DAILY DIGEST: Sierra peaks an inch taller after CA drought, NASA finds; Oroville Dam crisis sparked $1.2B in claims. State hasn’t paid a dime; Q&A: How to get CA’s infrastructure ready for climate change; ‘I got railroaded,’ Los Banos dairyman says after admitting to illegal dumping; and more …

In California water news today, Sierra peaks an inch taller after California drought, NASA finds; Oroville Dam crisis sparked $1.2 billion in claims. State hasn’t paid a dime; Q&A: How to get California’s infrastructure ready for climate change; ‘I got railroaded,’ Los Banos dairyman says after admitting to illegal dumping; Report: What California learned from drinking water/wastewater challenges in 2017; […]

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PANEL: Water agencies concerned about proposed expansion of ‘waters of the state’

Proposed definition of wetlands and procedures would greatly expand state permitting program, potentially affect recharge basins and constructed facilities, water agencies say “Listen carefully, be amazed, and be frightened,” said Jill Duerig, retiring General Manager of Zone 7 Water Agency at the beginning of a panel discussion at the recent fall ACWA conference on the subject of the proposed state […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Do you know a leader who can help solve California’s water management challenges?; 2017 Water Leaders class releases policy recommendations for CA’s water storage future

Do you know a leader who can help solve California’s water management challenges? The Water Solutions Network will advance cross-sector collaboration among leaders focused on the future of water in California From Water Education for Latino Leaders (WELL): Effective water management is vital to the economy, ecology, and well-being of 21st century California. Decision-makers and stakeholders today face issues ranging from […]

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SCIENCE NEWS: Scientists call for improved technologies to save imperiled California salmon; Tracking fish on the move: Biotelemetry in the Delta; One wet winter can shake up San Francisco Bay’s invasive species; Banking on a future for California’s natural resources; and more …

Scientists call for improved technologies to save imperiled California salmon:  “Scientists working to protect California’s most endangered salmon say in a new report that key improvements in tracking Sacramento River winter-run Chinook through California’s complex water delivery system would help recover the species while the water continues to flow.  They recommend upgrades in tracking technology from tiny transmitters implanted into […]

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DAILY DIGEST: State Water Board hears concerns about water quality regulations; Oroville spillway Q&A: Addressing vegetation, design, and cracks; Dry weather continues in California. Time to start worrying about another drought?; and more …

In California water news today, State Water Board hears concerns about water quality regulations; Oroville spillway Q&A: Addressing vegetation, design, and cracks; Dry weather continues in California. Time to start worrying about another drought?; Statewide water savings down to single digits in October; Drought kills 27 million more trees in California; and more … On the calendar today … California […]

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STATE OF THE ESTUARY CONFERENCE: Agency officials speak to resilience and water policy in keynote addresses

DWR Director Grant Davis, State Board member Steve Moore, and SFPUC’s Steven Ritchie address conference attendees Every two years, the San Francisco Estuary Partnership holds the State of the Estuary conference, focusing on the management and ecological health of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary. The 13th Biennial State of the Estuary Conference was held October 10-11, 2017 at the Scottish […]

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DAILY DIGEST: State releases analysis of Oroville spillway cracks; UCI scientists unveil new satellite-based global drought severity index; California losing 2 million trees a month as drought-related plague drags on; Clean Water Act may offer ‘magic key’ for dam removal; and more …

In California water news today, State releases analysis of Oroville spillway cracks; UCI scientists unveil new satellite-based global drought severity index; California losing 2 million trees a month as drought-related plague drags on; Clean Water Act may offer ‘magic key’ for dam removal; Placer County dam project raising concerns along the Bear River; and more … On the calendar today […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Record 129 Million Dead Trees in California; Environmental document released for fish passage and flow improvements in San Joaquin River

Record 129 Million Dead Trees in California USDA Forest Service and CAL FIRE Working Together to Address Forest Health From the US Forest Service: The USDA Forest Service today announced that an additional 27 million trees, mostly conifers, died throughout California since November 2016, bringing the total number of trees that have died due to drought and bark beetles to […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: A water right for the environment; Notes from CA WaterFix Industry Day; Oroville Dam spillway failure equals failed state water policy; Massive wildfires reveal our illusion of control over disasters; and more blog commentary

A water right for the environment:  Brian Gray, Leon Szeptycki, and Barton “Buzz” Thompson write, “California’s management of water for is not working for anyone. Environmental advocates argue that state and federal regulators have set water quality and flow standards that do not adequately protect fish and wildlife, and have not enforced these requirements when they are most needed. Farm […]

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Public hearings on proposed withdrawal of certain water quality criteria applicable to California

From the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board: EPA is proposing to amend federal regulations to withdraw certain federal water quality criteria for lead, chlorodibromomethane, and dichlorobromomethane applicable to California. The state now has adopted certain criteria for these parameters. EPA approved the state’s site-specific criteria, which are less stringent than the federally promulgated criteria, because EPA determined that […]

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