DAILY DIGEST: What caused nearly 20,000 earthquakes at Oroville Dam? Scientists weigh in; High tides and storms could be California’s next costly calamity; Nonprofit continues battle to save Klamath Dams; Long waited WOTUS rule addresses uncertainty, but may face litigation ahead; and more …

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In California water news today, What caused nearly 20,000 earthquakes at Oroville Dam? Scientists weigh in; High tides and storms could be California’s next costly calamity; Nonprofit continues battle to save Klamath Dams; Time is running short for Colorado River managers to hammer out drought plan; Long waited WOTUS rule addresses uncertainty, but may face litigation ahead; Huge barrier isn’t […]

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CAL WATER FIX HEARINGS: Protestors write State Water Board, say hearing cannot be finalized

Recent developments propose significant changes to project operations that are not reflected in the modeling, they say Several letters were delivered to the California Water Fix hearing team at the State Water Board yesterday saying that in light of the recent developments, the hearing cannot be finalized and the Board must now reexamine how or if the hearings can go […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: State Water Board decision, Brown-Trump water agreements, Delta smelt, Beyond the drought contingency plan, WOTUS rollback, and more …

Thank you, State Water Board:  On the Public Record writes, “They did it! I am so relieved and pleased. I really worried that there would be political considerations that forced the bullshit voluntary settlements on them and once again, I would have to be giving my own allies the benefit of the doubt as they punt on something that very […]

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MOUNTAIN COUNTIES SYMPOSIUM: Delta Watermaster Michael George and Jason Peltier discuss moving forward in the Delta *UPDATED with comments from Restore the Delta*

This post has been updated with Restore the Delta’s comments added after Michael George’s presentation.  Click to go there. In October of 2018, the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association held a symposium that focused on the California Water Fix, the Delta, and the health of the greater watershed.  Two of the speakers were Michael George, the Delta Watermaster, and Jason Peltier, […]

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SGMA IMPLEMENTATION: New Climate Change Data Tools Available

From the Department of Water Resources, Sustainable Groundwater Management Office: Three, new climate change tools are now available on the California Natural Resources Agency Open Data Platform to assist local agencies with groundwater planning. The tools are: ArcGIS tool designed to work with USGS MODFLOW models. ArcGIS tool designed to work with Department of Water Resources IWFM models. Second Order […]

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DAILY DIGEST: El Niños to strengthen because of global warming, study says; Report calls Forest Service response to 2016 Big Sur fire a ‘firefighting boondoggle’; Groups worry about next Interior Secretary as Zinke leaves; and more …

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In California water news today, El Niños to strengthen because of global warming, will cause ‘more extreme weather’, study says; Coastal report gives state good marks, sees room to improve on planning for rising sea; Report Calls Forest Service Response to 2016 Big Sur Fire a ‘Firefighting Boondoggle’; Dangerous Surf Targeting the West Coast From California to Washington State; Groups […]

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RESERVOIR AND WATER CONDITIONS for December 17

Here are the latest reservoir and water conditions, curated from the Department of Water Resources website, the Desert Research Institute, and others: For even more reservoir and water conditions, visit the Notebook’s Water and Hydrology Internet Resources page. Sign up for daily email service and you’ll never miss a post! Sign up for daily emails and get all the Notebook’s […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: DWR launching Salton Sea habitat enhancement project; Colorado River Delta report provides restoration road map

DWR Launching Salton Sea Habitat Enhancement Project Accepting Submissions of Qualifications for Construction From the Department of Water Resources: In a key step toward stemming one of the state’s most significant public health and ecological challenges, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a large-scale, multimillion-dollar project at the southern end of […]

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DAILY DIGEST, weekend edition: CA cedes water to feds in Delta deal with Trump; Bay Area Democrats take on Feinstein over water bill; Study: Sierra Nevada snow pack on track to shrink dramatically in next 20-40 years; Interior chief Zinke out, is Denham next in line?; and more …

In California water news this weekend, California cedes water to feds in Delta deal with Trump; Bay Area House Democrats take on Feinstein over water bill; Water shortages ahead? Sierra Nevada snow pack on track to shrink 79 percent, new study finds; Rice farmers, duck hunters work to establish ‘world class habitat’ in the Sac Valley; Sewer and water quality […]

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THIS JUST IN … California cedes water to feds in Delta deal with Trump

From the Sacramento Bee: “Southern Californians could lose billions of gallons of water a year to Central Valley farmers under a deal Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has struck with water officials working for President Donald Trump. There’s no guarantee the agreement with Trump will accomplish what Brown’s team is seeking: a lasting compromise on environmental regulations that could stave off […]

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