CAL WATER FIX CONSISTENCY DETERMINATION WORKSHOP: Day 1 ends, Chair Fiorini calls for DWR to withdraw consistency determination

Day 1 of the workshop on the Delta Stewardship Council staff’s draft determination has ended with Chair Randy Fiorini calling on the Department of Water Resources to withdraw the consistency determination, calling it ‘premature’.  Withdrawing now would allow the Department to reenter the early consultation process, or they could take their chances and wait until the vote in December, he […]

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CONSISTENCY DETERMINATION: San Joaquin Area Flood Control Agency Finds Smith Canal Gate Project Consistent with Delta Plan

From the Delta Stewardship Council: Smith Canal Gate Project (C20187) The following certification of consistency with the Delta Plan for a covered action has been submitted to the Delta Stewardship Council (Council):   Certification Number: C20187 Covered Action Title: Smith Canal Gate Project Certifying Agency: San Joaquin Area Flood Control Agency Certification Date: 10/31/18   The certification of consistency and […]

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CONSISTENCY DETERMINATION: DWR Finds Proposed North Delta Project Consistent with Delta Plan

From the Delta Stewardship Council: Grizzly Slough Floodplain Restoration Project And McCormack-Williamson Tract Restoration Project (North Delta Project) (C20186) The following certification of consistency with the Delta Plan for a covered action has been submitted to the Delta Stewardship Council (Council): Certification Number: C20186 Covered Action Title: Grizzly Slough Floodplain Restoration Project And McCormack-Williamson Tract Restoration Project (North Delta Project) […]

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: 45-Day Comment Period Opens for 2018 Prop 1 Implementation Grant Draft PSP and Draft Guidelines

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is pleased to announce a 45-day public comment period for the 2018 Proposition 1 –  Round 1 IRWM Implementation Grant Draft Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP) and Draft Guidelines. The 45-day public comment period began on October 5, 2018 and will close at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20, 2018. DWR will be hosting […]

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ARTICLE OF INTEREST … Delta tunnels get ‘real’ as backers seek $1.6B loan from Trump administration

From the Sacramento Bee: “Critical permits and legal challenges are still pending, and some farming groups still haven’t committed to paying for part of Gov. Jerry Brown’s controversial $17 billion Delta tunnels project. But even with the uncertainty, backers of the project are poised to ask the Trump administration for a $1.6 billion federal loan that millions of Californians ultimately […]

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WEBSITE NEWS: Maven to be honored with the 20th Harold Gilliam Award for Excellence in Environmental Reporting

Thank you to The Bay Institute for the award!  It’s an incredible honor. From The Bay Institute: On June 28th, Chris Maven Austin, creator of Maven’s Notebook will be awarded the 20th Harold Gilliam Award for Excellence in Environmental Reporting. Austin earned the Gilliam Award for creating and running a website that provides comprehensive coverage of California water issues, helps […]

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NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY: Lower Elkhorn Basin Levee Setback Project Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIS/EIR)

From the Department of Water Resources: Notice of Availability:  Lower Elkhorn Basin Levee Setback Project Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIS/EIR) Released for Public Review by California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District (Corps) Comment Period May 25, 2018 to July 9, 2018. PUBLIC MEETING: A public meeting to present information about […]

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THIS JUST IN … Santa Clara Valley Water District Board Members put off vote on California Water Fix

Citing the need for additional time to consider the information before them, the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board Members, after more than four hours of deliberation and public comment, decided to put off the decision on participation in the full Cal Water Fix project until next week; they will take up the matter again on Tuesday, May 8th, at […]

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Stay on top of California water news and policy for another year!

“When it comes to California water, nothing is easy” (That’s why water district officials, politicians, farmers, policy makers, scientists and more all turn to Maven’s Notebook!) A lot of people have strong opinions about California’s complex water issues. But it’s fair to say that only readers of award-winning Maven’s Notebook can be sure they have an informed opinion. As a […]

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