California Water Fix hearings: Motion filed to exclude Westlands testimony from the hearing

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Westlands submitted case-in-chief is irrelevant to Part 1B of the hearing, Protestants say As the California Water Fix hearings resume with Part 1B at the State Water Board today, the Hearing Officers now have a another issue before them. San Joaquin County protestants, the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District, and the Local Agencies of the North Delta have filed […]

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Latest issue of the California Journal of Politics and Policy focuses on water in the West

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The California Journal of Politics and Policy (CJPP) is an online journal of original scholarship, cutting edge research, and informed commentary regarding all aspects of national, state, and local government, electoral politics, and public policy formation and implementation. Published by the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California-Berkeley, the Journal provides timely insights and historical and comparative perspective […]

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California Water Fix hearing: Tunnel opponents request another extension

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Motion requests the deadline for Part 1B documents to be moved to 30 days after close of Part 1A hearings The Central Delta Water Agency, South Delta Water Agency, and others are requesting an extension of time to submit exhibits and written summaries of testimony for Part 1B; they are requesting that date be set to 30 days after the […]

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This just in … San Luis-Delta Mendota Water Authority responds to environmental groups request regarding Delta smelt

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From Jason Peltier at the San Luis-Delta Mendota Water Authority: As environmental special interests request the State Water Resources Control Board expand failed policies on Delta Smelt, Californians are calling on the Board to implement new science-based, common sense approaches to protect the species.It is disheartening to see once credible environmental organizations calling for a “more of the same” approach […]

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California Water Fix releases biological assessment

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U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and DWR Release Revised Draft Species-by-Species Analysis From the California Water Fix website: The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) have released a revised biological assessment for the California WaterFix to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) with a request to begin the […]

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Fishing groups win lawsuit to overturn Delta water delivery contracts

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  From the law offices of Stephan C. Volker: On July 25, 2016 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (“PCFFA”) and the San Francisco Crab Boat Owners Association in their longstanding battle with the United States Bureau of Reclamation and San Joaquin Valley agribusinesses that divert millions of acre […]

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CASGEM Report: DWR/Local Groundwater Monitoring Partnership Expands and Improves

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From the Department of Water Resources: The latest update on California’s efforts to track groundwater shows that 94 percent of the state’s 127 high- and medium-priority groundwater basins are fully monitored and more than 1.5 million groundwater elevation measurements from across the state have been entered into the online system that the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) manages in […]

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The Bay Institute responds to Sacramento River Settlement Contractors

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Sacramento River Settlement Contractors will receive full deliveries of water this year at the expense of the salmon runs, they say From The Bay Institute, in response to Sacramento River Settlement Contractors frustrated by delay in implementing the Sacramento River operations plan for summer The Bay Institute agrees with the Sacramento River Settlement Contractors that it has taken the Bureau […]

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This just in … Sacramento River Settlement Contractors frustrated by delay in implementing the Sacramento River operations plan for summer

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Proposed Shasta Reservoir Releases Focuses Solely on Temperature for Winter Run Eggs; SRSCs Call for More Holistic Approach to Managing Water for Farms, Fish and Birds The Sacramento River Settlement Contractors (SRSCs) have reviewed the Bureau of Reclamation’s (Reclamation) plan for Sacramento River Operations this summer which is nearly identical to the March 31 plan submitted and approved by the […]

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Stanford researchers highlight steps toward sustainable groundwater management in California

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Survey of groundwater professionals points to need for standardized data monitoring and makes policy recommendations for successful implementation of historic groundwater legislation. From the Stanford News Service: After decades of dysfunction that have exacerbated chronic water problems, historic groundwater legislation has brought California to the cusp of a new era of water management. Meeting the law’s goals, however, will require […]

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