DAILY DIGEST: Newsom inherits a ‘whole bunch of headaches’ despite last-minute water deals by Brown; State regulation would broaden wetlands rule; State Water Board outlines $606 million bill assistance program; Trump tells FEMA not to send any more money to CA for fires; and more …

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In California water news today, Newsom inherits a ‘whole bunch of headaches’ despite last-minute water deals by Brown; State regulation would broaden wetlands rule; California water board outlines $606 million bill assistance program; Federal shutdown has mixed impact for farms, ranches; Suit targets Trump Administration for failing to protect threatened California species; Trump tells FEMA not to send any more […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: On first full day in office, Governor Newsom appoints secretaries for CalEPA and CA Dept. of Food and Agriculture, announces executive actions to strengthen CA’s emergency preparedness and response

Governor Newsom Appoints Secretaries for California Environmental Protection Agency and California Department of Food and Agriculture From the Office of the Governor: Newly sworn-in Governor Gavin Newsom today announced his choice for leaders — one a new appointment, the other a reappointment — of two vitally-important California state agencies. Jared Blumenfeld, 49, of San Francisco, has been appointed Secretary of […]

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DAILY DIGEST: A change of power as CA pushes further to the left; Governor Newsom, issue by issue; Storm poised to slam Sierra, dump another 2 feet of snow; One step closer for updated CEQA guidelines; and more …

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In California water news today, A change of power as a liberal state pushes further to the left; As Gavin Newsom Becomes Governor, How He Could Shape California’s Future—Issue By Issue; Storm poised to slam Sierra, dump another 2 feet of snow; Five Years in the Making: California is One Step Closer to a Comprehensive Update to the CEQA Guidelines; […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Michael George Begins Second Four-Year Term as Delta Watermaster; Notice: Validation of State Water Project, Water Supply Contract Extension Amendments

Michael George Begins Second Four-Year Term as Delta Watermaster Our office is pleased to announce that Michael George begins his second four-year term as the Delta Watermaster on Monday, January 7, 2019.   In the position created by the legislature in 2009, he administers water rights in the Delta and advises the State Water Board and Delta Stewardship Council on related […]

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THIS JUST IN … Metropolitan Water District begins drawing down stored water in Lake Mead

“If there is no Drought Contingency Plan, we don’t want to leave potentially half a million acre-feet or more locked up in Lake Mead if we go into shortage,” says General Manager Jeff Kightlinger At today’s meeting of the Water Planning & Stewardship Committee, Metropolitan officials said that with no Drought Contingency Plan in place (Arizona being the hold out), […]

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DAILY DIGEST: Next storm set to arrive by midweek; State’s retiring snow guru talks snowpack tech and CA water; From Brown to Newsom, CA to see new style, substance; A moonshot for solving America’s water crisis; and more …

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In California water news today, Next storm to set its sights on West Coast by midweek; State’s retiring snow guru talks snowpack tech and California water; From Brown to Newsom, California To See New Style, Substance; A moonshot for solving America’s water crisis; Huge trash-collecting boom in Pacific Ocean breaks apart; Insects show the healing of toxic metal mining scars; […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: State agencies track five years of progress on CA Water Action Plan; Yuba Water Agency reaches significant milestone in relicensing its facilities

State Agencies Track Five Years of Progress on California Water Action Plan Implementation Report Outlines Advances in Sustainable Water Management The California Natural Resources Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Department of Food and Agriculture today released a California Water Action Plan implementation report outlining five years of progress toward sustainable management of California’s water resources. Issued […]

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DAILY DIGEST, weekend edition: Trump asks Supreme Court to resolve groundwater fight; CA moves, haltingly, towards a post-lawn future; Wildfires pose hidden threat to the West’s drinking water; Govt shutdown: How science research is grinding to a halt; and more …

In California water news this weekend, Trump asks Supreme Court to resolve groundwater fight; California moves, haltingly, towards a post-lawn future; After the fire: Blazes pose hidden threat to the West’s drinking water; Government shutdown: How science research is grinding to a halt; Rivers in the sky: What you need to know about atmospheric river storms; Lawsuit over microplastics in […]

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CA WEATHER BLOG: Stormy pattern on California’s doorstep; will help mitigate early-season rain & snow deficits

A relatively dry/warm start to winter, but pattern change imminent From Daniel Swain at the California Weather Blog: “Most of California has received less precipitation than average so far this Water Year (since Oct 1), and the Sierra Nevada snowpack is lagging even further behind precipitation (due to the relative warmth in the mountains). But the season is still young, […]

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THIS JUST IN … DWR Finalizes Basin Prioritizations under SGMA

From the Department of Water Resources: The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced final basin prioritization for the majority of groundwater basins in the state as required under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). Today’s announcement finalizes the prioritization for 458 basins, identifying 56 basins that are required to create groundwater sustainability plans under SGMA. For most basins, the […]

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