DAILY DIGEST: California likely to see a dry winter, but nothing’s certain; Groundwater pumpers beware: The Public Trust Doctrine is lurking; California delays ballast water treatment standard; The pros and cons of introducing non-native fish species; and more …

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In California water news today, California likely to see a dry winter, a federal report warns. But nothing’s certain; New groundwater law will have significant impact on Valley farmers starting in 2020; Groundwater Pumpers Beware: The Public Trust Doctrine is Lurking; California delays its almost-impossible-to-achieve ballast water treatment standard; The pros and cons of introducing non-native fish species; What climate […]

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Help grow the California Water Library

You may remember that, about two years ago, we launched the California Water Library. The Library evolved in response to a growing problem: How to find quality, in-depth information on California water issues quickly and confidently. CWL provides easy, organized access to a carefully chosen collection of authoritative information about California’s myriad water issues. The Library now provides streamlined links […]

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DAILY DIGEST: Water Board OKs 35-year plan to tackle farm pollution; Groundwater recharge projects get boost under AB 658; New CA law creates path to water industry jobs for Vets; DWR prepares CA water system for next ‘Big One’; and more …

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In California water news today, California Water Board OKs 35-Year Plan to Tackle Farm Pollution; Groundwater Recharge Projects Get Boost Under AB 658; New California Law Creates Path to Water Industry Jobs for Vets; DWR Prepares California Water System for Next ‘Big One’; ‘I’m standing right here in the middle of climate change’: How USDA is failing farmers; State requirements […]

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PERSPECTIVES: DWR Director Karla Nemeth on Oroville Dam, the Governor’s water resilience portfolio, Delta conveyance, the Voluntary Agreements, and more …

Interview and write-up by Lisa Beutler, Stantec (Sacramento, CA).  This article appeared first in The Water Report and is reprinted here with permission. In late August, California Department of Water Resources (DWR) Director Karla Nemeth graciously set aside some time to talk with us about the Department she leads and its role in confronting California’s water challenges.  The wide-ranging interview […]

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SCIENCE NEWS: Chinook salmon flocking to revitalized San Joaquin River; California power shutdowns raise air pollution worries; Our energy grid is vulnerable. Locally sourced power may be the answer; On the Northwest’s Snake River, the case for dam removal grows; and more …

In science news this week: Chinook Salmon Flocking to Revitalized San Joaquin River; California power shutdowns raise air pollution worries; Our energy grid is vulnerable. Locally sourced power may be the answer; On the Northwest’s Snake River, the Case for Dam Removal Grows; Ancient Maya canals and fields show early and extensive impacts on tropical forests;  Researchers map the evolutionary […]

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THIS JUST IN … State Water Board Approves Central Valley Water Board Plan to Reduce Nitrate Contamination in Groundwater and Provide Replacement Drinking Water

From the State Water Resources Control Board: The State Water Resources Control Board today approved an ambitious, long-term plan to address the buildup of salt and nitrates in Central Valley groundwater basins and surface water, and ensure delivery of clean drinking water to disadvantaged communities impacted by nitrates until impaired aquifers are restored. Approved after more than 13 years in […]

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DAM REMOVAL: Dammed if you do, dammed if you don’t

San Clemente Dam, Klamath Dams, and Matilija Dam removal spotlighted at ACWA Conference The time, expense, and regulatory uncertainty of providing viable and effective fish passage have propelled reservoir operators to pursue dam removal in watersheds throughout the state. The Caramel River Reroute and the San Clemente Dam Project is the largest dam removal project ever to occur in California […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Payback and crossing enviro community; Climate change and instream flows, Perspectives on groundwater sustainability; Wrong advice for Klamath River salmon; From “The Great Mistake” to “Science Be Dammed”; and more …

In blogs this week: Payback! When you cross the California environmental community, they will let you know; Climate change and instream flows; Perspectives on Groundwater Sustainability; California Taketh!; Can we understand it all? ; Klamath River Salmon – the Wrong Advice!; Reimagining our Water System: Utilizing Natural Infrastructure—Groundwater Recharge; From “The Great Mistake” to “Science Be Dammed”; Aging Dams, Forgotten […]

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GROUNDWATER RECHARGE: Balancing our depleted groundwater supplies and ecosystem needs

Groundwater managers across the state are looking to groundwater recharge as a potential solution to their community’s water challenges. However, there are concerns about how groundwater recharge in the age of SGMA actually works and how to ensure sufficient instream flows to protect those beneficial uses. To address these questions, the Local Government Commission and the Clean Water Fund held […]

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METROPOLITAN BAY-DELTA COMMITTEE: SWP contract amendment for Delta conveyance; Activities of the Delta conveyance JPAs; Delta Smelt Resiliency Strategy

At the September meeting of Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay Delta, Steve Arakawa, Metropolitan’s Bay Delta Initiatives Manager, updated the committee members on the negotiations between the State Water Project contractors and the Department of Water Resources regarding the Delta conveyance project, and the activities of the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority and the Delta Conveyance Finance JPA.  […]

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