Topic: Regulations — California and Federal

Overview

Regulations — California and Federal

In general, regulations are rules or laws designed to control or govern conduct. Specifically, water quality regulations under the federal and state Clean Water Act “protect the public health or welfare, enhance the quality of water and serve the purposes of the Act.”

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

New Silicon Valley flood project at risk due to red tape

Three months after Coyote Creek overflowed its banks and caused $100 million in damage to homes and businesses in San Jose, a flood control project straddling the city’s northern edges with Milpitas may be in danger of being shut down because of red tape. … 

Aquafornia news NPR

Public to EPA on cutting regulations: ‘no!’

As part of President Trump’s executive order to review “job-killing regulations,” the Environmental Protection Agency last month asked for the public’s input on what to streamline or cut.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

EPA dismisses members of major scientific review board

The Environmental Protection Agency has dismissed at least five members of a major scientific review board, the latest signal of what critics call a campaign by the Trump administration to shrink the agency’s regulatory reach by reducing the role of academic research.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Environmental groups sue EPA over rollback of water pollution rules

Environmentalists and public health advocates are going to court to fight the Trump administration’s move to rewrite Obama-era rules limiting water pollution from coal-fired power plants. … The rule would have required utilities to cut the amounts of toxic heavy metals in the wastewater piped from their plants into rivers and lakes often used as sources of drinking water. 

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Trump stumbled on healthcare and immigration, but on the environment he’s been ‘a wrecking ball’

In a Trump administration beset by lost opportunities, muddled strategies and frequent missteps in its first 100 days, one area stands out for its disciplined approach and early successes: the multi-front assault on environmental regulations. … Planned action on climate change has been shelved, national monuments are imperiled, clean air and water rules have been eroded. 

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Trump administration halts Obama-era rule on fracking on public land

The Trump administration is rolling back an Obama administration rule requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking.

Aquafornia news Desert Sun

Court: Federal rule doesn’t stop Desert Water Agency from collecting fees on Indian land

A federal appeals court has rejected the Desert Water Agency’s challenge to a Department of the Interior regulation, denying the agency’s argument that the rule could prevent it from collecting millions of dollars in revenue from customers in the Palm Springs area.

Aquafornia news New York Times

EPA head stacks agency with climate change skeptics

To friends and critics, Mr. [Scott] Pruitt seems intent on building an E.P.A. leadership that is fundamentally at odds with the career officials, scientists and employees who carry out the agency’s missions. That might be a recipe for strife and gridlock at the federal agency tasked to keep safe the nation’s clean air and water while safeguarding the planet’s future.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Trump’s EPA budget cuts would eliminate funding for some California programs (with audio)

The White House is proposing to slash a quarter of the EPA budget and eliminate grants to programs that help protect clean air and water in California.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Trump orders review of Obama rule protecting small streams

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order mandating a review of an Obama-era rule aimed at protecting small streams and wetlands from development and pollution, fulfilling a campaign promise while earning the ire of environmental groups.

Aquafornia news New York Times

Trump plans to begin EPA rollback with order on clean water

President Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Tuesday aimed at rolling back one of former President Barack Obama’s major environmental regulations to protect American waterways, but it will have almost no immediate legal effect, according to two people familiar with the White House plans.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Trump ordering review of Obama rule protecting small streams

President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday mandating a review of an Obama-era rule aimed at protecting small streams and wetlands from development and pollution.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Senate OKs Pruitt at EPA: How deeply will he scale back agency he sued?

The U.S. Senate on Friday confirmed President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, giving Trump a lieutenant poised to make deep cuts to the EPA and transfer some if its enforcement responsibilities to states and localities.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Despite deluge, California water regulations aren’t going anywhere

Despite weeks of rain and a growing perception that the California drought is dead or dying, state officials Wednesday largely extended the water regulations that have become the new normal in cities and towns throughout the state.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California retains drought measures, despite wet weather

Water regulators in California on Wednesday extended what are now largely symbolic conservation measures lingering from the drought after the state has seen one of the wettest winters in years.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: State extends drought rules despite big storms

Drought water restrictions will remain in place in California for at least another three months despite the extremely wet winter, the state water board decided Wednesday.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

California extends drought regulations despite recent rain, snow

The State Water Resources Control Board on Wednesday voted to keep statewide emergency drought controls in effect, even as most of California sees historic amounts of rain and snow.

