News Worth Noting: Natomas Basin project agreement signals transition to levee improvement construction; Central Valley Water Board issues violation notices to 67 Valley growers for failing to submit nitrogen mgt plans; East Porterville homes connected to water system

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Natomas Basin project agreement signals transition to levee improvement construction From the Army Corps of Engineers: Construction to implement flood risk management improvements to Natomas Basin levees is one step closer to reality after leaders from the Department of the Army, State of California and the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency signed a project partnership agreement August 18. The partnership […]

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News Worth Noting: DWR Releases draft EIR on State Water Project contract extension; Draft Technical Reference docs for the Water Storage Investment Program now available; Proposed revisions to Water Boards’ enforcement policy will likely lead to higher penalties

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DWR releases draft Environmental Impact Report on State Water Project contract extension The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today released for public review a draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) on extending the term of its water supply contracts with 29 public agencies in northern California, the Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley, Central Coast and Southern California. The 29 agencies contract […]

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News Worth Noting: NRDC: State Water Board gives undeserved A’s on drought ‘stress test’; Westlands: UC Davis study proves government-caused drought far worse than Mother Nature’s; New portal for answers about harmful algal blooms; NOAA launches first national water forecast model

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State Water Board gives undeserved A’s on drought ‘stress test’ From the NRDC: The California State Water Resources Control Board today released an analysis of the self-certifications of water agencies across the state, focusing on compliance and reported mandatory conservation targets. In May, the Board put their faith in the hands of California water suppliers when it adopted a new […]

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News Worth Noting: Stanislaus River trout population plummets despite reservoir releases intended to help fish; New guidance issued for analyzing climate change in NEPA documents

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Stanislaus River trout population plummets despite reservoir releases intended to help fish From FishBio: The once healthy population of rainbow trout living in the Stanislaus River declined precipitously during the California drought, according to survey results released today by the fisheries consulting firm FISHBIO. (http://fishbio.com/2015-stan-trout-survey) The summer 2015 population estimate of about 5,000 fish in the river represents a 75 […]

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News Worth Noting: Introducing CaWaterJobs.org; Prospect Island Tidal Restoration Project draft EIR to be released Aug 23; U.S. EPA approves Cortina Band of Wintun Indians’ right to develop tribal water quality standards; Weekly water and climate report

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Introducing CaWaterJobs.org From the California Water Environment Association (CWEA): We are in a period of rapid change for our profession. CWEA’s Board of Directors continues to invest in programs and services to help you succeed in your career as well as provide California with an ample and competent water workforce. We’re proud to introduce our newest initiative – a water […]

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News Worth Noting: State Water Board posts policy statements from the Cal Water Fix hearing; New study shows CEQA protects environment without stunting economic growth; Donner Lake to benefit from first multi-party water exchange

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State Water Board posts policy statements from the California Water Fix hearing As the California Water Fix hearing continues at the State Water Board, the policy statements are now posted for review.  You can read them by clicking here. You can also view videos from the hearing at this webpage. New Economic Study Shows CEQA Protects Environment without Stunting Economic […]

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News Worth Noting: Delta Counties support review of tunnels project spending; Contract for Battle Creek project awarded; Blue-green algae persists in Silverwood Lake; State Water Board reaches agreement with Redlands

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Delta Counties support review of tunnels project spending From the Delta Counties Coalition: The Delta Counties Coalition (DCC) today voiced support for a request to evaluate state spending on the Governor’s proposed twin tunnels.  Nine legislators are requesting the California Legislature’s Joint Legislative Audit Committee to audit how the California Department of Water Resources funds California “WaterFix” activities. The project […]

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News Worth Noting: State Water Board appointee Steven Moore re-confirmed by State Senate; Blue-green algae blooms in San Luis Reservoir, O’Neill Forebay, and Silverwood Lake; Weekly water and climate report

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Governor Brown’s State Water Board Appointee Steven Moore Re-Confirmed by State Senate This week the California State Senate voted unanimously to re-confirm Steven Moore as a member of the State Water Resources Control Board, following the June recommendation by the Senate Rules Committee that he serve on the board. On Feb. 5, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. reappointed Moore to […]

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News Worth Noting: CWIN sues to block excessive groundwater pumping in Paso Robles basin; Save Our Water encourages conservation as part of California lifestyle

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California Water Impact Network Sues to Block Excessive Groundwater Pumping County’s Carte Blanche to Well Drillers Violates State Law, Imperils Groundwater Reserves From the California Water Impact Network: The California Water Impact Network (C-WIN) has filed a lawsuit against San Luis Obispo County for issuing three well-drilling permits without requiring the reviews stipulated by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). […]

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News Worth Noting: Statewide Water Conservation Declines to 21.5% in June; Water Commission to hold public briefings on the Water Storage Investment Program technical reference docs; Reclamation releases draft enviro docs to supplement flows in the Lower Klamath River with Trinity Reservoir Water

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Statewide Water Conservation Declines to 21.5 Percent in June Water supplier “Stress Tests” still under review From the State Water Resources Control Board: With water conservation falling to 21.5 percent savings in June 2016—down from 27.5 percent a year ago—the State Water Resources Control Board today announced that it is closely monitoring conservation levels, will scrutinize actions by water suppliers […]

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