THIS JUST IN … Biological opinions for long-term operations of the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project released

Paul Souza (USGWS), Barry Thom (NOAA Fisheries) and Ernest Conant (Reclamation) discuss the new biological opinions in a press call The long awaited biological opinions have been released.  Earlier this morning, Paul Souza, Regional Director for the US Fish and Wildlife Service; Barry Thom, NOAA Fisheries Regional Administrator; and Ernest Conant, Director of the Mid Pacific Region of the Bureau […]

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DAILY DIGEST: Trump team weakens endangered species protections for CA salmon and Delta smelt; Reducing regulations for small farmers a priority for Central Valley Water Board; DWR celebrates the completion of tidal habitat restoration in the Delta; As waters rise, so do concerns for sports teams along coast; and more …

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In California water news today, Trump team weakens endangered species protections for California salmon and delta smelt; Reducing regulations for small farmers a priority for Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board; DWR Celebrates the Completion of Tidal Habitat Restoration in the Delta; As waters rise, so do concerns for sports teams along coast; It’s official: Eureka formally transfers Indian […]

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BOOKSHELF: State of the Estuary report; 2019: Pulse of the Bay; Multi-benefit projects

Estuary Report Provides Report Card on Bay and Delta Health Major findings highlight vulnerabilities to sea-level rise From the San Francisco Estuary Partnership: Resiliency is the key issue highlighted in the State of the Estuary Report issued Monday by the San Francisco Estuary Partnership. This is the first report on the health of the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Bad news for the Bay-Delta [Today]: Trump Admin’s new biops; Trump finally uses (weaponizes) the Clean Water Act; Analyzing fish population dynamics in the Bay-Delta; We’re all complicit in California’s water follies; and more …

This week in blog commentary: Bad News for the Bay-Delta [Today]: Trump Admin’s New BiOps; Trump Finally Uses (Weaponizes) the Clean Water Act; Analyzing Fish Population Dynamics in the Bay-Delta; We’re all complicit in California’s water follies; Reimagining our Water System: Advancing Water Recycling in California; The Destruction Caused by the Border Wall Is Worse Than You Think; Hotbed of […]

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DAILY DIGEST: San Francisco Estuary health report offers mixed review; Huffman files bill to protect, bolster salmon rivers; California tribe regains island it calls center of universe; Can you pass the climate change solutions quiz?; The week in water podcast; and more …

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In California water news today, San Francisco Estuary health report offers mixed review; Huffman files bill to protect, bolster salmon rivers; California tribe regains island it calls center of universe; The lost river: Mexicans fight for mighty waterway taken by the US; Money from socially responsible investors flows into US water stocks; Quiz: The most effective ways to curb climate […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: LAO report on 2019-20 budget spending on resources and environmental protection; Reclamation awards $1 million in CALFED grants; Metropolitan Water District names dam after Western water legend

LAO Report: The 2019-20 Budget: California Spending Plan-Resources and Environmental Protection The 2019-20 budget includes over $12 billion for the state’s natural resources and environmental protection programs. This post describes budgetary actions related to the annual cap-and-trade expenditure plan, support for a new safe and affordable drinking water program, funding for a variety of wildfire prevention and response activities, as […]

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DAILY DIGEST, weekend edition: Delta smelt are dying: How this affects the state’s water; Ups and downs of groundwater levels after the Ridgecrest earthquakes; Federal action plan focused on improving water prediction for the West; Can seawater desalination save the world?; and more …

In California water news this weekend, Delta smelt are dying: How this affects the state’s water; The Ups and Downs of Groundwater Levels after the July 2019 Ridgecrest, CA Earthquakes; California Families Are Hungry While a Third of Crops Rot in Fields; Newsom declared the state should spend more on climate change. It ignited a firestorm; Federal action plan focused […]

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NOTICE OF PREPARATION: Large Habitat Restoration General Order

From the State Water Board: The State Water Board proposes to develop a General Order establishing an authorization process to improve permitting efficiency for specific types of environmentally beneficial restoration activities statewide. Pursuant to CEQA, the State Water Board will be the Lead Agency and will prepare an EIR for the proposed General Order. State Water Board staff will hold […]

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Proposition 1 IRWM Implementation Grant Program – Proposed Revisions to Documents

From the Department of Water Resources: A number of interested parties have expressed concerns regarding certain language present in the 2019 Integrated Regional Water Management Grant Program Guidelines (Guidelines) and the Round 1 Implementation Grant Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP), both finalized in April 2019.  The language would make projects considered to be a “compliance obligation” ineligible for funding under this […]

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