Aquafornia news San Diego Union-Tribune

State regulators to consider ending emergency drought rules following storms

California’s top water cops will decide Wednesday whether to extend the state’s emergency drought rules. 

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Q&A: California water diverters scramble to satisfy new reporting rules

A crucial deadline passed quietly on January 1 that has big repercussions for the future of California’s water. It was the first of several deadlines that enforce new requirements for water diverters to precisely measure and report the amount of water they take from the state’s streams. Some 12,000 people and businesses that hold state water rights, large and small, are bound by the new rules.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

AP explains: what is the EPA, and why is it in the hot seat?

The former head of President Donald Trump’s transition team at the Environmental Protection Agency says he expects the new administration to seek significant budget and staff cuts for the department.

Aquafornia news Desert Sun

California objects to Trump’s freeze of EPA grants

A freeze on new grants and contracts at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency prompted strong criticism in California on Tuesday as Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom accused President Donald Trump of putting communities at risk by holding up critical funding.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Gag order, freeze put on EPA, other federal agencies

The Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Interior are among the agencies reportedly facing at least temporary gag orders, as the new administration takes over and begins what is expected to be a dramatic remaking of policy and an easing of environmental regulations.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

EPA contract freeze, media blackout leave states confused

A Trump administration freeze on new Environmental Protection Agency contracts and grant awards raised fears that states and other recipients could lose essential funding for drinking water protection, hazardous waste oversight and a host of other programs — while a communications blackout left them dangling in uncertainty.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

House renews focus on curbing government regulations

The Republican-led House on Thursday approved a bill that would require congressional approval before any major regulation can take effect, a reflection of GOP frustration with what they consider onerous rules from eight years of the Obama administration.

Aquafornia news Yuba-Sutter Appeal-Democrat

Sites Reservoir ‘one step closer’ with Prop. 1 regulations

The California Water Commission recently adopted regulations that outline in greater detail the process water storage projects such as Sites Reservoir will have to go through to receive state funding.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California, Trump administration will clash over environmental policy (with audio)

Legally, California’s environmental rules and programs could be challenged in a variety of ways by the Trump administration – putting at risk wildlife and coastal protections, land use regulations, and pollution controls.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Why one decision could decide future of desalination in California

A protracted conflict over whether and how to protect fish from dying at desalination plants is clouding prospects for what would be California’s second large plant of this type – and for the future of desalination along the entire California coastline. For years, a proposed Poseidon Resources desalination plant in Huntington Beach in Orange County has been kept in limbo.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Most water agencies can ease up on conservation under new standards

California may be in its fifth year of drought, but on Tuesday, state water regulators effectively turned back the clock to 2013.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Water for pot no longer unregulated

Within less than a year, as many as 50,000 marijuana growers in California could be required to obtain state permits for the irrigation water they consume. … This new ability to regulate water for marijuana growing is a result of SB 837, a state law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on June 27.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: California drought persists, conservation still ‘top priority’

While mandatory statewide conservation is over, California water officials say conservation remains a “top priority.” “Rain or shine, drought or no drought, state mandated target or not, Californians should keep conserving,” said State Water Resources Control Board Chair Felicia Marcus.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

How much did your community conserve during California’s year of water cuts?

A year ago, the State Water Resources Control Board ordered urban districts to meet conservation standards or face penalties.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Low or no water conservation targets ’shortsighted’ (with audio)

California water suppliers are increasingly shifting to voluntary conservation targets for their customers. And, some water experts say the move may be premature.

Aquafornia news StateImpact Pennsylvania

EPA bans disposal of fracking waste water at public treatment plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has banned the disposal of hydraulic fracturing waste water at public sewage plants, formalizing a voluntary practice that removed most fracking waste from Pennsylvania plants starting in 2011. The EPA on Monday finalized a rule that prevents operators from disposing of waste from unconventional oil & gas operations at publicly owned treatment works [POTW's].

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California regulators end unprecedented water restrictions (with audio)

Californians will still be expected to save water, but state regulators Wednesday lifted unprecedented mandatory conservation measures in place since last year. 

