NEWS WORTH NOTING: State Water Board to consider climate change resolution at March 7 board meeting; Info and reminder regarding the measurement and reporting regulation; East Porterville residents urged to attend Feb 22 info meeting on water connection sign ups

State Water Board to consider climate change resolution at March 7 board meeting Comment deadline extended to March 3, 2017 by 12 noon From the State Water Board: State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) staff has released a draft resolution for a comprehensive response to climate change.  The draft resolution can be viewed at: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/board_info/agendas/2017/feb/022217_8.pdf. The State Water […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: LAO report on Resources/Environmental budget proposals; State Water Board launches human right to water web portal; State Water Contractors name Jennifer Pierre General Manager; Weekly water and climate report

Legislative Analyst’s Office releases report on Resources/Environmental budget proposals From the Legislative Analyst’s Office: In this report, we assess many of the Governor’s budget proposals in the resources and environmental protection areas and recommend various changes. Below, we summarize our major findings. We provide a complete listing of our recommendations at the end of this report. The Governor’s budget for […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Reclamation to release water below Iron Gate Dam to address fish health concerns in the Klamath River; NRDC/WaterKeeper challenge to 2012 Los Angeles municipal storm water permit denied; Weekly water and climate update

Reclamation to Release Water Below Iron Gate Dam to Address Fish Health Concerns in the Klamath River Water release from Iron Gate Dam on the Klamath River will begin Friday, Feb. 10 at noon From the Bureau of Reclamation: The Bureau of Reclamation will increase flows below Iron Gate Dam to reduce the risk of disease for coho salmon in […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Metropolitan Water District statement on State Water Board’s decision to extend drought regulations; BBID statement on AB 313 water rights management bill

Metropolitan Water District statement on decision to extend drought regulations Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, issues the following statement on the State Water Resources Control Board’s decision to extend the state’s emergency drought regulations: “Southern Californians have done a tremendous job conserving water throughout our state’s historic drought and we urge them to […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: New report calls for transforming California water governance to meet social and ecological needs; 100s of California irrigators work with The Freshwater Trust to tackle new water measurement law; Cindy Messer appointed chief deputy director at the DWR

New Report Calls for Transforming California Water Governance to Meet Social and Ecological Needs From Stanford University and Earth Law Center: To date, state officials have assiduously avoided the kind of comprehensive management of water resources that is necessary to prioritize basic human needs and safeguard natural systems for future generations of Californians. But as the Sierra snowpack predictably diminishes and periodic […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Draft enviro docs for Fremont Weir adult fish passage modification project; $20.46M contract award set to kick off Natomas Basin levee improvements; New water supply planning laws affecting CEQA projects now in effect

DWR and Reclamation Release Draft Environmental Document for Fremont Weir Adult Fish Passage Modification Project From the Department of Water Resources and the Bureau of Reclamation: The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) have released for public review the draft Initial Study and Environmental Assessment (IS/EA) for the proposed Fremont Weir Adult Fish Passage […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: State Water Board releases latest round of proposed emergency drought regulations; CDFW now accepting fisheries habitat restoration project proposals; WaterNow Alliance launches “Impact Award” to recognize leadership in advancing sustainable solutions

State Water Board Releases Latest Round of Proposed Emergency Drought Regulations for California From Best Best & Krieger: “The State Water Resources Control Board released this week a formal proposal to extend the emergency statewide drought regulations that have been in effect for California in various forms since early 2015. Cities, counties, water agencies and other interested parties have until […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: CA Water Management Effectiveness Survey; Delta Stewardship Council 2016 Annual Report; Final enviro docs for the long-term plan to protect adult salmon in the Lower Klamath River Project

Your input needed for the California Water Management Effectiveness Assessment Survey for Water Plan Update 2018 From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is working on Update 2018 of the California Water Plan (Update 2018). Central to this Update is an assessment of how effective current water actions (programs and projects) are in advancing sustainable water […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Army Corps agrees to hold back water in Lake Mendocino; Sierra Meadows Partnership adopts “all-hands, all-lands” approach to restore and protect Sierra meadows; Water Authority declares drought over in San Diego County

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Agrees to Hold Back Water in Lake Mendocino Minor deviation will save 5,825 acre-feet behind Coyote Valley Dam From the Sonoma County Water Agency: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) today approved a request by the Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) to keep an additional 5,825 acre-feet of water behind Coyote Valley Dam […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Discharge permits not required to transfer water: Court upholds EPA rule; Waters of the US rule on hold in Sixth Circuit; Microvi and Sunny Slope Water Company unveil world’s most advanced nitrate removal technology

Discharge Permits Not Required to Transfer Water: Court Upholds EPA Rule From Brownstein Hyatt Farber Shreck: “The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently issued a long-awaited ruling confirming the legality of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA’s”) Water Transfers Rule in Catskill Mountains Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Inc. v. EPA, No. 14-1823, 2017 WL 192707 (2d Cir. Jan. […]

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