CA WATER COMMISSION: DWR’s Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

Assessment looks at six categories of vulnerability: wildfire, extreme heat, sea level rise, long-term persistent hydrologic changes, short-term extreme hydrologic changes, and habitat and ecosystem services impacts In order to address the impacts of climate change on the state’s water resources, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) has been developing its own comprehensive Climate Action Plan to guide how DWR […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: Feather River Fish Hatchery

The Feather River Fish Hatchery is a State Water Project facility that was built in conjunction with the construction of Oroville Dam.  The fish hatchery is a joint operation of the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Water Resources. The Department of Fish and Wildlife conducts the fish spawning, rearing, and stocking activities, while the Department of […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: Using flood water for Managed Aquifer Recharge

Panel discusses research and strategies for using flood water with a focus on on-farm recharge With the passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, many groundwater basins are looking towards groundwater recharge as a tool to help bring their basins into balance.  “Flood-MAR” is a resource management strategy that uses flood water for managed aquifer recharge (MAR) on agricultural lands, […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: The Climate Registry: Water-Energy Nexus; Dam safety fee regulations; 2018 State Water Project Review

At the February meeting of the California Water Commission, the Commissioners heard a presentation on the Climate Registry, approved new regulations for dam safety fees, received an update on the Water Storage Investment Program, and started their annual review of the State Water Project. THE CLIMATE REGISTRY: WATER-ENERGY NEXUS The Climate Registry is a non-profit organization governed by U.S. states […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: Implementing AB 1755: The Open and Transparent Water Data Act; Groundwater Basin Boundary Modifications

At the January meeting of the California Water Commission, the commissioners were given a presentation on the progress in implementing AB 1755, The Open and Transparent Water Data Act, and a briefing on the draft groundwater basin boundary modifications as part of the Department of Water Resources’ ongoing efforts to implement the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. THE OPEN AND TRANSPARENT […]

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WATER STORAGE INVESTMENT PROGRAM: Applicants, state agencies to discuss the administration of public benefits

From the California Water Commission: The California Water Commission conditionally awarded nearly $2.7 billion in Proposition 1 funding in July 2018 for eight new water storage projects through the Water Storage Investment Program. As a next step, the Commission has scheduled orientation meetings in February for project applicants to meet with state agencies that will administer the public benefits of […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: Climate change effects on the State Water Project and Central Valley Project

The latest climate change assessments show reduced Delta exports and carryover storage due to climate change likely by mid-century In the latter half of 2018, both the federal and state governments released new climate change assessments that outline the projected course of climate change and its potential effects on water resources.  Both federal and state assessments include chapters on water […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: Overview of Water Use Efficiency Legislation, Water Storage Investment Program Update

At the November meeting of the California Water Commission, agenda items included an overview of the SB 606/AB 1668 water conservation legislation which was passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor earlier this year; Commission staff also gave an update on the Water Storage Investment Program, including the status of the contracts for administration of public benefits. OVERVIEW […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: Update on implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

DWR updates the Commissioners on the evaluation of alternative plans, basin boundary modifications, and basin prioritization At the November meeting of the California Water Commission, staff from the Sustainable Groundwater Management Program at the Department of Water Resources updated the Commissioners on the various activities of the Department to implement Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). Taryn Ravazzini, the Deputy Director […]

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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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