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HORB revisited

Last week, the court approved a joint stipulation (PDF) filed by the various parties involved in the OCAP salmonid litigation. [1] The stipulation will set the plan for the coordinated operation of the state and federal projects — striking some sort of balance between Delta exports and species protection, and replacing certain requirements of the … Continue reading

SWRCB grandstanding on the BDCP?

Since the package of water legislation passed in 2009, there has been a flurry of administrative activity to complete documents called for in the legislation. At least three high-profile plans concerning the Delta — the Delta Plan, BDCP, and what will be the first major update to the Bay-Delta water quality control plan (WQCP) in … Continue reading

Imperial and San Diego file petition on Salton Sea mitigation water

In 2002, one year before the Quantification Settlement Agreement (QSA) and related agreements were executed, the State Water Resources Control Board issued a key approval facilitating a long-term water transfer. The transfer, which carries a 45-year term and an option to renew for 30 additional years, involves Imperial Irrigation District conserving water and transferring the … Continue reading

Fall X2 and delta smelt, continued

This post is a continuation of the previous post. Given that there is a salinity range physiologically tolerable to delta smelt — and a subset salinity range that is not just tolerable, but actually suitable, for which there is a higher probability of finding fish in practice — salinity is an important factor when determining … Continue reading

Opportunity to enhance delta smelt science scrapped by Wanger compromise

The 2008 biological opinion prepared by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recommends a set of actions that should be taken to protect delta smelt while operating the federal and state projects.  USFWS will prepare yet another version of this BiOp by an order of Judge Wanger, or else be relieved of the need to do … Continue reading

Judge Frawley’s decision on South Delta salinity and Tracy discharge

My apologies for the lack of new posts here. I recently started working on a water-related project that I hope to share here in the future, but it will take some time to complete. In the meantime, I will try to catch up on news and be better about updating. Last month Judge Timothy Frawley … Continue reading

Wanger Recap: Final judgment for delta smelt, salmon dispute cools off

The spring season is often associated with uplifting imagery: Of nature reawakening and basking in ever-stronger sunlight, and of a new life cycle that emerges as the Earth sheds the frigid harshness of winter.  But at least in the world of California water, spring can be decidedly less romantic for various reasons — not the … Continue reading

SWRCB issues draft decision approving Davis-Woodland water right

This week the State Water Resources Control Board issued a draft decision (PDF) approving a permit for a new water right granted to the City of Davis, the University of California at Davis, and the City of Woodland.  These entities currently rely on groundwater, but the quality is degraded and they would have to plunge … Continue reading

Water rights fees decision: Pity moment for the SWRCB?

This week, after hemming and hawing for four years, the California Supreme Court issued its long anticipated, but ultimately rather anticlimactic, decision (PDF) on the water rights fees imposed by the State Water Resources Control Board.  These fees have been contested for the better part of the last decade.  In 2003, the Legislature enacted Senate … Continue reading

On agricultural water conservation and reasonable use

This week the State Water Resources Control Board was briefed on a report prepared by Craig Wilson, the new Delta Watermaster.  Although Mr. Wilson’s authority as Delta Watermaster to enforce permits and licenses is limited geographically to the boundaries of the Delta, the Legislature, when creating this new position, also directed the Delta Watermaster to … Continue reading

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