PANEL: Water agencies concerned about proposed expansion of ‘waters of the state’

Proposed definition of wetlands and procedures would greatly expand state permitting program, potentially affect recharge basins and constructed facilities, water agencies say “Listen carefully, be amazed, and be frightened,” said Jill Duerig, retiring General Manager of Zone 7 Water Agency at the beginning of a panel discussion at the recent fall ACWA conference on the subject of the proposed state […]

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Public hearings on proposed withdrawal of certain water quality criteria applicable to California

From the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board: EPA is proposing to amend federal regulations to withdraw certain federal water quality criteria for lead, chlorodibromomethane, and dichlorobromomethane applicable to California. The state now has adopted certain criteria for these parameters. EPA approved the state’s site-specific criteria, which are less stringent than the federally promulgated criteria, because EPA determined that […]

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DELTA PROTECTION COMMISSION: Delta Watermaster Michael George gives quarterly update

Update covers consumptive use study, implementation of the WIIN Act, and more … At the November meeting of the Delta Protection Commission, Delta Watermaster Michael George gave his quarterly update to the Commission on the activities of his office and the State Water Resources Control Board.  In his presentation, he discussed the consumptive use study, an update on the activities […]

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ANNOUNCEMENT: State Water Board accepting applications to fund drinking water projects at schools

From the State Water Resources Control Board: The State Water Resources Control Board is now accepting applications for $9.5 million in grant funding for projects that improve drinking water quality and access on public school campuses in disadvantaged communities. The Drinking Water for Schools Grant Program will support new or replacement water bottle filling stations or drinking water fountains, new […]

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Notice of public availability of changes to proposed regulations regarding surface water augmentation

Comments due December 18 From the State Water Resources Control Board: The State Board proposes to amend California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Division 4, Chapters 3 and 17, for the purpose of establishing regulations governing the planned placement of recycled water into a surface water reservoir that is used as a source of domestic drinking water supply; a process […]

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CALIFORNIA WATER FIX: Ruling letter for November 20

From the California Water Fix hearing team at the State Water Resources Control Board: “The ruling contained herein addresses a request to modify our direction regarding objections, an emergency extension request by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), et al., the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) objection to NRDC’s Supplemental Notice of Intent to Appear (Supplemental NOI), an addition to […]

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CALIFORNIA WATER FIX: Ruling on issues concerning supplemental notices of intent to appear

From the State Water Board’s Cal WaterFix hearing team: “We required parties that previously submitted a notice of intent to appear (NOI) indicating their intent to call witnesses to testify during Part 2 of this hearing to submit a supplemental NOI by noon on October 13, 2017. This ruling addresses the supplemental NOIs filed by the San Joaquin River Exchange […]

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ANNOUNCEMENT: California Water Fix Ruling Letter, November 8th

From the State Water Resources Control Board’s Cal Water Fix hearing team: This ruling addresses questions raised by parties during the pre-hearing conference held on October 19, 2017. The ruling letter covers changes in the project, Delta flow criteria, reports authored by the State Water Board, scope of Part 2, and evidentiary objections. Read the ruling letter here:  20171108_post_phc2ruling with […]

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THIS JUST IN … California Fisheries Groups Sue State for Failure to Protect Impaired Waterways

From the Institute for Fisheries Resources: Today four commercial fisheries organizations filed a lawsuit accusing the California State Water Resources Control Board (the Water Board) of failing to fulfill their responsibility to protect clean water and public trust resources in the Bay Delta and Central Valley. At issue is the state’s failure to list long-suffering Delta waterways as impaired on […]

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THIS JUST IN … River Defenders File Lawsuit to Protect California’s Waterways

Suit seeks state compliance with the Clean Water Act and CEQA From the Earth Law Center: Today, a coalition of river defenders filed a lawsuit against the State Water Resources Control Board for its failure to meet key Clean Water Act and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements intended to protect the ecological health of waterways. Lawyers for Clean Water […]

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