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Aquafornia news Delta Stewardship Council (DSC)

News Release: Independent Science Panel Releases Review of 2013 Long-term Operations Biological Opinion Actions

From the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC):

“An independent science panel convened by the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Science Program has released its annual review of the implementation of actions required under the Endangered Species Act for the prior year’s operations of the State/Federal Water Projects.”

Read more from the DSC news release

 

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Governor Convenes Drought Task Force to Help Prepare

From the Associated Press:

“Gov. Jerry Brown is convening a task force to help determine whether a statewide drought declaration is warranted. …

“While a drought has not been declared, 2014 is expected to be the third straight year with low rainfall.”

Read more from AP

Learn more about drought on Water Education Foundation’s Aquapedia

Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

Valley Assembly Members Urge Gov. Jerry Brown to Declare Drought

From The Fresno Bee:

“Democratic Assembly Members Henry T. Perea of Fresno, Rudy Salas of Bakersfield and Adam Gray of Merced urged Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a statewide drought due to dry weather and low water allocations to farms.”

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Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

DWR California Water Plan eNews: This Week’s Update

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

This week’s Water Plan eNews includes:
  • With another potential dry year on the way, DWR names drought management team
  • Draft report details delivery reliability of State Water Project
  • Comment period opens for plan to measure benefits of water storage projects
  • Tool featured at Sonoma conference for integrated water and land management
  • CDFA task force releases recommendations for tracking and reporting nitrogen use
  • Delta Regional Report on agenda for next month’s
Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

News Release: Department of Water Resources Names Drought Management Team to Prepare for a Dry 2014

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

“The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has mobilized a new drought management effort to prepare for and reduce potential impacts of what is expected to be a third straight dry year in 2014. DWR Director Mark Cowin said the department is focusing its personnel and programs ‘to offset potentially devastating impacts to citizen health, well-being and our economy.’

“Cowin has appointed Bill Croyle to lead the effort as department drought manager.

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

DWR Spotlight: Drought Preparedness Workshop in Central Valley

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

“Staff from DWR, Fresno State’s Center for Irrigation Technology, the University of California at Davis and the U.S. Department of Agriculture advise the Central Valley agricultural community how to best prepare for a potentially dry 2014.”

Read more from DWR’s Spotlight, and see the photos

 

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

News Release: DWR Issues Draft State Water Project Reliability Report

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

“The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has issued its Draft State Water Project (SWP) Delivery Reliability Report for 2013. This report updates estimates of SWP delivery reliability.”

Read more from the DWR news release

Download the DWR report (PDF)

 

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

DWR Spotlight: A Comprehensive Water Reliability and Ecosystem Restoration Plan

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

“Developed from seven years of analysis and hundreds of public meetings, the draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan is now available for public review and comment. … The comment period will run from December 13, 2013 through April 14, 2014. The plan aims to restore ecosystem health in the Delta and secure reliable water supplies for California.
Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: San Luis Reservoir, One of California’s Largest, Would Grow Bigger Under Proposed $360 Million Expansion

From the San Jose Mercury News:

“On a summer day in 1962, President John F. Kennedy helicoptered into the hot, dusty grasslands between Gilroy and Los Banos and pushed a dynamite plunger in a ceremony with California Gov. Pat Brown. …

“Now, half a century later, the federal government is proposing to expand the reservoir, a key source of water for Central Valley farmers and Silicon Valley — albeit with less fanfare.

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

DWR California Water Plan eNews: This Week’s Update

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

This week’s Water Plan eNews includes:
  • Sacramento River forum materials being made available online
  • Public review draft comments posted, under review by experts
  • Draft plan on preparing for climate change released by Brown administration
  • Community shows water conservation
Aquafornia news Fresno Bee's Earth Log blog by Mark Grossi

Blog: San Luis Reservoir Expansion Pondered

From The Fresno Bee’s Earth Log blog by Mark Grossi:

“Federal authorities last week released a draft appraisal of enlarging San Luis Reservoir, the major watering hole in the center of the state. San Luis already had been hot news this year. Now it’s hotter.”

Read more from the Earth Log Learn more about the San Luis Reservoir on Water Education Foundation’s Aquapedia

Aquafornia news Modesto Bee and Merced Sun-Star

Federal Officials Study Enlarging San Luis Reservoir

 

From The Modesto Bee and Merced Sun-Star:

“The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation estimates it would cost $360 million to raise B.F. Sisk Dam by 20 feet and expand the reservoir by 130,000 acre-feet of water. …

“Sisk Dam and San Luis Reservoir are about 12 miles west of Los Banos in Merced County. They are key parts of the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project.”

Read more from The Modesto Bee and Merced Sun-Star

 

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

DWR Spotlight: Dam Removal Project to Protect Lives, Aid Fish and Frogs

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

“Deemed in the 1990s a seismic risk by DWR’s Division of Safety of Dams, 92-year-old San Clemente Dam in Monterey County is scheduled for demolition in the fall of 2015. … Along with removing the risk of dam failure, the project includes re-routing the Carmel River and opening up the waterway for native steelhead trout to freely swim and spawn, and recover red-legged frog habitat.”

Read more from DWR’s Spotlight, and view the slideshow

 

Aquafornia news Bakersfield Californian

Editorial: Interior Must Ease Rules on Water Delivery

From The Bakersfield Californian:

“San Joaquin Valley farmers have been told they’ll get only a tiny fraction of the water they’ve asked for in 2014. The least the state can do is try to help them maximize their meager allotment.”

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Aquafornia news Fresno Bee Earth Log blog by Mark Grossi

Blog: San Luis Reservoir Expansion in Merced County?

From The Fresno Bee Earth Log blog by Mark Grossi:

“Federal authorities this week released their appraisal of enlarging San Luis Reservoir, the major watering hole in the center of the state. This reservoir is always worth following.”

Read more from the Earth Log blog

Learn more about the San Luis Reservoir on Water Education Foundation’s Aquapedia

 

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

DWR Water Plan eNews: This Week’s Update

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

This week’s Water Plan eNews includes:
  • Deadline reminder: Volume 2 Water Plan comments must be in by Monday
  • Getting ready for another year of potential drought conditions in California
  • Coastal commission offers hearing, webinar on sea-level rise document
  • Environmental goa
Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Dry Winter Ahead, State’s Experimental Forecast Warns

From The Sacramento Bee:

“A third dry winter could have severe implications, since most of the state’s water storage reservoirs are severely depleted after two drought years.
Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

News Release: DWR Experimental Winter Outlook for Water Year 2014 — Sees Mostly Dry Conditions for California

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

“As part of ongoing work to develop seasonal water supply forecasting ability, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) annually convenes researchers to develop an experimental winter outlook forecast, and to review other factors that may assist in improving forecasting skill at lead times ranging from several weeks to a year. …

“The experimental forecast prepared for DWR by Dr.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Oroville Dam Earthquake Investigation May Be Needed

From The Sacramento Bee:

“A recent federal inspection has concluded that Oroville Dam, the tallest dam in the nation, needs a comprehensive earthquake safety assessment.

The dam on the Feather River is the primary storage facility for the State Water Project, the state-owned plumbing system that provides drinking water to more than 23million people across California.

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Blog: Restoring Fairness to the World of California Water

From the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) staff Switchboard blog, in a post by Kate Poole:

“The Los Angeles Daily News penned a noteworthy editorial last week titled ‘California is drowning in ancient and unfair water rules.’ It’s noteworthy because the editorial correctly debunks some of the common myths about California’s water system and, in doing so, points the way to several needed reforms:

“Myth 1 – urban southern California is the biggest wat

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