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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Delta Protections for Fish to Be Temporarily Eased

From the Stockton Record:

“State and federal officials said Tuesday they will temporarily relax protections for fish in the Delta in order to export more water to drought-ravaged farms and cities, the latest in a series of similar actions.”

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California Snow Levels Improve But Remain Below Normal

From the Los Angeles Times:

“Late winter storms have improved the Sierra Nevada snowpack, but it is still only about a third of the norm for the date, officials report.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Despite Recent Storms, Sierra Snowpack Remains Well Below Normal

From The Sacramento Bee:

“These are strange days for California water officials. The penultimate snow survey of the season Tuesday found the Sierra Nevada snowpack holding 32 percent of normal water content – a relatively dismal reading – and yet many of them expressed relief.”

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Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

News Release: Despite Storms, Snowpack Still Far Below Normal

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

“Department of Water Resources snow surveyors today [April 1] found the Sierra snowpack boosted by late-season storms, but still far below normal as the spring melt fast approaches.

“Coupled with this winter’s scant rainfall, the meager snowpack — containing only 32 percent of average water content for the date — promises a gloomy summer for California farms and many communities.”

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News Release: April 1 Snow Survey Will Reveal Whether Recent Precipitation Has Reversed March’s Steady Decline in Sierra Snowpack

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

“Department of Water Resources surveyors will head back up the mountain on Tuesday, April 1 for their monthly on-the-ground snow survey with an expectation of finding growth in the snowpack due to this week’s storms throughout much of California. …

“Measurements will begin at 11 a.m. and results should be available by early afternoon.”

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News Release: April 1 Snow Survey Will Reveal Whether Recent Precipitation Has Reversed March’s Steady Decline in Sierra Snowpack

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

“Department of Water Resources surveyors will head back up the mountain on Tuesday, April 1, for their monthly on-the-ground snow survey with an expectation of finding growth in the snowpack due to this week’s storms throughout much of California.
Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

DWR California Water Plan eNews

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

This week’s California Water Plan eNews includes:
  • Biodiversity council will focus on improving agency alignment
  • ARB opens comment period for scoping plan’s draft environmental analysis
  • New report details stakeholder input on strategic plan for IRWM in California
  • Collaborative approaches for the Delta Plan on agenda for DSC
  • LAO looks at management of groundwater resources, offers recommendation
  • Central Valley Project report looks at strategies for dealing with
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Blog: Understanding Water Use in California and the Sacramento Valley

From the Northern California Water Association (NCWA) Blog, in a post by Todd Manley:

“In water short years, increased attention is paid to how much water is used in the state, where it is used, and for what purposes. Many different numbers are used to describe water use in the state among generalized water users (environmental, agricultural and urban).
Aquafornia news California WaterBlog by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences in a post by Greg Gartrell

Blog: Where Did All that Water Go? Some Dry Numbers on Today’s Drought

From the California WaterBlog by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences in a post by Greg Gartrell:

“Various water interests lately have been blaming operators of California’s state and federal water projects for worsening this year’s drought. …

“As a longtime water manager recently retired, I had the interest, the knowledge and the time to investigate these claims.”

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Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

DWR Spotlight: Romero Overlook Visitors Center Open

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

“DWR’s Romero Overlook Visitors Center has reopened after a three-week refurbishment project. The center – a popular highway stop that features educational exhibits about the State Water Project — overlooks San Luis Reservoir, the nation’s largest off-stream reservoir.”

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DWR California Water Plan eNews

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

This week’s California Water Plan eNews includes:
  • SWRCB member added to agenda for final Water Plan 2013 meeting
  • PPIC plans a range of discussions on paying for water in California
  • New database provides details on California’s conservation easements
  • Environmental modeling
Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

More Water From State And Federal Projects Will Flow South From The Delta

From Capital Public Radio:

“The California Water Resources Control Board has approved a request to allow the state and federal water projects to export more water south from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.”

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Aquafornia news Best Best & Krieger LLP

Legal Alert: Ninth Circuit Upholds Delta Smelt Biological Opinion Pumping Restrictions

From Best Best & Krieger LLP:

“In a reversal potentially impacting the water supply to millions of Californians, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a biological opinion issued by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) regarding the effect of California State Water Project (SWP) and federal Central Valley Project (CVP) operations on the delta smelt—a small fish located in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The Ninth Circuit held the biological opinion valid, largely based on general principles of deference to federal agencies.
Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

DWR California Water Plan eNews

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

This week’s Water Plan eNews includes:
  • Final meeting for Water Plan 2013 will include a look ahead to 2018
  • Tree ring study may provide help for California’s drought preparedness
  • State survey looking for details on local and regional water projects
  • Impacts of water quality
Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

California to Dam Delta Sloughs If Drought Persists

From The Sacramento Bee:

“In yet another sign of the severe drought facing California, state water officials are planning to temporarily dam three channels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to control salinity intrusion from San Francisco Bay.

“The California Department of Water Resources is working to place the barriers as soon as May 1, if the drought persists.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Storms Bring More Rain Water to Lake Oroville

From the Chico Enterprise-Record:

“No doubt about it, Lake Oroville is still rising, thanks to recent storms. But it has a long way to go.”

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Commentary: A State Board Action Threatens Farm Survival

From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Jim O’Banion:

“The negative impacts of the dry water year will be multiplied many times over if a proposal by a state agency becomes reality. It would overturn water rights held by water districts for more than 100 years.

“In this water-short year, the state Department of Water Resources and the U.S.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Drought Brings Different Winter Task for Sacramento Valley Crops

From the Chico Enterprise-Record:

“Northern California crops are dominated by orchards and rice, which make up the bulk of farm income. …

“Both the Department of Water Resources and the Bureau of Reclamation have said water deliveries will be very low or nonexistent for growers. Some districts with senior water rights have been told water delivery will be 40 percent.

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

DWR California Water Plan eNews

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

This week’s Water Plan eNews includes:
  • Water Plan’s water sustainability work on display in Virginia
  • USACE report on integrated management lines up with California water plans
  • Basin study update available during next week’s WebEx meeting
  • California forum accepting proposa
Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

DWR California Water Plan eNews

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

This week’s Water Plan eNews includes:
  • DWR webinar offers information on emergency water rate structures
  • California and Nevada water rate survey results being made available by AWWA
  • Water is on the agenda for next U.S.

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