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Challenges and opportunities for the San Joaquin explored at State Water Resources Control Board proceeding

Last week the State Water Resources Control Board held a two-day proceeding in Sacramento to gather information related to salinity and flow objectives for the San Joaquin River and southern Delta — generally, the portion of the Delta located south and west of Stockton (pictured in the map at right).  The format of the proceeding, … Continue reading

YouTube video clips of fish and the Delta

It’s been awhile since I last posted to this blog.  I didn’t mean to let it lapse for this long, but it can be hard to regain momentum once stopping.  Anyway, an update is overdue, and for those of you still checking in, I thought it would be fun to return by sharing a YouTube … Continue reading

DWR petitions to extend State Water Project permits

The Department of Water Resources, which holds permits to appropriate water for the State Water Project, has petitioned the State Water Resources Control Board to extend several of those permits for five years to December 31, 2015.  Last week, SWRCB noticed the petitions (PDF), allowing protest until September 20.  The relevant permits authorize diversions from … Continue reading

Is Siskiyou County’s hardline position on Scott River Valley groundwater justified?

It has been a very busy summer, and I am still catching up on news.  In tracking down various bits and pieces of water news from the past few weeks, I ran across a curious document — an official statement from the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors (PDF), released at the end of July, regarding … Continue reading

State Water Resources Control Board adopts Delta flow criteria

Yesterday the State Water Resources Control Board unanimously adopted criteria describing the flows deemed necessary to protect public trust resources in the Delta, as detailed in the draft report released last month.  This approval of the report meets the statutory deadline and is even slightly ahead of schedule.  Within nine months, the SWRCB collected extensive … Continue reading

Draft report available for the Delta flow criteria

The Delta Reform Act of 2009 requires that the State Water Resources Control Board develop new flow criteria describing the flows needed to protect public trust resources in the Delta.  In theory, these criteria will inform the BDCP and Delta Plan, while furthering the Legislature’s co-equal goals of ecosystem restoration and water supply reliability.  A … Continue reading

A new home for the Water Resources Center Archives

The University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources has been reviewing three proposals for relocating the treasured and invaluable Water Resources Center Archives, currently housed at UC Berkeley.  In April, an RFP was issued to gather proposals for relocation and management of the library. In May, three UC campuses (Berkeley, Davis, and Riverside) … Continue reading

SWRCB names new Delta Watermaster

The State Water Resources Control Board today named a Delta Watermaster, a new position that was created in the Delta Reform Act of 2009 as part of last year’s water legislation package.   The Board’s choice was Craig M. Wilson, a water attorney from Stoel Rives and a “more than 30-year veteran of dealing with California’s … Continue reading

Should the public trust doctrine be extended to groundwater?

The public trust doctrine was extended in 1983 to protect the unique ecosystem and environment of Mono Lake.  Should it be extended once again — this time to protect coho salmon on the Scott River? It’s no secret that California has serious problems when it comes to groundwater management.  Aquifers throughout the state are pumped … Continue reading

Delta Independent Science Board appointments

The Delta Reform Act of 2009 requires that the Delta Stewardship Council appoint up to ten nationally or internationally prominent scientists to a new Delta Independent Science Board.  Members will serve five-year terms, for no more than two terms.  Acting as successor to the CALFED Independent Science Board, the Delta Independent Science Board will oversee … Continue reading


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