Delta Watermaster Michael George gives his quarterly report to the Delta Stewardship Council

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Report covers SB-88 implementation, recent water rights rulings, the New Delta Accords, and the status of the update to the Delta’s Water Quality Control Plan At the July meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, Delta Watermaster Michael George gave a lengthy update on the activities and the State Water Board, covering the implementation of SB 88, the settlement of Delta […]

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Delta Watermaster reports to the Stewardship Council on the results of last year’s voluntary reduction program among Delta farmers

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The farmers achieved a 32% reduction in diversions At the March meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, Delta Watermaster Michael George briefed council members on the report on the voluntary reduction program among in-Delta water rights claimants that was in place last summer over the growing season, work being done on salinity hotspots in the Delta, implementation of the new […]

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Delta Watermaster reports to the Delta Protection Commission on the consumptive use study and the voluntary diversion reduction program

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Also, DWR’s Paul Marshall updates Commission on the effectiveness drought barrier Attending a Delta Protection Commission meeting is, among other things, a chance to step inside some of the Delta’s beautiful and historic buildings, and the March meeting was no exception.  Held at the historic Ryde Hotel near Walnut Grove, the meeting featured a report by Delta Watermaster Michael George […]

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The Delta Watermaster’s quarterly report: Drought, data, near-term initiatives, and the Delta Plan

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  Delta Watermaster Michael George updates the Delta Stewardship Council on the activities of his office and the State Board to address the ongoing drought, as well as prepare for post-drought At the May meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, Delta Watermaster Michael George updated council members on the activities of the State Water Board and of his office, including […]

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Craig Wilson, the first Delta watermaster, reflects on his four years in office

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Just last week, the State Water Resources Control Board appointed Michael George to be the new Delta Watermaster.  He’ll be filling the shoes of Criag Wilson, who was appointed in 2010 to be the state’s first Delta Watermaster, a position that was established by the 2009 Delta Reform Act. On a recent trip to Sacramento, I sat down with Mr. […]

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Retiring Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson gives his last report to the Delta Protection Commission

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On September 25th, the Delta Protection Commission met in Discovery Bay.  On the agenda, an update from retiring Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson and the Commission’s consideration of taking a position on Proposition 1, the water bond.  This is the first of two-part coverage from the meeting and covers the presentation by the Delta Watermaster.  Part two will post tomorrow and […]

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

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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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Delta Watermaster presents report on California’s Area of Origin laws to State Water Board

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One of the statutory responsibilities of the Delta Watermaster is to present reports to the State Water Resources Control Board and the Delta Stewardship Council on various water resource issues.  On October 8th, Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson presented his eighth report to the Board titled “California’s Area of Origin Laws”. Mr. Wilson began by saying that he’d heard Area of […]

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Delta Watermaster update to the State Water Board: Dry conditions and Delta water quality standards, Term 91, water use statements and more

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At the August 6th meeting of the State Water Resources Control Board, Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson updated Board members on the activities of his office. Complaint against DFG’s water use in the Delta resolved:  A complaint had been made alleging that the Department of Fish and Wildlife did not have valid water rights to support some of their diversions of […]

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The Delta Watermaster presents his latest report, Gates and Barriers, to the State Water Board

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The landmark Delta Reform Act of 2009 made many changes to governance in the Delta, including a provision that required the appointment of a Delta Watermaster.  The legislation charged the watermaster with several functions, including the responsibility for the administration of water rights in the Delta, enforcement activities, and monitoring and reporting of water diversions within the Delta watershed.  The […]

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