California Water Commission: Ex Parte Communication Policy for Water Storage Investment Program

On June 21, 2017, the Commission adopted an ex parte communications policy, which applies to implementation of the Water Storage Investment Program (WSIP). The policy is intended to protect the integrity and fairness of the WSIP decision-making process as specified in the Commission’s regulations (Title 23, California Code of Regulations, Sections 6000-6015), and to ensure that all Commissioners may fully […]

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Updated Water Storage Investment Program Application Instructions and Frequently Asked Questions

From the California Water Commission: Updated Application Instructions and Frequently Asked Questions for the Water Storage Investment Program are now available on the Commission’s website. The Application Instructions and GRanTS application were updated to clarify a question in the Public Benefits Tab (Q.3 under Recreation Benefits) regarding where to attach supporting documentation. Two questions and answers were added to the […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: Local perspectives on groundwater management

A look at how GSA formation is going in the Pajaro Valley, Yolo County, and Sacramento regions With the deadline to form groundwater sustainability agencies looming just weeks in the future, at the April meeting of the California Water Commission, commissioners heard from three groundwater managers about how implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act is playing out in their […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: Sustainable Groundwater Management Act implementation update

DWR update provides an overview of GSA formation to date and a preview of new tools to aid GSAs in developing their groundwater sustainability plans At the April meeting of the California Water Commission, Trevor Joseph and Steven Springhorn with the Department of Water Resources Sustainable Groundwater Management program gave a high-level overview of how groundwater sustainability agency formation is […]

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SGMA IMPLEMENTATION: Briefing on the Water Available for Replenishment Report

DWR’s Jim Wieking briefs California Water Commission on the report concept and what’s in it; also an update on the Water Storage Investment Program At the March meeting of the California Water Commission, Jim Wieking from the Department of Water Resource’s Division of Statewide Integrated Water Management briefed the Commissioners on the Water Available for Replenishment Report (WAFR). The Department […]

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A review of pending Delta Plan Amendments

Delta Stewardship Council’s Dan Ray briefs the California Water Commission on pending Delta Plan amendments for conveyance, storage, and operations, and investments in Delta levees At the March meeting of the California Water Commission, Dan Ray, Chief Deputy Executive Officer of the Delta Stewardship Council, updated the Commission members on new amendments to the Delta Plan that are currently under […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: Hydrology and State Water Project operations update

“In just a 6-week period beginning in mid-January through the end of February, we passed through Lake Oroville the entire volume of the lake essentially,“ says SWP Principal Engineer John Leahigh At the March meeting of the California Water Commission, John Leahigh, Principal Engineer for the State Water Project, gave this update on the current hydrological conditions and operations of […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: Update on development of water loss audit regulation, Water Storage Investment Program timeline

With the passage of SB-555 in October 2015, all urban retail water suppliers in the state are required to submit a validated water loss audit annually to the Department of Water Resources (DWR) beginning October 2017.  As a result of the legislation, DWR is developing regulations for the requirements for water loss audits and their submission. The 9-member Commission is […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: Best management practices for SGMA implementation; Water loss audit regulation

Best management practices for implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act due by end of year; A look at the upcoming water loss audit regulation At the November meeting of the California Water Commission, agenda items included a presentation on the upcoming best management practices, which were released in draft form at the end of October; and a presentation on […]

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THIS JUST IN … California Water Commission Seeks Public Comment on Proposition 1 Water Storage Investment Program Regulations

From the California Water Commission: The California Water Commission, responsible for allocating $2.7 billion in voter-approved bond funds for new water storage projects, seeks public comment on an update of its draft regulations and additional documents related to the Water Storage Investment Program. A new public comment period opened on November 22, 2016 and will extend until 5 p.m. on […]

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