California Water Plan Update 2018: Managing water resources for sustainability

The draft of the update, just under 50 pages, is a much more trimmed down version of its predecessors and includes cost estimates and funding options; public comment period through January 21st Kamyar Guivetchi is with the California Department of Water Resources, Statewide Integrated Water Management Branch where one of the main activities is updating the California Water Plan every […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: DWR releases draft California Water Plan Update 2018 for public review; House passes Gibbs’ bipartisan bill to help communities comply with clean water standards; Water and climate update: Rain, snow, and wind target the Pacific Northwest

DWR Releases Draft California Water Plan Update 2018 For Public Review From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today released the Public Review Draft of the California Water Plan Update 2018 . The draft plan presents a vision for greater collaboration in water management, with a focus on achieving long-term sustainability and improvements to public […]

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FUNDING AVAILABLE: DWR solicits proposals from Local Maintaining Agencies seeking financial assistance

From the Department of Water Resources FLOODSafe Program: The Flood Maintenance Assistance Program (FMAP) is a new program that provides State funds for eligible maintenance activities to Local Maintaining Agencies (LMAs) and Maintenance Areas (MAs). This program will help ensure that State Plan of Flood Control facilities are properly maintained and have sufficient resources, including funding, to meet applicable federal […]

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THIS JUST IN … RESTORE THE DELTA: DWR’S No Harm Agreement & Letter Of Dismissal To Water Agencies: A “Surrender Dorothy” Effort To Save WaterFix By The Brown Administration

From Restore the Delta: Documents released to the Planning and Conservation League via a public records act request this week reveal details of the “No Harm Agreement” between the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the Federal Bureau of Reclamation (the Bureau) regarding California WaterFix.  In addition, a “Letter of Dismissal,” a document demanding that specific water districts and […]

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SGMA IMPLEMENTATION: New Climate Change Data Tools Available

From the Department of Water Resources, Sustainable Groundwater Management Office: Three, new climate change tools are now available on the California Natural Resources Agency Open Data Platform to assist local agencies with groundwater planning. The tools are: ArcGIS tool designed to work with USGS MODFLOW models. ArcGIS tool designed to work with Department of Water Resources IWFM models. Second Order […]

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STATE WATER PROJECT CONTRACT EXTENSTION: DWR Approves Water Supply Contract Extension Project

From the Department of Water Resources: The Director of the Department of Water Resources on December 11, 2018 approved the Water Supply Contract Extension Project. In accordance with CEQA, DWR also filed its Notice of Determination for the Project with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. In addition, the Director signed the Contract Extension Amendment with The Metropolitan Water […]

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: DWR is soliciting project proposals for grant funding in the Central Valley (Central Valley Tributaries Program)

From the Department of Water Resources: Flooding in recent years provides a reminder of how important it is to invest in California’s flood infrastructure. The Central Valley Tributaries Program provides Proposition 1 funding for multi-benefit flood risk reduction projects on tributaries to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The projects to be funded will address Central Valley flood risk for urban […]

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SGMA IMPLEMENTATION: DWR releases draft BMP for sustainable management criteria

Public comments due by January 8 Recently, the Department of Water Resources Sustainable Groundwater Management Program released a draft Best Management Practice (BMP) document that focuses on Sustainable Management Criteria (SMC) for public comment.  This BMP characterizes the relationship between the different sustainable management criteria and describes best management practices for developing these criteria as part of a Groundwater Sustainability Plan […]

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SUSTAINABLE GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM NEWS: Sustainable management criteria public meetings; Basin boundary modifications; Guidance documents for engagement and communication; and more …

From DWR’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Program: Sustainable Management Criteria Public Meetings & Webcast The Department of Water Resources Sustainable Groundwater Management Program will host three public meetings next week introducing its newest Best Management Practice (BMP) publication, Sustainable Management Criteria (SMC).  This BMP characterizes the relationship between the different sustainable management criteria – the sustainability goal, undesirable results, minimum thresholds, […]

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OROVILLE DAM: Spillways construction update

Today the Department of Water Resources (DWR) provided an update on construction activities on the Lake Oroville Spillways Emergency Recovery Project.   Construction on the Main Spillway General site cleanup, concrete finishing, joint sealing and completion of drainage systems continues at the 3,000-foot gated flood control spillway, also known as the main spillway. This finishing work is expected to be […]

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