Storms bring little drought relief

Turlock Journal — Despite an ample amount of recent rainfall, a majority of the state is still experiencing a moderate drought that is likely to persist. It was announced in February that parts of the state had been pushed back into a drought following a significantly dry winter in California — conditions that have been amplified as the days go by. Currently, the U.S. Drought Monitor Read More…

Judge Denies Bid to Close Gates on Federal Water Grab in California…

Courthouse News Service — Taking advantage of recently approved rules, the federal government is quickly following through on President Donald Trump’s promise to quiet environmentalists and “open up the water” to California farmers. Less than two months after the president made a rare trip to California to sign the controversial package before an adoring crowd in House Minority Read More…

California gets widespread rain, snow from spring storm

The Hour — Snow and rain fell Monday on California as spring delivered the kind of stormy weather that was missing most of the winter. Chain controls were in effect for vehicles in much of the Sierra Nevada, where weekend snow caused traffic disruptions and avalanche threats. Winter storm warnings were in effect until late afternoon for much of the Sierra, which normally stores about a Read More…

Borgeas Criticizes Latest Water Diversion By Regulators

My Motherlode – Water control and supply-related politics are percolating again. On Thursday, Mother Lode lawmaker Senator Andreas Borgeas criticized the latest move under Governor Gavin Newsom’s Administration by Department of Water Resources (DWR) regulators to divert water away the State Water Project (SWP) for species protection. It involves DWR’s obtainment on Tuesday of an Read More…

Court: EPA must address Snake, Columbia water temperatures

Lewiston Morning Tribune – The Environmental Protection Agency must move forward with actions designed to address elevated water temperatures in the Snake and Columbia rivers, according to a ruling from the 9th U.S.Circuit Court of Appeals. In December, a three-judge panel of the court upheld a lower-court ruling that the agency must finish a long-stalled plan to address elevated Read More…

Survey finds 66 percent of average snow water equivalent

The Union Democrat – Snowpack about 90 miles north of Sonora showed 43.5 inches of snow depth Wednesday and snow water equivalent of 16.5 inches, which is 66 percent of average for the date and location. The manual snow survey results from Phillips Station off Highway 50 confirmed the 2019-2020 wet season has been a below average to dry year so far, state Department of Water Resources staff Read More…

The state’s new delta water rules don’t end conflict with…

Los Angeles Times – When the Trump administration rolled back endangered species protections in the Bay Area delta that serves as the hub of California’s water-supply system, the state decided to go its own way. It sued the federal government and also set about drafting its own delta rules under the California Endangered Species Act. The new rules, released Tuesday, were immediately Read More…

Department of Fish and Wildlife Issues Incidental Take Permit to…

Somach Simmons & Dunn – Today the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) issued a much-anticipated new incidental take permit (ITP) allowing the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to continue operating the State Water Project (SWP) for the next ten years.  The ITP authorizes changed SWP operations from existing conditions and provides take coverage for four fish Read More…

California rules anger water agencies, environmental groups

Santa Maria Times – California regulators on Tuesday set new rules about how much water can be taken from the state's largest rivers, angering water agencies for restricting how much they can take and environmental groups for not making those limits low enough to protect endangered species. Most of California's water comes from snow that melts in the Sierra Nevada and flows Read More…

State’s New Permit Fails to Protect Salmon and the Bay-Delta

NRDC – With governments around the world racing to address our current crisis, it seems profoundly strange to write about anything but the challenge of meeting this global threat that is disrupting our lives and threatening our families and loved ones.  However, even in the face of a pandemic, government must continue its essential functions, and that includes operating and issuing permits Read More…