Submitted by Josh Abel on Wed, 02/10/2016 – 1:24pm
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Wednesday introduced a sweeping piece of legislation to combat the years-long California drought. The drought bill, her third such attempt in the last two years, was cast by the Senator as an amalgam of the best ideas from previous bills.
Submitted by Josh Abel on Tue, 02/09/2016 – 11:40am
The Bureau of Reclamation on Monday released its spending plan for the $166.3 million provided to it in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016. The funds will be primarily directed toward Western drought response and rural water projects.
“Reclamation and its partners have created a spending plan that will help ensure sustainable water supplies across the Western United States,” Commissioner Estevan López said. “The funding will go toward conservation and improving long-term infrastructure and environmental work on key water projects.”
Submitted by Pamela Martineau on Mon, 02/08/2016 – 12:25pm
The Legislative Analyst’s Office released a report Feb. 5 that recommends the Legislature adopt Gov. Jerry Brown’s drought-related budget proposals, saying their focus on the “most urgent human and environmental drought–related needs makes sense.”
Submitted by Emily Allshouse on Mon, 02/08/2016 – 10:41am
On Feb. 5, Gov. Jerry Brown announced reappointments to the State Water Resources Control Board and the Central Valley Flood Protection Board.
The five-member State Water Board protects water quality statewide through the federal Clean Water Act and supports and reviews Regional Water Board actions. The Water State Board also is responsible for allocating surface water rights and the state’s emergency urban water conservation regulation.
Submitted by Emily Allshouse on Mon, 02/01/2016 – 11:50am
ACWA is seeking interested candidates to fill two vacancies on its Region 2 Board for the 2016-’17 term. Members of the Region 2 Board determine the direction and focus of region issues and activities, support the fulfillment of ACWA’s goals and play an integral role in the leadership of the association as a whole.
Sponsored by the California Department of Water Resources and the Water Education Foundation, this one-day free briefing will examine hydrologic conditions, precipitation patterns, the need for fishery flows, and forecasts for state and federal water project operations.
The briefing will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center, Room 202.
Even as the potential for heavy El Niño rains has captured the attention of the public, state and federal officials know that California’s drought-stricken reservoirs will not recover that quickly.
Sponsored by the Water Education Foundation, this field trip explores the Lower Colorado River where virtually every drop of the river is allocated, yet demand is growing from a myriad of sources — increasing population, declining habitat, drought and climate change.
The Water Education Foundation’s 33rd annual Executive Briefing, will be held March 17, 2016 in Sacramento. The theme for this year’s briefing is “Defining the New Normal.”
This briefing is intended for water district managers and board members, state and federal agency officials, city and county government officials, farmers, environmentalists, attorneys, consultants, engineers, business executives and public interest groups.
The 2016 Green California Summit will offer presentations from experts and leaders who will provide information and resources to grow green programs. Topics range from water conservation, green fleets and energy efficiency (including Prop 39) to funding. More details here.