewit Infrastructure West Co., for repair work on Oroville Dam’s spillways. Repairs are scheduled to begin immediately to have the system operational by November 1, the traditional start of the winter rainy season. Kiewit’s bid of […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Independent Review Panel posts report for California Water Fix; Report recommends integrated and community-based approaches to data and modeling; Low salmon projections lead to fisheries restrictions, some closures in 2017; Weekly water and climate update

Independent Review Panel posts report for California Water Fix Aquatic Science Peer Review An Independent Review Panel was convened by select staff of the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Science Program to provide the National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service , and California Department of Fish and Wildlife with the views of experts not involved in the Endangered […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Final California water conservation plan and proposed legislation released; Reclamation releases 2017 Klamath Project Operations Plan; Met board OKs planning role in Sites Reservoir

Final California Water Conservation Plan and Proposed Legislation Released From Best Best & Krieger: Urban water suppliers would face significant new requirements under water conservation and drought resiliency legislation proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The legislation, released in the form of budget trailer bill language late Friday, implements portions of a May 2016 Executive Order issued by Brown to conserve […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: American Rivers Announces America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2017

American Rivers Announces America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2017 Lower Colorado River, lifeline for cities and agriculture, tops list of ten rivers facing urgent threats From American Rivers: American Rivers today released its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®, identifying ten rivers facing urgent threats and critical decisions this year. The list highlights the dangers Trump Administration budget cuts […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: SAWPA General Manager Celeste Cantú to depart; State Water Board approves $35M for East Porterville water project; Appellate Court holds that reclamation districts are permitted to assess school districts

SAWPA General Manager Celeste Cantú to depart From the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority: The commission of the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority has announced that General Manager Celeste Cantú will leave SAWPA, effective June 30. Cantú, who has led SAWPA for more than a decade, will become CEO of the Water Education for Latino Leaders (WELL), a California water […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Governor Brown issues Executive Order to further expedite Oroville Dam spillway repairs; Local farmers, state agencies collaborate on drinking water replacement program for Salinas Valley communities

Governor Brown Issues Executive Order to Further Expedite Oroville Dam Spillway Repairs Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an executive order to further expedite the effort to repair the spillways at Oroville Dam before next winter, including actions to expedite permits, strengthen coordination between agencies and streamline regulations to continue the state’s rapid emergency response and recovery. In February, Governor […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Congressmembers Garamendi and McNerney introduce H.R. 1738 to establish Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area; LADWP releases official April 1 snowpack results and Mono Lake levels

Congressmembers Garamendi and McNerney Introduce H.R. 1738 to Establish Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area From the Office of Congressman John Garamendi: Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Davis, Fairfield, Yuba City) and Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Stockton, Brentwood), who represent the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, introduced H.R. 1738, which would establish the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area. The legislation mirrors S. 731, […]

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