Governor Brown Takes Action to Bolster Dam Safety and Repair Transportation and Water Infrastructure

From the Office of the Governor: With extreme weather putting increasing stress on California’s roads, bridges and flood control system, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced a series of immediate and longer-term actions to bolster dam safety, improve flood protection and fix the state’s aging transportation and water infrastructure. “Recent storms have pounded the state of California resulting in […]

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DAILY DIGEST: Outflow reduced as Lake Oroville inches down; Skiing on July 4. More rain than Seattle. Yes, the drought is receding; Extended break from rain and snow in California may follow after two storms next week; and more …

In California water news today, Outflow reduced as Lake Oroville inches down; U. S. Senator Kamala Harris tours damaged Oroville Dam; Rural California levees besieged by pounding wet winter; Skiing on July 4.  More rain than Seattle.  Yes, the drought is receding; California drought levels at lowest levels since 2011; Extended break from rain and snow in California may follow […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Legislative hearings to examine Oroville Dam crisis, forest health; 5 things to know about the State Water Board’s climate change resolution; Delta Stewardship Council launches Admin Performance Measures Dashboard; Weekly water & climate report

Legislative hearings next week to examine Oroville Dam crisis, forest health The Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water will hold two hearings next week.  On Monday, The Senate Committee will hold a joint hearing with the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on tree mortality, forest health, and prescribed fire.  The hearing will be held in the State Capitol Room 4202 […]

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DAILY DIGEST: Lake Oroville water level on the decline; Brown makes unannounced visit; Why floodplains could be California’s buffer against climate extremes; Is California on pace for the wettest year ever? and more …

In California water news today, Lake Oroville water level on the decline; Brown makes unannounced visit; PG&E power lines rerouted at Oroville spillway; Amid Oroville emergency, California legislature moves to make flood control fixes; Why floodplains could be California’s buffer against climate extremes; Is California on pace for the wettest year ever? We’ll have to wait and see, says one […]

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Broad group of farmers express concerns over State Water Board’s approach to flows

The State Water Board should focus on functional flows, not unimpaired flows, they say In a letter to the State Water Resources Control Board, a broad group of Central Valley farmers have expressed concerns over the Board’s use of unimpaired flows in the proposals for phase 1 and 2 of the Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan. The State Water […]

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BAY DELTA SCIENCE CONFERENCE: Lost in translation: The art of interpreting complex science for policymakers

Effectively communicating complex science to policy- and decision-makers is critical for managing the Delta, but the science needs to be useful as well as usable.  The State of Bay-Delta Science (SBDS) is a synthesis of current scientific understanding of the Bay-Delta; it brings together progress on key research questions, identifies knowledge gaps, and explores policy implications of current science and […]

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SCIENCE NEWS: Stormy weather: How the USGS goes to work monitoring its effects; Atmospheric rivers found to carry more wind than thought; NASA: Snow science in support of our nation’s water supply; and more …

In science news this week: Stormy weather: How the USGS goes to work monitoring its effects; Atmospheric rivers found to carry more wind than thought; NASA: Snow science in support of our nation’s water supply; The secret of scientists who impact policy; Sum of their parts: Researchers use math to foster environmental protection; and Surface Water Mapping Tool Stormy weather: […]

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DAILY DIGEST: DWR wants to stop Oroville spillway flow, doesn’t know when it can; FERC OKs Board of Consultants, orders faster forensic review of Oroville Dam; California’s wet weather has some believing the drought is over; Trump’s CA water promises; and more …

In California water news today, DWR wants to stop Oroville spillway flow, doesn’t know when it can; Oroville Dam holding steady below flood stage; FERC OKs Board of Consultants, orders faster forensic review of Oroville Dam; Oroville hoping to turn dam crisis into tourism opportunity; This year’s floods may be good for California’s salmon; Powerful storms continue to batter Northern […]

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PANEL DISCUSSION: The State Water Board’s 2015 curtailment notices and proceedings against BBID and WSID

In 2015, the State Water Resources Control Board sent curtailment notices to pre- and post- 1914 water rights holders based on water availability analyses for different watersheds.  A Division of Water Rights prosecution team pursued two separate enforcement actions in front of the Board – one Cease and Desist Order and one Administrative Civil Liability Complaint – against two districts […]

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DAILY DIGEST: Continued erosion of Oroville Dam’s main spillway part of ‘normal process’, officials say; Dams remain in line for bulk of funding over cheaper alternatives; Don Pedro Reservoir spillway opens for the first time in 20 years; and more …

In California water news today, Lake Oroville level expected to fluctuate with the rains; Continued erosion of Oroville Dam’s main spillway part of ‘normal process’, officials say; Despite Oroville crisis, California has the ‘Cadillac’ of dam safety programs; Not just Oroville; More Northern California infrastructure that need fixes; Dams remain in line for bulk of funding over cheaper alternatives; ‘Farmers […]

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