Aquafornia news The New York Times

In sharp reversal, California suspends water restrictions

California on Wednesday suspended its mandatory statewide 25 percent reduction in urban water use, telling local communities to set their own conservation standards after a relatively wet winter and a year of enormous savings in urban water use.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California water conservation to return to local hands

Eric Graham has fake grass. Across the street, Louie Torres has dead grass.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: California lifts tough statewide water conservation rules

Marking a major shift in California water policy, state regulators Wednesday voted to lift the statewide conservation targets that for the past year have required dramatic cutbacks in irrigation and household water use for the Sacramento region and urban communities across the state.

Aquafornia news KQED

California relaxes water restrictions for this summer

On Wednesday California revised its drought rules, ending a year of local conservation quotas handed down by the state.

Aquafornia news The Orange County Register

Drought, what drought? San Onofre surfers want their beach showers back

Gene Lee poured a jug of water over his head after a recent surf session at San Onfore State Beach. … The state shut down showers at state beaches last July, shortly after Gov. Jerry Brown issued new rules aimed at cutting water use, statewide, by 25 percent.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California wants major changes to water conservation (with audio)

Water conservation in California could change drastically next month.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Leeway for water agencies under new Calif. drought rules

California water regulators announced new drought rules on Monday that will loosen mandatory conservation targets while making permanent some of the measures that have helped reduce water use during the past year.

Aquafornia news The Orange County Register

Some water restrictions to become permanent under Gov. Brown’s executive order

Some of the temporary water-saving measures imposed on homeowners and water agencies — including how you wash your car at home and how you water your lawn — are now permanent under an executive order issued Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

California braces for unending drought

With California entering its fifth year of a statewide drought, Gov. Jerry Brown moved on Monday to impose permanent water conservation measures and called on water suppliers to prepare for a future made drier by climate change.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California looks at easing drought cuts after wet winter

Members of the state Water Resources Control Board – czars of the state’s drought emergency program – will decide May 18 whether to remove the 11-month-old statewide order.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Governor Jerry Brown announces new permanent water-conservation rules

On the same day that Gov. Jerry Brown sought to make water conservation a way of life for Californians by permanently banning some wasteful practices, regulators in Sacramento prepared to significantly ease the current drought restrictions for urban residents and businesses.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

California drought rules eased significantly

California’s historic drought rules are going to be a whole lot looser this summer. In a major shift, the administration of Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday plans to drop all statewide mandatory water conservation targets it had imposed on urban areas last June.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Some emergency drought rules might be eased, but don’t start hosing down sidewalks

Gov. Jerry Brown and top water regulators on Monday laid out a revised game plan for dealing with California’s persistent drought, making some conservation rules permanent while also moving to give communities more of a say in deciding how much water they must save.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California backing away from strict water-saving standards

Just a year ago, California regulators ordered cities and suburbs across the state to make drastic cuts in water use, telling residents the time had come to make longstanding lifestyle and landscaping changes consistent with a state with limited water.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Drought-stricken California boosts conservation for March

Residents of drought-stricken California doubled their water conservation efforts in March compared with the month before by turning off their sprinklers when the rain fell and changing habits, officials said Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Californians step up in March, cut water use by 24%

After months of flagging water conservation, Californians rebounded in March, cutting their urban consumption by 24.3% compared to the same month in 2013.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California water districts say drought emergency has ended

California water districts large and small urge regulators to toss out or significantly relax emergency drought orders requiring residents to take shorter showers and let their lawns turn brown.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California water agencies want conservation requirements relaxed or eliminated (with audio)

California may not be completely out of the drought, but water agencies around the state told regulators that it’s time to further relax or eliminate emergency water conservation requirements.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

The next step in California’s drought

Some residents of drought-stricken California who let their lawns turn brown and took shorter showers could soon get some relief, while others may continue to feel the pain. In the coming months, state officials will undertake a monumental task of rewriting conservation orders for a fifth year of drought.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: California drought rules likely to be relaxed

With the wettest winter in five years having taken the hard edges off the historic drought and a key Sierra snowpack reading Wednesday expected to show big gains, Californians can look forward to substantial relief from mandatory statewide water restrictions.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Water issue could cost Coachella millions of dollars

The presence of a metallic element that at high levels has been linked to kidney and liver damage in Coachella’s drinking water could cost the city millions of dollars a year as it works to comply with new state regulations.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Despite drought, Californians fall short in water cutbacks

