CA WATER COMMISSION: Update on development of water loss audit regulation, Water Storage Investment Program timeline

With the passage of SB-555 in October 2015, all urban retail water suppliers in the state are required to submit a validated water loss audit annually to the Department of Water Resources (DWR) beginning October 2017.  As a result of the legislation, DWR is developing regulations for the requirements for water loss audits and their submission. The 9-member Commission is […]

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METROPOLITAN SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON THE BAY-DELTA: Project implementation considerations for California Water Fix; Dr. Jacob Katz on managing floodplain productivity for multiple benefits

At the January meeting of Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay Delta, committee members were given an overview of the California Water Fix facilities and a review of other large tunnel projects similar to the California Water Fix; and a presentation on how floodplains can be managed to benefit native species, salmon in particular.  But first, a brief update on […]

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STATE WATER BOARD: Update on temporary water right permits for groundwater recharge

The ongoing statewide drought and implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act have triggered increased interest in capturing high surface water flows for the purpose of recharging groundwater basins. As part of the Executive Order Governor Brown issued in November 2015, the State Water Board was directed to expedite temporary permits for capturing high precipitation events for local storage or […]

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DELTA PLAN INTERAGENCY IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEE: Ecosystem Restoration Progress Update

Panel discusses the progress made on ecosystem restoration projects in the Delta At the Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee meeting held in November, the last agenda item was an update on the restoration projects underway in the Delta.  The Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Carl Wilcox briefed Committee members on the Delta Conservation Framework; and David Okita and Kris Tjernell […]

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DELTA PLAN INTERAGENCY IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEE: Linking Best Available Science with Decision Making

Presentations on the State of Bay Delta Science 2016, San Francisco Estuary Institute’s A Delta Renewed The second of two biannual meetings of the Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee was held in November of 2016.  The Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee (DPIIC) is comprised of eighteen heads of the state, federal, and local agencies that are responsible for implementation of […]

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DELTA PLAN INTERAGENCY IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEE: The Science Enterprise Workshop: Supporting and implementing collaborative science

Committee of state, local, and federal agencies discusses integrated modeling, what can be learned from other science enterprises in the nation The second of two biannual meetings of the Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee was held in November of 2016. The Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee (DPIIC) is comprised of eighteen heads of the state, federal, and local agencies that […]

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CALIFORNIA WATER FIX: Dr. Jeff Michael on the benefit and costs of the Delta tunnels

Dr. Michael says the California Water Fix is worse than the status quo: ‘An extremely costly solution with limited benefits is really worse than managing through the constraints in the current situation’ In October of 2016, Dr. David Sunding gave a presentation to the Imported Water Committee of the San Diego County Water Authority regarding his benefit-cost analysis of the […]

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DELTA STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL: Update on the Science and Management of Aquatic Weeds in the Delta

Panel highlights actions of multiple agencies to control the invasive aquatic weeds that clog the Delta’s waterways Invasive aquatic vegetation in the Delta has dramatically expanded over the last decade, adversely impacting recreation and navigation, and reducing the quality of habitat for native species.  Dramatic increases in invasive aquatic vegetation in the Delta have occurred over the last decade from […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: Best management practices for SGMA implementation; Water loss audit regulation

Best management practices for implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act due by end of year; A look at the upcoming water loss audit regulation At the November meeting of the California Water Commission, agenda items included a presentation on the upcoming best management practices, which were released in draft form at the end of October; and a presentation on […]

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METROPOLITAN SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON BAY-DELTA: Status on California Water Fix cost allocation discussions

Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta held its last meeting of the calendar year on November 17, 2016.  The majority of the meeting was taken up with the presentation on the California Water Fix cost allocation discussions. Bay Delta Initiatives Manager Steve Arakawa said that the meetings to discuss the California Water Fix cost allocation have been increasing in frequency […]

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