SWRCB

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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

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

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

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

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

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