Submitted by Lisa Lien-Mager on Wed, 06/20/2012 - 5:02pm
Proposed changes in conveyance facilities and initial findings of an economic benefits analysis of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan were outlined Wednesday at a public meeting attended by more than 100 in Sacramento.
Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 06/20/2012 - 3:34pm
A new website unveiled by the Department of Fish and Game today features reports, studies and other scientific research conducted by the department in a user-friendly format.
The site, www.dfg.ca.gov/Science, represents phase one of the department’s new Science Institute, with future phases to include an archive of scientific presentations, professional development tools, better access to outside science and scientific literature and a science symposium.
Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 06/20/2012 - 3:22pm
A report sent to the Legislature today identifies methods for quantifying agricultural water use efficiency and provides other indicators of efficiencies in irrigation systems.
Prepared by the Department of Water Resources as a requirement of SBX7 7, the water conservation arm of the comprehensive water package passed in 2009, the report proposes four methods for quantifying agricultural water efficiency and a plan for implementation, including costs and the data required.
Submitted by Lisa Lien-Mager on Tue, 06/19/2012 - 4:14pm
Legislation that would exempt some developments and projects in the Delta from having to comply with the proposed Delta Plan is set for hearing June 26 in the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee.
Submitted by Lisa Lien-Mager on Tue, 06/19/2012 - 11:02am
Legislative leaders say work will continue this week on a host of trailer bills to implement the main budget bill passed by the Legislature on Friday.
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said Monday he expects lawmakers to reach agreement on remaining differences over spending cuts and other issues and act on numerous accompanying bills that are still pending.
Submitted by Kristin Goree on Wed, 06/20/2012 - 12:53pm
Continuing a series of hearings exploring how to improve and update the Endangered Species Act, the House Natural Resources committee held a hearing Tuesday titled “Taxpayer Funded Litigation, Benefitting Lawyers and Harming Species, Jobs and Schools”. The hearing’s main focus was to explore ESA litigation and how attorneys’ fees are being used by certain organizations to continue endless lawsuits, and to detail where ESA lawsuits have blocked or delayed projects, including an elementary school in San Diego.
Submitted by Kristin Goree on Wed, 06/20/2012 - 12:06pm
The House Appropriations Committee released its FY 2013 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill on June 19. The bill cuts the Environmental Protection Agency's budget by $1.4 billion, or 17 percent, to $7 billion in fiscal year 2013. The bulk of this cut comes from a drastic reduction to EPA’s State Revolving Loan Fund used to finance drinking water and waste water projects. The House bill only allocates $689 million for the clean water fund, over $710 million less than in FY 2012.
Submitted by Lisa Lien-Mager on Wed, 06/20/2012 - 8:50am
A new report by Black & Veatch identifies aging infrastructure, new regulatory standards and changes to traditional funding streams as key concerns for U.S. water utility leaders.
The report, “Strategic Directions in the U.S. Water Utility Industry,” says finds that water utilities face a number of interconnected challenges. Budget constraints and other financial issues are front and center, and most utility leaders believe customers will have to pay more for water in the future.
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 06/19/2012 - 9:54am
The Delta Stewardship Council will give final direction to its staff in the development of the last draft Delta Plan at its meeting June 28-29 in West Sacramento.
At its meeting last week, the council heard input from a stakeholder panel on various aspects of the sixth and final staff draft of the plan. ACWA’s Regulatory Affairs Director Mark Rentz and members of the association’s Ag Urban II Coalition participated on the two-day panel.
Submitted by Lisa Lien-Mager on Mon, 06/18/2012 - 1:53pm
Calling the status quo a grave threat to the Delta, business and labor groups are urging state and federal agencies to move ahead with decisions on the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan as soon as possible in the coming year.
Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 06/18/2012 - 1:07pm
The proposed 2012 Central Valley Flood Protection Plan is now available online, triggering a two-week public review period before final adoption on June 29.
The Central Valley Flood Protection Board accepted public input until June 8 and incorporated the comments into the proposed adoption resolution available for review. The board will consider final comments at its meeting on June 29 and is scheduled to vote on final adoption of the plan and the complete adoption package at the same meeting.
Submitted by Lisa Lien-Mager on Fri, 06/15/2012 - 4:09pm
A memorial service for longtime water attorney Jess Senecal is planned for 2 p.m. July 7 at La Cañada Presbyterian Church, 626 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada.
Senecal, a senior partner of the law firm Lagerlof, Senecal, Gosney & Kruse LLP, chaired the ACWA State Legislative Committee from 1970 to 2007. He was also a member of the ACWA Legal Affairs Committee and served several terms on the ACWA Board of Directors.
He died June 6 at the age of 81 while recovering from a stroke.
The collection, a line of top-performing plants for the Western gardener available in stores starting this week, features 29 plants, 20 of which are California-friendly, low-water use plants. Sunset has plans to expand the collection in coming months.
Santa Rosa Utilities Field Office 35 Stony Point Rd., Santa Rosa, CA
Due to health, environmental, waste reduction and numerous other reasons, the importance of switching from bottled water and other sugary drinks to local tap water as the drink of choice is gaining momentum. To capitalize on this movement, Region 1 will be hosting a forum to discuss how to develop and implement a regional Local Tap Water Campaign.
The tournament in Steve Hall's honor will take place at DarkHorse Golf Club (24150 Darkhorse Drive, Auburn, CA 95602). DarkHorse was Steve's favorite golf course and where he hit his first and only hole in one.
Check-in registration opens at 8:30 a.m. A continental breakfast will also be available at that time.