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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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: Article 21 water, explained

Some of the new water storage projects plan to use Article 21 water in part to fill their projects.  What is Article 21 water and how often is it available? 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 […]

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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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