From the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA):
“The California State Board of Food and Agriculture and the California Water Commission will hold a joint meeting concerning the state’s water supply on September 10th in Sacramento. The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, 1220 ‘N’ Street – Main Auditorium, Sacramento, CA 95814.
“’California’s current water situation spells uncertainty for agricultural interests throughout this state,’ said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross.
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):
“The California Water Commission and the California State Board of Food and Agriculture will hear about the state’s water situation from top water leaders during a joint meeting scheduled Tuesday, Sept. 10, in Sacramento.”
The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors has scheduled a public workshop for Wednesday in the Condit Auditorium, El Centro, to recap the district’s water conservation activities to date in 2013 and actions considered for implementation in the year ahead.”
“Every third Saturday in September, Californians join together to take part in the state’s largest annual volunteer event, California Coastal Cleanup Day. Families, friends, coworkers, scout troops, school groups, service clubs, businesses and individuals celebrate and share their appreciation of California’s fabulous coast and waterways by supporting and participating in cleanup events, including numerous locations in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.”
“Is the state thinking about Northern California as twin tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are considered? And do people in Northern California have a thing or two they’d like to tell the state?
“The public will have a chance to ask high-level water officials about the Bay Delta Conservation Plan during a forum 1-4 p.m. Thursday at the Masonic Family Center in Chico, 1110 W.
“Representatives from the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) will be holding office hours in Delta communities starting this week through late September. The office hours have been introduced as a one-on-one resource for Delta landowners and the public who have questions regarding the recently announced alignment changes or other general questions about the program. These office hours are not intended as a public meeting or forum.
“Lake Tahoe and the environmental perils it faces will be back in the spotlight Monday as hundreds of leading scientists, elected officials and environmentalists convene for an annual forum touting successes and identifying new challenges that threaten its famed clear waters.
“Former Vice President Al Gore, who for decades has warned of the perils of climate change, will give the keynote address at Sand Harbor State Park, with the lake’s aqua marine waters and majestic ring of mountains as a backdrop.”
“State wildlife officials have opened registration for annual tours to observe greater sandhill cranes, a threatened bird that visits the Sacramento region each winter.
The cranes took a more prominent place in the news this week when the California Department of Water Resources announced plans to route a giant water diversion tunnel through Staten Island in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.”
“A recent series of reports have detailed fracking in the Pacific Ocean, prompting California lawmakers to disseminate letters asking the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Coastal Commission to investigate.
“The state Coastal Commission responds today, with deputy director Alison Dettmer discussing offshore fracking during a commission meeting in Santa Cruz.
From the Association of California Water Agencies:
“Cost impacts of a new drinking water standard for chromium-6, the water-energy nexus and regulation of hydraulic fracturing in California were front and center at ACWA’s third annual Regulatory Summit Aug. 14 in Oxnard. …
“In keynote remarks at lunch, state Department of Conservation Director Mark Nechodom provided a look at the process under way to develop regulations addressing fracking. The department released a discussion draft of regulations in December and has held workshops throughout the state to gather input.
“The proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan’s price tag comes under the magnifying glass again today with a 9:30 a.m. joint hearing of the Senate committees on Natural Resources and Water and Governance and Finance. Witnesses will include Natural Resources Agency Secretary John Laird and Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Charlton ‘Chuck’ Bonham.”
“Scientists studying invasive species at Lake Tahoe are looking forward to a chance to press for more long-term research when Al Gore returns to an environmental summit next weekend that he helped kick off 17 years ago to combat threats to the azure lake’s clarity.”