News Worth Noting: Senate passes Energy and Water Appropriations Bill; Rep. Costa introduces bill to authorize San Luis Unit settlement agreement; CDFW now accepting proposals for Prop 1 restoration grant programs

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Senate Passes Energy and Water Appropriations Bill From the Office of Senator Feinstein: The Senate today passed the fiscal year 2017 Energy and Water Development appropriations bill by a vote of 90-8. The bill funds key government agencies including the Department of Energy, the Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Reclamation and the National Nuclear Security Administration. “This is the […]

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Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee, Part 2: The near-term future of water storage

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Chair of the Water Commission Joe Byrne discusses the specifics and the process for allocating the water bond’s $2.7 billion for storage projects At the May meeting of the Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee, Chair of the Water Commission Joe Byrne spoke to the Committee about the water storage funds allocated in the bond and the activities the Commission has […]

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California Water Commission begins public meetings on Water Storage Investment Program this week

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Meetings to be held in Chico, Fresno, and Pleasant Hill Last fall, voters approved Prop 1, the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014, which authorized $7.545 billion in general obligation bonds to fund various water and ecosystem projects, including $2.7 billion for investments in the public benefits of water storage projects. Through the Water Storage Investment Program, […]

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Prop 1 oversight hearing, part 3: Looking ahead: Stakeholder recommendations for maximizing public benefits

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Stakeholders discuss how the $7.5 billion in bond funds should be spent to benefit the most Californians The passage of Proposition 1 last November provided $7.5 billion in funding for a variety of water projects and activities, such as water storage, watershed protection and restoration, groundwater sustainability, regional water management, drinking water quality, and flood protection.  The Governor’s proposed budget […]

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Prop 1 oversight hearing, part 2: First out of the gate: State entities with proposed water bond funding

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Department heads tell legislators how they plan to disburse the first round of funds from Proposition 1 Last November, voters approved the $7.5 billion Proposition 1, the water bond.  The Governor’s proposed budget includes the first round of the disbursements of funds from the measure, and with such significant funds on the line, the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and […]

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Proposition 1 Oversight Hearing, part 1: Background on the water bond and principles for moving forward

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Anton Favorini-Csorba gives an overview of Prop 1 and makes recommendations for ensuring legislative oversight on the expenditure of water bond funds Last November, voters approved Proposition 1, the water bond, which provides $7.545 billion in general obligation bond funding for various water-related projects and programs. Voter approval of Prop. 1 means the state now has permission to sell general […]

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This just in … CA Natural Resources Agency releases draft water bond spending schedule, grant guidelines

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From the California Natural Resources Agency: “The California Natural Resources Agency today released a draft schedule detailing the benchmarks for the first year of the ten year expenditure period of the water bond (Proposition 1) that was passed by voters in November 2014. Also, draft guidelines for applications for grants made available by the bond will be available on the  […]

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Agencies and organizations react to the passage of Proposition 1


Yesterday, voters approved Proposition 1, the water bond, by a significant margin.  Here’s what agencies and organizations had to say, listed in alphabetical order: From the Association of California Water Agencies: Timothy Quinn, executive director of the statewide Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), issued the following statement on the passage of Proposition 1 by California voters. The measure authorizes […]

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Delta Protection Commission discusses Proposition 1, plus other notes from the September meeting


At the September 25 meeting of the Delta Protection Commission, the commissioners discussed whether or not they should take a position on Proposition 1, the water bond.  Executive Officer Eric Vink began with a brief presentation on the four provisions in Proposition 1 that are relevant to the Delta in order to set up the discussion. “The first provision provides […]

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Reactions to water bond: Legislators and interest groups respond


Here are reactions to the water bond.  Given the late hour of the passage of the water bond, there will be more statements issued this morning, surely, which I will add to this post. As always, the statements are listed in alphabetical order: From the Association of California Water Agencies: The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) hails the approval […]

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