Californians are starting to fall behind the state’s mandatory 25-percent water conservation target even though the state remains in drought, state officials said Thursday.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California weighs extending drought conservation orders

Following a welcomed parade of El Niño storms drenching drought-stricken California, state officials on Tuesday will decide whether to extend emergency conservation orders, and reveal how much water Californians saved in December.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: California adopts rules for tracking water diversions

The regulations adopted by the State Water Resources Control Board require all those who divert water from rivers and streams to measure and report how much they use annually. … In a separate decision, the state water board ended a more than decade-long dispute with the Morongo Band of Mission Indians by deciding not to revoke a license held by the tribe.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Drought rules could be eased for Sacramento region, other inland areas

Acknowledging the challenges posed by the hot, dry climate endemic to much of inland California, state drought regulators Friday proposed easing the water-conservation rules for Sacramento and other communities where it takes extra water to keep trees from dying.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Water regulators propose further relaxation of conservation requirements

The proposed changes to California’s emergency drought regulation reward water districts for investing in new local supplies and allow for adjustments to savings goals based on a district’s climate and population growth.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: California water regulators suggest slight easing of conservation requirements

As they look to next year, state regulators are suggesting a slight easing of the conservation requirements that slashed urban water use across California.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California regulators propose relaxing water conservation

California regulators on Monday proposed relaxing water conservation targets that have required communities statewide to cut use by 25 percent during historic drought.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California drought regulators might ease restrictions for inland areas

Hot, inland regions like Sacramento wouldn’t have to conserve as much water in 2016 under proposed regulations released Monday by California drought regulators.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: California regulators to propose water conservation changes

State regulators are expected to propose changes this week to California’s water conservation mandate that has required communities throughout the state to reduce use by 25 percent.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Auditors: EPA broke law in social media blitz on water rule

The Environmental Protection Agency broke the law in a social media campaign intended to generate public support for a controversial rule to protect small streams and wetlands from development and pollution, congressional auditors said Monday.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

EPA broke law with social media push for water rule, auditor finds

The Environmental Protection Agency engaged in “covert propaganda” and violated federal law when it blitzed social media to urge the public to back an Obama administration rule intended to better protect the nation’s streams and surface waters, congressional auditors have concluded.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California water agencies want relief from conservation regulations (with audio)

State regulators are considering extending the mandatory 25-percent conservation rate beyond February.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Local water agencies plead for relief from California drought cutbacks

Municipal water agencies from Sacramento and elsewhere pleaded for relief from California’s mandatory drought cutbacks Monday, arguing they should be given credit for coping with arid climates and developing their own supplies.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California misses October target for saving water

Californians posted a 22 percent savings in water use in October, marking the first month residents have missed the state’s mandatory 25 percent conservation target since enforcement of the cutbacks began in June, officials said Tuesday in Sacramento.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California water conservation lagged in October, but state is still on course

But during an unusually hot October, state regulators say, water savings hit a snag. For the first time, residents and businesses fell short of the statewide target, cutting their water consumption by 22.2% in October compared with the same month in 2013.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California’s hard-hit water districts will get a chance to ask regulators for relief

Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest executive order provisionally extends California’s drought restrictions into next fall and calls on the State Water Resources Control Board to consider adjusting the rules in the coming weeks.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Tensions, threats as California’s new groundwater law takes shape

The tensions in Kings County offer just a taste of what’s expected in cities and towns throughout California’s farm belt over the next few years as local officials work to enact the state’s first-ever groundwater regulations.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Water-wasting rules may continue after California drought ends

Hope to hose down your driveway one day? It might never happen again.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Appeals Court puts hold on regulation protecting waterways

A federal appeals court on Friday blocked an Obama administration rule that attempts to clarify which small streams, wetlands and other waterways the government can shield from pollution and development.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Lemoore gets state relief on water mandate

California water officials have issued an alternative compliance order for Lemoore, which means the city will not have to meet the state’s mandate for cutting 32 percent of its water consumption. 

