AFTERNOON NEWS FLASH … Public Meetings on Permitting for Long-term Operations of the State Water Project Planned

From the Department of Water Resources: Today, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) issued notice that it will seek an updated environmental permit to operate the State Water Project through a state-based approach in partnership with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). The department’s notice that it will prepare an Environmental Impact Report for long-term operation of the […]

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DAILY DIGEST: Reclaiming the lost population of winter-run Chinook salmon; Water abundance mixed blessing for farms; Seawater intrusion: Understanding a growing threat to freshwater; Secretive ‘harbor master’ steers Colorado River campaign; and more …

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In California water news today, Reclaiming the lost population of winter-run Chinook salmon; Water abundance mixed blessing for farms; Seawater intrusion: Understanding a growing threat to freshwater; Lost sea creatures wash up on California shores as ocean climate shifts; Why Are So Many Gray Whales Washing Up Dead on California’s Coast?; Arsenic in Some Bottled Water Brands at Unsafe Levels, […]

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ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT FORUM, Part 3: Challenges and lessons learned with adaptive management in the Bay-Delta

Panel of Delta project managers discuss how they apply adaptive management in their projects Adaptive management is defined in the Delta Reform Act as “a framework and flexible decision making process for ongoing knowledge acquisition, monitoring, and evaluation leading to continuous improvements in management planning and implementation of a project to achieve specified objectives”.  Although the Delta Reform Act calls […]

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SCIENCE NEWS: Tropical storms connected to Central Valley heat waves; Sinking salmon populations hidden by hatcheries; Salinity cycles in Lower Colorado River; Cover crops: Good for water quality?; and more …

In science news this week: Predicting heat waves? Look half a world away: When thunderstorms brew over the tropics, California heat wave soon to follow:  “When heavy rain falls over the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia and the eastern Pacific Ocean, it is a good indicator that temperatures in central California will reach 100°Fin four to 16 days, according to […]

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ERNEST CONANT: Federal priorities for Reclamation Mid-Pacific Region for 2019

Reclamation Mid-Pacific Regional Director talks about progress made in implementing the directives in the Presidential Memo At the Friant Water Authority’s Annual Dinner held in Bakersfield last week, the keynote speaker was Ernest Conant, who was appointed Regional Director of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region on January 17th of this year.   Mr. Conant is no stranger to Kern County, […]

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PANEL PRESENTATION: Funding options for Groundwater Sustainability Agencies

Presentation reviews the GSA fee authorities granted in SGMA, looks at the various fees enacted by some GSAs, and a case study of how one GSA set their fees As Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) work to develop their Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs), funding the development of those plans will become essential.  The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) grants specific fee […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Trump Administration’s cold water war with CA, Bruce Babbitt and CALFED Framework; Farmers, water allocations, and water taxes; Water bond lessons; and more …

Trump Administration’s Cold Water War With California Turns Hot:  Richard Frank writes, “When it comes to California water policy, the federal-state relationship has always been both strained and challenging.  That intergovernmental tension harkens back at least to the Reclamation Act of 1902.  In section 8 of this iconic federal statute that transformed the American West, Congress declared that the federal […]

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ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT FORUM, Part 2: How adaptive management is applied in other ecosystems

Presentations highlight structured decision making, collective action on invasive species, and a scoring system for restoration projects Adaptive management is a strategy for making management decisions under uncertain conditions using the best available science rather than repeatedly delaying action until more information is available.  The adaptive management approach integrates learning into management decisions and providing an approach to revise projects […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: Using flood water for Managed Aquifer Recharge

Panel discusses research and strategies for using flood water with a focus on on-farm recharge With the passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, many groundwater basins are looking towards groundwater recharge as a tool to help bring their basins into balance.  “Flood-MAR” is a resource management strategy that uses flood water for managed aquifer recharge (MAR) on agricultural lands, […]

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