Water and Energy News for May 29, 2014

The Hill: House action needed quickly on California drought The Sacramento Bee: California water release opponents suffer setback SF Examiner: State could limit city’s longstanding water rights Central Valley Business Times: Water Board OKs cuts to some junior water rights holders All Gov California: Central Valley Farmers Keep Drought Losses at $1.7 Billion by Overtaxing Groundwater Southern California Public Radio: California […]

ACWA eNews for May 28, 2014

ACWA eNews is a weekly roundup of California water news and events. Manage your subscription here. Groundwater Bills Move Forward in the Legislature Submitted by Matt Williams on Wed, 05/28/2014 – 5:13pm Floor votes in the Legislature this week advanced two ACWA-supported bills aimed at sustainably managing California’s groundwater. On Wednesday the Assembly approved AB 1739 by […]

Congressman Garamendi Pleased Bay-Delta Watershed Designated Critical Conservation Area by USDA

 WALNUT GROVE, CA – Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA), a longtime resident of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Member of the House Agriculture and Transportation and Infrastructure committees, is happy to report that the United States Department of Agriculture is naming California’s entire Bay-Delta watershed, covering most of the Central Valley, as one of eight critical conservation […]

California Drought and Water News for May 28, 2014

Fresno Bee: Bill would allow local groundwater management  The Sacramento Bee: More salmon to get truck rides due to drought Southern California Public Radio: Central Valley lawmakers to discuss drought compromise The Washington Times: Nation could face water shortfall in next decade, watchdog warns Here & Now: AP: Historic Water Claims Mean Special Status, Despite Drought Vox: California’s drought is driving […]

State Water Board Drought Year Water Actions

The State Water Board has announced proposed regulations that would require curtailments on water diversions if minimum flows in three Sacramento River tributaries are not met. The emergency regulations will establish drought emergency minimum flow requirements for the protection of specific runs of federal- and state-listed anadromous fish in Mill Creek, Deer Creek and Antelope […]

Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and associated Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) Now Available for Public Review and Comment

The Draft BDCP and BDCP Draft EIR/EIS are being made available to the public for a 180-day review period (including a 60-day extension). The public review and comment period is effective December 13, 2013 through June 13, 2014. Visit the Bay Delta Conservation Plan website for full details. 

NRDC Issue Brief – Proceed with Caution: California’s Drought and Seawater Desalination

I. Introduction For California, 2013 was the driest calendar year ever recorded across virtually the entire state.1 On January 17, 2014, Governor Jerry brown proclaimed the drought to be a State of emergency, directed state officials to take all necessary actions to assist the hardest hit communities, and called for all Californians to pitch in to […]

California Drought and Water News for May 27, 2014

ABC News: California’s Flawed Water System Can’t Track Usage SF Gate: California’s drought takes center stage in D.C. Recordnet.com: Water pumping creates groundswell for regulation Daily Democrat: Congress must act to address state’s water crisis Daily Democrat: Water shortages take toll on state’s alfalfa yields Fresh Plaza: US (CA): Drought bad for citrus now, could […]

Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA): Summary of Key USACE Provisions for Ports & Harbors

Click here for the PDF Report Click here for a Table of Water Resource Development and Conservation Projects   

State Water Board Emergency Regulations for Curtailment of Diversions Due to Insufficient Flow for Specific Fisheries

The State Water Board approved Emergency Regulations for Curtailment of Diversions Due to Insufficient Flow for Specific Fisheries at its May 20, 21, 2014 Board meeting.  On May 23, 2014, the State Water Board staff submitted the emergency rulemaking package to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) for final approval. The OAL submittal is available […]