Update on DWR’s Reservoir Reoperation Study

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DWR’s Ajay Goyal tells the Delta Stewardship Council that there are benefits to reoperation of the state’s system, but they look to be limited Senate Bill X2 1, passed in 2008,  allocated resources for the planning and feasibility studies to identify potential options for the reoperation of the state’s flood protection and water supply systems that would optimize the use […]

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California Water Fix and summertime water operations discussed at Metropolitan committee meeting

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The Special Committee on the Bay Delta hears an update on the California Water Fix project, including the upcoming hearings, the facilities design, and the latest on the cost allocation discussions; Conflicting actions for winter-run Chinook and Delta smelt also discussed At the June meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Special Committee on the Bay Delta, the presentations and discussions included […]

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Update on the Water Storage Investment Program

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Details on the progress of the regulations from updates at both the Delta Stewardship Council and the California Water Commission The California Water Commission is the designated agency to award $2.7 billion of Prop 1 funding for the public benefits of water storage projects.  Since the passage of Prop 1, the Commission has been working on developing the regulations for […]

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California Water Commission: An update on the Water Storage Investment Program

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Shortening the application process and early funding for environmental documents among the modification to be considered at the June meeting With the passage of Proposition 1 in November of 2014, voters approved $7.5 billion for a variety of water projects and programs, with $2.7 billion of that set aside to pay for public benefits of water storage projects. The California […]

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California Water Commission: Update on State Water Project operations and issues

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Acting Deputy Director of the State Water Project reports on forced outages, and the status of planned maintenance and upgrades One of the statutory responsibilities of the California Water Commission is to conduct an annual review of the progress of the construction and operation of the State Water Resources Development System and to submit a report on its findings to […]

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The importance of governance and institutional design for achieving groundwater sustainability in California

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Dr. Michael Kiparsky briefs the California Water Commission on a new report on designing effective groundwater sustainability agencies Designing institutions for sustainable groundwater management is one of the most pressing challenges for SGMA implementation.  With the recent passage of the Groundwater Sustainability Plan regulations, the task of successful implementation of those plans rests in these now-forming Groundwater Sustainability Agencies.  These […]

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California EcoRestore: Making restoration happen

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Administration officials chart the progress of restoration and highlight the successes in the first year of implementation of the Eco Restore Program California EcoRestore is the Brown Administration’s initiative to help coordinate and advance at least 30,000 acres of critical habitat restoration in the Delta by 2020.  Announced in April of 2015, the program has been in operation just slightly […]

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Factors that influence salmon predation in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

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NOAA’s Dr. Sean Hayes reviews the results of studies of salmon predation in the San Joaquin River At the April 19th meeting of the State Water Resources Control Board, Board members heard an informational update from Dr. Sean Hayes with NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center on the results of the latest studies of predation on salmonids in the Delta, and […]

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Delta Stewardship Council: Independent science review panels and the biological opinions

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Panel at the Delta Stewardship Council discusses the effectiveness and impact of the yearly independent science panel review of the biological opinion RPAs for operations of the state and federal water project The National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have each issued a biological opinion on the long-term operations of the Central Valley Project and […]

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California Water Commission: SGMA Implementation – Update on the draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) regulation

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Department of Water Resources staff review all the comments received on the draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan regulations, and discuss possible revisions in response to those comments At the April meeting of the California Water Commission, the staff from the Department of Water Resources Sustainable Groundwater Management Program discussed the comments received on the draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan regulation during the […]

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