DAILY DIGEST: What caused nearly 20,000 earthquakes at Oroville Dam? Scientists weigh in; High tides and storms could be California’s next costly calamity; Nonprofit continues battle to save Klamath Dams; Long waited WOTUS rule addresses uncertainty, but may face litigation ahead; and more …

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In California water news today, What caused nearly 20,000 earthquakes at Oroville Dam? Scientists weigh in; High tides and storms could be California’s next costly calamity; Nonprofit continues battle to save Klamath Dams; Time is running short for Colorado River managers to hammer out drought plan; Long waited WOTUS rule addresses uncertainty, but may face litigation ahead; Huge barrier isn’t […]

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CAL WATER FIX HEARINGS: Protestors write State Water Board, say hearing cannot be finalized

Recent developments propose significant changes to project operations that are not reflected in the modeling, they say Several letters were delivered to the California Water Fix hearing team at the State Water Board yesterday saying that in light of the recent developments, the hearing cannot be finalized and the Board must now reexamine how or if the hearings can go […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: State Water Board decision, Brown-Trump water agreements, Delta smelt, Beyond the drought contingency plan, WOTUS rollback, and more …

Thank you, State Water Board:  On the Public Record writes, “They did it! I am so relieved and pleased. I really worried that there would be political considerations that forced the bullshit voluntary settlements on them and once again, I would have to be giving my own allies the benefit of the doubt as they punt on something that very […]

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MOUNTAIN COUNTIES SYMPOSIUM: Delta Watermaster Michael George and Jason Peltier discuss moving forward in the Delta *UPDATED with comments from Restore the Delta*

This post has been updated with Restore the Delta’s comments added after Michael George’s presentation.  Click to go there. In October of 2018, the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association held a symposium that focused on the California Water Fix, the Delta, and the health of the greater watershed.  Two of the speakers were Michael George, the Delta Watermaster, and Jason Peltier, […]

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RESERVOIR AND WATER CONDITIONS for December 17

Here are the latest reservoir and water conditions, curated from the Department of Water Resources website, the Desert Research Institute, and others: For even more reservoir and water conditions, visit the Notebook’s Water and Hydrology Internet Resources page. Sign up for daily email service and you’ll never miss a post! Sign up for daily emails and get all the Notebook’s […]

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Wishing you happy holidays and a well informed 2019!

Dear readers, Hard to believe, but 2018 is almost over… and if there’s one thing that stands out, it’s that *water* is even more contentious today than even a year ago. Why? Well, the recent California wildfires have focused everyone’s attention on the fact that California is drying out… water is becoming more scarce–from global warming. to the overuse of […]

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BAY DELTA SCIENCE CONFERENCE: Emergent groundwater and sea level rise in the San Francisco Bay Area: the silent and largely unknown underground threat

The threats that sea level rise poses to coastal development from direct inundation are better understood than the threats due to rising groundwater levels. Rising sea level will raise the level of groundwater in coastal aquifers, resulting in damage to buried infrastructure and increased potential for flooding from groundwater inundation. Researchers at UC Berkeley and Silvestrum Climate Associates have performed […]

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BAY DELTA SCIENCE CONFERENCE: Checking assertions with data: Untangling factors that constrain water exports from the San Francisco Bay estuary

In recent years, media reports and editorials have suggested that environmental regulations have made Delta outflows increasingly large, project water exports are frequently limited or even halted by regulations to protect endangered species, and that regulations designed to protect endangered species, the Delta Smelt in particular, are the principal restrictions on exports and are thus responsible for most of the […]

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PANEL DISCUSSION: Emerging legal issues in SGMA implementation

Panel discusses water rights and pumping allocations, groundwater recharge as a beneficial use, public trust doctrine and groundwater, and the fee authorities for GSAs In 2014, California passed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), which required all groundwater basins designated as high or medium priority to form Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) to prepare locally-developed plans to bring the basin into […]

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DR. JEFF MOUNT: Making groundwater a centerpiece of managing the droughts of the future

Four essential policy reforms are needed to reduce the social, economic, and environmental costs of future droughts, says Dr. Mount California’s climate is changing. Hotter temperatures, a shrinking snowpack, shorter and more intense wet seasons, rising sea level, and more volatile precipitation—with wetter wet years and drier dry years—are stressing the state’s water management system. Recent climate projections indicate that […]

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