Guest blogger: Rebuttal to yesterday’s media call: Opportunities Lost

From Cannon Michael (@agleader), this guest commentary and rebuttal to yesterday’s Pacific Institute and NRDC Media Call: California is experiencing a drought.  It isn’t the first and it won’t be the last.  This year only briefly started on par with the last big drought of 1977.  Storms in February and March have pulled California out of that driest trajectory – […]

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This just in … Modifications announced for the State and Federal Water Projects Temporary Urgency Change Petitions

Today, the State Water Resources Control Board held a media call to explain the latest modifications to the Temporary Urgency Change orders for the state and federal water projects.  Speaking on the call were Mark Cowin, Director of the Department of Water Resources; Pablo Arroyave, Deputy Regional Director, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation; and Tom Howard, Executive Director of State Water […]

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Keeping salinity in the Delta at bay during the drought

From the March issue of the San Francisco Estuary Partenrship’s ESTUARY News, this article written by Ariel Rubissow Okamoto: “As the dry, warm days went on
 and on and on this winter, two guys intimate with California’s Sacramento San Joaquin River delta shifted gears. One reassigned staff from flood to drought response, and the other lay awake at night imagin
ing […]

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State Water Board issues notice of additional modifications to the order approving a temporary urgency change for SWP and CVP

From the State Water Resources Control Board: “On January 29, 2014, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) jointly filed a Temporary Urgency Change Petition (TUCP) that requested the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) to temporarily modify water right permit and license terms for the Central Valley Project and the State […]

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Temporary Urgency Change Order amended to relax export restriction during significant storms when permit conditions are met

From the State Water Resources Control Board: (note: the emphasis added below is Maven’s) “On January 29, 2014, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) jointly filed a Temporary Urgency Change Petition (TUCP) that requested the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) to temporarily modify water right permit and license terms for […]

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Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson updates the State Water Board on water use in the Delta, Term 91, and more

At the January 21st State Water Resources Control Board meeting, Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson updated the Board on the activities of his office, which include the collection of data on water use in the Delta, permits in the larger Delta watershed and specifically about Term 91 and how it’s been implemented uniquely this year, a new interactive Delta water use […]

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Santa Clara Valley Water District BDCP workstudy session, part 2: American Rivers John Cain and The Nature Conservancy’s Leo Winternitz discuss the BDCP

So what does the environmental community think of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan? In order to understand the details of the Plan better, earlier this year American Rivers and The Nature Conservancy commissioned an independent science panel review to evaluate the draft documents of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.  (Click here for the report.)  At the November 8 workstudy session […]

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Letter: Friends of the San Francisco Estuary want BDCP to analyze effects on SF Bay; more outflow for Delta

The Friends of the San Francisco Estuary have written two letters to state officials regarding the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. The first letter is addressed to Chair Felicia Marcus of the State Water Resources Control Board.  In the letter, they ask for total Delta outflows and Bay inflows to be increased during the update to the Bay-Delta Water Quality Control […]

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State Water Project operations outlook for 2014

At the National Water Research Institute’s Drought Response Workshop, October 8, 2013, John Leahigh, Principal Engineer for State Water Project Operations at California Department of Water Resources, gave a briefing on the outlook for operations of the State Water Project in the coming year. During his presentation, he discussed the challenge of the newer, variable regulatory requirements in planning for operations […]

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State Water Board sends letter to diverters of surface water; warns there will be “little or no natural and abandoned flows in the Delta watershed and other stream systems” come fall

From the State Water Resources Control Board, this letter addressed to ‘Diverters of Surface Water and Interested Persons’: “For the past two years, much of California has experienced record dry and warm conditions.  For 2013, the combined total precipitation for the months of January through May is the driest in about 90 y·ears of record. Reservoir operators reported lower than […]

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