NEWS WORTH NOTING: Governor vetoes Gray’s fair water rights hearing legislation (AB 313); DWR releases 2017-18 Lake Oroville flood season operations plan; Reclamation and USFWS announce availability of grants to help listed species

Governor Vetoes Gray’s Fair Water Rights Hearing Legislation From Assemblyman Adam Gray’s office: Assemblyman Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) expressed frustration and disappointment today upon learning that the Governor had vetoed Gray’s fair water rights hearing legislation. “For more than half a century, the State Water Resources Control Board has kept a dirty little secret,” said Gray. “They are the judge, the jury, and the prosecution in […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: New law strengthens water quality protections for oil and gas production; Share your feedback on the Delta Conservation Framework document; San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District reports excellent year for water recharge

New Law Strengthens Water Quality Protections for Oil and Gas Production From Cal EPA: Today Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed into law Assembly Bill 1328, strengthening the state’s water quality protections for oil and gas production. The bill, by Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara), provides additional authority to the State Water Board and regional water boards to obtain information […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Central Valley Project begins 2018 water year with 8.9 million acre-feet of storage; Invasive New Zealand Mudsnails found in Carmel River; Weekly Water and Climate Update

Central Valley Project begins 2018 water year with 8.9 million acre-feet of storage From the Bureau of Reclamation: The Bureau of Reclamation’s Central Valley Project began water year 2018, which runs from Oct. 1, 2017, to Sept. 30, 2018, with 8.9 million acre-feet of water in six key CVP reservoirs (Trinity, Shasta, Folsom, New Melones, Millerton, and the federal share […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Corps releases final environmental report for Folsom Dam Raise project; Draft final Cannabis Cultivation Policy and Cannabis General Order available online

Corps releases final environmental report for Folsom Dam Raise project From the Army Corps of Engineers: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District has published the final environmental impact statement/environmental impact report for the Folsom Dam Raise project. The report addresses environmental impacts and recommends mitigation measures in regard to the proposed modifications at Folsom Lake. Components of the […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: State Water Board issues draft Ag Water Quality Order for E. San Joaquin River watershed; U.S. EPA awards $5.2M to protect and restore SF Bay; New rainwater and recycling legislation advances California water security

State Water Board Issues Draft Agricultural Water Quality Order for Eastern San Joaquin River Watershed From the State Water Resources Control Board: The State Water Resources Control Board today issued a draft order to revise agricultural waste discharge requirements for growers in the eastern San Joaquin Valley, an action that also would serve as a model for protecting water quality […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: San Joaquin County Supervisors Respond to State Auditor’s Report Revealing Illegal and Questionable Actions in State’s Twin Tunnels Planning Efforts

San Joaquin County Supervisors Respond to State Auditor’s Report Revealing Illegal and Questionable Actions in State’s Twin Tunnels Planning Efforts Audit Raises Additional Concerns about WaterFix’s Financial Viability From the County of San Joaquin: After a California state audit revealed that the Department of Water Resources hired an unqualified consulting firm for a multi-million dollar California WaterFix contract without a […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Gov. Brown meets with Metropolitan board members about Cal Water Fix; Four SoCal water districts vote in favor of Cal Water Fix; Water and climate report

Gov. Brown meets with Metropolitan board members prior to important vote to support modernization of the state water system From the Metropolitan Water District: Heading into Metropolitan Water District’s once-in-a-generation vote next week on a state-federal plan to modernize California’s water system, Gov. Jerry Brown today addressed some members of the agency’s board of directors about the importance of California […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Apply for Water Education Foundation’s 2018 Water Leaders class; Legal analysis: Trial court denies 2001 Klamath Project takings claims

Apply today for Water Education Foundation’s 2018 Water Leaders class Applications due by December 5th From the Water Education Foundation: Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 William R. Gianelli Water Leaders Class. The one-year program fosters a deeper knowledge of water issues and leadership skills. Criteria for acceptance include a commitment to understanding water issues and an interest in […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: DWR: New Water Year brings uncertainty; State Water Contractors funding research on Delta smelt, effects of water operations; San Joaquin County Supes certain Cal Water fix is money drain; San Diego County Water Authority launches potable reuse campaign

A New Water Year Brings Uncertainty Historic Precipitation Ended the Drought during Water Year 2017 From the Department of Water Resources: After five years of drought, the 2017 water year brought unexpectedly heavy precipitation, ranking second only to 1983 as California’s wettest year for statewide runoff. The dramatic swing in water conditions highlights the need to develop better long-range weather […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Reclamation releases final documents for Delta smelt fall 2017 outflow; Overcoming division to comprehensively manage California’s coast; EPA reaches $1M settlement for treatment system at the San Fernando Valley Superfund Site

Reclamation releases final documents for Delta smelt fall 2017 outflow From the Bureau of Reclamation: The Bureau of Reclamation has released final environmental documents for a modification to October’s water operations in the San Francisco Bay-Delta for Delta smelt habitat, after consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.In September, Reclamation, in coordination with the California Department of Water Resources, […]

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