State agencies propose voluntary water agreements

Western Farm Press – California's Natural Resources and Environmental Protection agencies late Thursday shared a framework for potential voluntary agreements to improve river flows and habitat to help recover salmon and other native fish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and its key watersheds. The framework outlines a 15-year program that would provide substantial new flows for Read More…

California governor proposes new plan for managing water

AP – California’s governor revealed a plan on Tuesday that would keep more water in the fragile San Joaquin River Delta while restoring 60,000 acres of habitat for endangered species and generating more than $5 billion in new funding for environmental improvements. The framework announced Tuesday by Gov. Gavin Newsom is a unique approach to managing the state’s scarce water resources. Read More…

Newsom backs water voluntary agreements as framework for Delta fish…

The Sun – Gov. Gavin Newsom gave a preview Tuesday at the behind-the-scenes negotiations to get water users and environmental groups on the same page about plans to improve fish habitats through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. In an Op-Ed published in CalMatters, Newsom announced his support for the so-called voluntary agreements between state and federal water agencies, water districts Read More…

The California environmental flows framework

Cal Trout – One of the major factors affecting the decline of salmonids in California is insufficient streamflow.  Streamflow has been referred to as the ‘master variable’ because it controls so many different aspects of the aquatic environment.  For example, it strongly influences large wood and sediment recruitment, key contributors to habitat forming processes for salmonids and Read More…

Legislation Is More Effective Than Litigation

My Motherlode – As a member of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee and a former chair of the San Joaquin River Conservancy, I have a deep appreciation for California’s public lands and natural resources. California is unique in its geographic wonders and devotion to natural resource protection. Visitors from all over the globe flock to California to bear witness to the Read More…

Two key water studies launched this month

Pleasanton Weekly – Two major studies that directly effect the quality and cost of the Tri-Valley’s drinking water got underway this month. In Sacramento, the Newsom Administration formally announced it will pursue a single large tunnel to move Sacramento River water south from Sacramento to the Banks pumping station near Tracy. The single-tunnel approach differs from the twin tunnels Read More…

Protecting California’s Water Assets: State Releases New Water…

CA Fwd – Abundant and clean water supplies will be essential for California’s people, communities and economy to thrive in the future. Yet, the state faces significant challenges on the road to water security. To address those difficulties, Governor Gavin Newsom’s administration has released a draft “Water Resilience Portfolio” designed to ensure that California’s water Read More…

California will be hit hard as Trump administration weakens clean…

LA Times – Defying environmentalists and public health advocates, the Trump administration on Thursday will announce the replacement of Obama-era water protections with a significantly weaker set of regulations that lifts limits on how much pollution can be dumped into small streams and wetlands. The changes to the Clean Water Act’s protections are expected to hit California and other Read More…

Voluntary agreements are abetter plan for California

ACWA – Gov. Gavin Newsom has consistently expressed support for successful completion of voluntary agreements as a path forward in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta. The California Natural Resources Agency and California Environmental Protection Agency recently described collaborative, voluntary agreements as a “game changer” for the environment. We strongly agree, and stand ready in Read More…

California moves toward single water tunnel under delta

San Francisco Chronicle – California is moving forward with its biggest water project in decades, a single tunnel beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta that will help move Northern California water south to cities and farms, state water officials said Wednesday. The proposal piggybacks on plans by former Gov. Jerry Brown, who wanted to build a pair of 30-mile-long tunnels through the Read More…