State Water Board to consider climate change resolution at upcoming meeting

The State Water Resources Control Board is set to consider adopting a resolution at their February 22nd board meeting that will further incorporate climate change considerations into water board actions. The State Water Board adopted a similar resolution in 2007 outlining the actions staff should take to respond to climate change and support the implementation of the state’s 2006 landmark […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY: State Water Resources Control Board releases its first water-related climate change resolution

California Water Governance Takes Important Step Forward By Robert Shibatani The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) released its new Resolution titled, “Comprehensive Response to Climate Change – Resolution No. 2017-XXX”.  This Resolution will, for the first time, provide SWRCB staff the opportunity to develop specific new guidance on the analytical methods, procedures, and permitting approvals associated with a wide […]

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STATE WATER BOARD: Update on temporary water right permits for groundwater recharge

The ongoing statewide drought and implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act have triggered increased interest in capturing high surface water flows for the purpose of recharging groundwater basins. As part of the Executive Order Governor Brown issued in November 2015, the State Water Board was directed to expedite temporary permits for capturing high precipitation events for local storage or […]

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THIS JUST IN … Statewide Water Savings Top 18 Percent in September

Conservation Still Needed Despite Early Rains From the State Water Resources Control Board: The State Water Resources Control Board today announced that urban Californians’ monthly water conservation was 18.3 percent in September, up from 17.5 percent in August but below the 26.2 percent savings in September 2015, when state-mandated conservation targets were in place. The State Water Board stressed the […]

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THIS JUST IN … State Water Board Seeks Comment on Draft Science Report for Sacramento River and Delta Flow Requirements

Public comment accepted through December 16, 2016; public hearing to be held December 7 State Water Resources Control Board staff today released a working draft Scientific Basis Report for fisheries and flows in the Sacramento River and Bay-Delta. The Report is the next step in the State Water Board’s update of the Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan. The draft Report […]

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CAL WATER FIX: DWR files Incidental Take Permit application; State Water Board issues ruling on multiple objections to submitted testimony

Department of Water Resources files Incidental Take Permit Application for California Water Fix From the California Water Fix website: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has submitted an incidental intake application for California WaterFix to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) in compliance with the California Endangered Species Act (CESA). Consistent with the federal Endangered Species Act process […]

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THIS JUST IN … Statewide Water Conservation Drops Below 18 Percent in August​

Water Suppliers Urged to Maintain Conservation Message From the State Water Resources Control Board: The State Water Resources Control Board today announced that urban Californians’ monthly water conservation declined to 17.7 percent in August, down from 27 percent savings in August 2015, raising concerns that some water suppliers are abandoning their focus on conservation as California heads into a possible […]

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Cal Water Fix update: State Water Board issues ruling, grants 27-day extension of deadline to submit objections for California Water Fix hearing

Late Friday, the State Water Resources Control Board issued a ruling responding to the multiple requests for an extension of the deadline to submit procedural or evidentiary objections concerning the DWR and Reclamation’s submitted documents outlining their case for the California Water Fix project. Multiple groups had requested an extension due to the large volume of material that was submitted […]

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This just in … State Water Board Dismisses Enforcement Actions Against Byron-Bethany and The West Side Irrigation Districts

Board Action Sustains Authority to Enforce Water Rights System When Demand Exceeds Supply in Droughts From the State Water Resources Control Board: “Today the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) adopted an order dismissing a pair of enforcement actions brought against two water districts alleged to have taken water not available due to drought conditions. The Order follows […]

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Californians ramp up water conservation to 26.1% in April

State Water Board stresses need to continue water savings as drought persists From the State Water Resources Control Board: The State Water Resources Control Board today applauded a high-level of water conservation in April—a 26.1 percent reduction over 2013 usage—but reminded urban water suppliers that they must continue to make water conservation a top priority amidst ongoing drought conditions across […]

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