From the KMTG Natural Resources Blog, the latest news and information from the natural resources practice group at Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard:
“On July 1, 2013, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion rejecting assertions by Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority (TCCA) that California area of origin law entitled its member districts to priority deliveries of Central Valley Project (CVP) water and that the Bureau of Reclamation (Bureau) acted in violation of law by delivering less than 100% of contract amounts during contractual ‘Conditions of Shortage.’ With the opi
“It took the death of a small, rare member of the weasel family to focus the attention of Northern California’s marijuana growers on the impact that their huge and expanding activities were having on the environment. … Road and dam construction clogs some streams with dislodged soil. Others are bled dry by diversions.”
“… Davis voters in March approved a massive project to draw water from the Sacramento River and run it through a new $110 million treatment plant. Starting in 2016, Davis is to get 12 million gallons a day of treated water and its partner, Woodland, another 18 million gallons daily. Because there will be separate pipelines to the two cities, each gets to decide for itself whether to add fluoride.”
“Former Calaveras County supervisor and West Point resident Paul Stein takes a timely look at the Calaveras County Water District in this first in a series of stories on government agencies in Calaveras County. … As one of the original 27 counties of California, Calaveras County was endowed with a significant allocation of water rights from the Mokelumne, Calaveras and Stanislaus rivers.”
“Several weeks ago, the Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA) expressed concerns about a move to curtail or shut down the Coleman National Fish Hatchery located on Battle Creek, according to a memo received from Dick Pool, secretary of the association.
Apparently, battle lines are being drawn in what could become a brawl that lasts for years.”
“Hopes to begin construction this year on the proposed $88 million project to upgrade levees on the west side of the Feather River moved closer to reality with the sale of revenue bonds to help pay for the work.”
The Eel River Forum, a coalition of Eel River stakeholders including public agencies, conservation organizations, tribes, and others gathered at the Cal Fire training station south of Willits last Wednesday, May 29, to learn as much as possible about the controversial Potter Valley Project, which diverts water from the upper main stem Eel River’s annual flow into the Russian River watershed.