THIS JUST IN … California drought legacy: State approves $2.5 billion to build new dams, water storage projects

From the San Jose Mercury News: “In a historic vote, the administration of Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday approved spending $2.5 billion to help fund eight new large water projects across California — four new dams and four underground storage projects — including two in the Bay Area. The funding came from Proposition 1, a water bond approved by voters […]

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THIS JUST IN … Water Commission Releases Next Round of Scores for Water Storage Projects

From the California Water Commission: The California Water Commission today released the next round of staff-recommended scores for eight proposed water storage projects seeking Proposition 1 funding. The three scores released today evaluate the projects based on their ability to meet the state’s environmental and water quality priorities, their resiliency, and potential risks to construction or operation, as required by […]

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California Water Commission posts Water Storage Investment Program Public Benefit Ratio Appeal Responses

From the California Water Commission: California Water Commission staff today released updated assessments of the public benefits of proposed water storage projects, a step that keeps the Commission on track to award $2.7 billion in funding this summer. Proposition 1, approved by voters in 2014, funds the public benefit aspects of water storage projects: specifically, ecosystem improvement, water quality improvement, […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: A primer on water rights permitting and change petitions

Presentation covers applications for new water rights, fully appropriated streams, and change petitions At the March meeting of the California Water Commission, Amanda Montgomery, Chief of the Permitting Section for the Division of Water Rights at the State Water Resources Control Board was on hand to discuss the complex issue of water rights permitting and change petitions.  Ms. Montgomery’s presentation focused […]

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THIS JUST IN … California Water Commission Releases Initial Technical Reviews for 11 Water Storage Projects Seeking Proposition 1 Funding

From the California Water Commission: In a step toward expanding the state’s water storage capacity, the California Water Commission  today released initial technical reviews for 11 water storage projects seeking $2.7 billion in funding under the Proposition 1 Water Storage Investment Program (WSIP). The reviews focused on quantifying the public benefits associated with the proposed projects, as defined in Proposition […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: Update on Sustainable Groundwater Management Implementation

Since the passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) in September of 2014, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) has been working to fulfill its statutory obligations under the legislation.  With the overwhelmingly successful formation of Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) this summer, the focus of the Department now turns to the development and adoption of Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs).  […]

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WATER STORAGE INVESTMENT PGM: New water storage projects showcased at the California Water Commission

Proponents of water storage projects competing for Prop 1 funds present their projects to the California Water Commission The nine members of the California Water Commission have been tasked with deciding how to award the $2.7 billion in Prop 1 funds slated to pay for the public benefits of water storage projects, and competition is pretty fierce.  Eleven storage projects […]

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STATE WATER PROJECT UPDATE: Oroville spillways construction overview, subsidence along the California Aqueduct; DWR’s GHG reduction plan

The nine-member California Water Commission has been given a number of responsibilities as dictated by the California Water Code; one of those is to conduct an annual review of the State Water Project, and report findings and recommendations to the Legislature.  At the November meeting of the California Water Commission, staff from the State Water Project updated the commissioners with […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: Water storage infrastructure in the 21st century

The nine members of the California Water Commission have been given a task: to decide how to award the $2.7 billion in Prop 1 funds slated for water storage; twelve projects have submitted applications. In order to be better informed prior to making the decision, the Commission has been hearing from panels of experts at its monthly meetings.  In September, […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: Overview of Central Valley Project Operations

The Bureau of Reclamation is a federal agency within the Department of the Interior who operates water supply projects throughout the western 17 states, the largest of which is the Central Valley Project.  Jeff Rieker is the Operations Manager for the Central Valley Project.  At the September meeting of the California Water Commission, he gave this presentation providing an overview […]

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