BLOG ROUND-UP: Trump’s Bay-Delta biops are a plan for extinction; Some more water management truisms; Settlements constrain efforts to enlarge Shasta Dam; Providing ‘overdraft’ protection for groundwater in the Pajaro Valley; Building climate resilience through insurance; and more …

In blogs this week: Trump’s Bay-Delta biops are a plan for extinction; Some more water management truisms; Settlements constrain efforts to enlarge Shasta Dam; When they say pumping will increase ‘roughly 10 percent’, it’s 10% of 20 percent; Reimagining our water system: A water resilience portfolio for California; Providing ‘overdraft’ protection for groundwater in California’s Pajaro Valley; Building climate resilience […]

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UPDATED FAQ: CDFW Propositions 1 & 68 grant programs

From the Department of Fish and Wildlife: As a reminder, CDFW continues to update its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for the 2020 Propositions 1 & 68 Grant Proposal Solicitation Notice. Please reference the FAQ for updates, and if you still have a question, please contact us at watershedgrants@wildlife.ca.gov. Also, CDFW recently held two application workshops. The presentation from the workshops […]

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DAILY DIGEST: Veteran’s Day edition: Feds set to lock in huge water contract for well-connected Westlands Water District; 2 years after spillway crumbled, lessons learned at Oroville Dam; SCOTUS Argument analysis: Context trumps text as justices debate reach of Clean Water Act; and more …

Happy Veterans Day! In California water news today, Feds set to lock in huge water contract for well-connected Westlands Water District; 2 years after spillway crumbled, lessons learned at Oroville Dam; SCOTUS Argument analysis: Context trumps text as justices debate reach of Clean Water Act; EPA seeks to speed up environmental dispute process; Reuse ramps up; The week in water […]

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DAILY DIGEST, weekend edition: Bernhardt suggests Westlands for major contract; Westlands steps back from Shasta expansion. Environmentalists still worry; How to start adapting to CA’s “precipitation whiplash”; Dust kicked up from the West’s drying lakes a looming health hazard; and more …

In California water news this weekend, Bernhardt suggests Westlands for major contract; Westlands steps back from Shasta expansion. Environmentalists still worry; How to start adapting to California’s “precipitation whiplash”; California’s working landscape generates $333 billion in sales, 1.5 million jobs; Warming climate, population sprawl threaten California’s future with more destructive wildfires; Dust kicked up from the West’s drying lakes is […]

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Reclamation announces Fiscal Year 2020 grant funding opportunity for drought planning

From the Bureau of Reclamation: The Bureau of Reclamation today announced that it is making grant funding available under the WaterSMART Drought Response Program to develop and update drought contingency plans that will build long-term resiliency to drought. “The drought planning that emerges from this program is a big win for both Reclamation and its partners. When implemented, it will […]

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NAPA/SONOMA COUNTY: Upcoming meetings to help farmers successfully comply with the general permit

From the State Water Board: The Water Board and the Napa and Sonoma County Farm Bureaus are co-hosting meetings in November and December to provide information about the General Permit’s farm plan, permit fee, and monitoring requirements that come into effect in the spring and summer of 2020. Outreach Meeting Times and Locations November 12 from 1100 am to 1230 […]

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OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT: Reclamation extends the public comment period for the released draft repayment contract for Westlands Water District

From the Bureau of Reclamation: The Bureau of Reclamation has extended the 60-day public comment period for the Westlands Water District draft repayment contract. This draft contract provides project water service and facilities repayment pursuant to the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN Act).Section 4011 of the WIIN Act directs Reclamation to convert water service and existing repayment […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING, weekend interesting stuff edition: Feds rule American River hydroproject does not need CA water quality certification; AG Becerra secures settlement against Westlands for Shasta Dam project; Orange County breaks ground on project to recycle 100% of wastewater

Feds undermine Clean Water Act protections – American River project center stage of national precedent From the South Yuba River Citizens League, Foothills Water Network, and the Hydropower Reform Coalition: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) recently ruled that California does not need to provide water quality certification for the Middle Fork American Hydroelectric Project (Middle Fork Project) in Placer […]

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WEEKLY CA WATER NEWS DIGEST for November 3-8: Climate change and the future of California’s water; Groundwater legal system – hydrology disconnect; Proactive groundwater management

A list of posts published on Maven’s Notebook this week … Note to readers: Sign up for weekly email service and you will receive this post as an email in your inbox on Friday mornings. Readers on daily email service can add weekly email service by updating their subscription preferences. Click here to sign up! This week’s featured articles … […]

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DAILY DIGEST: As wildfires grow more intense, CA water managers rewrite their emergency playbook; WY 2020 begins with robust reservoir storage; Interior proposes coveted water deal to Westlands; Kern farmland values begin to stabilize as investors absorb groundwater restrictions; and more …

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In California water news today, As wildfires grow more intense, California water managers are learning to rewrite their emergency playbook; Parts of fire-weary California suffer through one of the longest waits for the rainy season on record; Water Year 2020 begins with robust reservoir storage; Sudden oak death spreading fast, California’s coastal forests facing devastation; The survivors: Sugar pine trees […]

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