Aquafornia news Downey Brand LLP

Legal Commentary: ESWR Update — WOTUS rule blocked by federal judge in North Dakota

In the week that the new Waters of the United States Rule (“WOTUS Rule”) was scheduled to take effect on August 28, 2015, three Federal District Courts issued rulings reaching opposite conclusions on the question of whether District Courts have jurisdiction to hear these cases: one court ruled it has jurisdiction and took the additional step of issuing a preliminary injunction against the rule; two courts dismissed challenges for lack of jurisdiction.  Several other challenges remain pending in both Federal District Courts and Courts of Appeal.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Clean water rule frightens farmers

For better than a decade, farmers, environmentalists and the courts have tussled over what constitutes “waters of the United States” under the federal Clean Water Act.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Injunction against federal water rule may expand

A federal judge in North Dakota is allowing arguments over the scope of his injunction blocking a new Obama administration rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some smaller waterways.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

EPA: Clean water rule in effect despite court ruling

The Environmental Protection Agency says it is going forward with a new federal rule to protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands, despite a court ruling that blocked the measure in 13 central and Western states.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

EPA water rules take effect in some states

New federal rules to protect smaller streams, tributaries and wetlands took effect on Friday – but only in some states.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Judge rules Obama administration water rule should be halted

A federal judge in North Dakota on Thursday blocked a new Obama administration rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some smaller waterways just hours before it was set to go into effect.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Environmental groups join surge of lawsuits against EPA rule

Nine environmental conservation groups have joined the surge of states and businesses suing the federal government over a new water regulation.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

State softens approach to curtailing water use in drought

State water officials on Wednesday softened their approach to telling thousands of California farmers to stop pumping from rivers to irrigate crops during the drought but warned that stiff penalties still await anybody who takes water they don’t have a right to use.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

California curbs lawns for new homes, businesses

State officials, who are already urging people to let their grass yards wither during the drought, passed new rules Wednesday essentially banning them from being planted around new commercial buildings, while limiting grass to about 25 percent of the landscaping at new homes.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California adopts strict lawn-reduction rules for drought savings

Drought-tolerant plants must dominate lawns around new homes and businesses across California under new regulations unanimously approved by the California Water Commission.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

To save water, new California homes will have less lawn

The sprawling suburban lawn — a symbol of the good life in postwar California — moved a step closer Wednesday to being consigned to the history books.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego water recycling breaks the regulation mold

San Diego’s $3.5 billion plan to fight the drought by recycling sewage into drinking water is forcing state regulators to rewrite their water recycling rule book.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Water fight revs up as majority of states slap EPA with lawsuits

The latest of the suits against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was filed last week by the attorney general of Oklahoma, Scott Pruitt, who said that the [federal clean water] rule will make farm, industrial and private property owners “subject to the unpredictable, unsound, and often Byzantine regulatory regime of the EPA.”

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Californians shoot past Gov. Jerry’s Brown’s water conservation targets

Californians in May shot past Gov. Jerry Brown’s water conservation targets in response to the drought emergency — a profound shift in behavior for a state that until recently prized its hot tubs, lush landscaping and spotless cars.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California: Record water savings shows big cuts possible

Water use in drought-stricken California plunged by record levels in May, and Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration cited that as proof cities can hit steep summer conservation targets they have blasted as unfair.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Californians cut water use 29 percent in May

In a rare bit of encouraging news in a state gripped by drought, regulators reported Wednesday that urban Californians reduced their water consumption by 28.9 percent in May from the same month two years ago.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

State issues toughest-in-the-nation fracking rules

State officials on Wednesday formally adopted new rules governing hydraulic fracturing in California, setting in motion some of the toughest guidelines in the nation for the controversial oil extraction practice.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Water-independent Riverside fights 28% reduction order

The city sued the state this month after it learned it would be rejected for inclusion in a special reduction tier that allows suppliers to reduce water use by just 4% if they do not import water and have at least a four-year supply.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

13 states sue over rule giving Feds authority on state water

Thirteen states led by North Dakota filed a lawsuit Monday challenging an Obama administration rule that gives federal agencies authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Water conservation amid drought: Who made the grade?

On April 1, as California entered a fourth year of drought, Gov. Jerry Brown stood in a barren field that should have been smothered in snow and demanded a 25% cut in urban water use.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Farm interests planning to push back on water rule they say goes too far

Efforts are underway in Congress to redo and sharply limit the impact of what was known initially as the “Waters of the United States” rule and was designed to help federal officials clarify and simplify which bodies of water fall under the control of the Clean Water Act, the pivotal 1972 environmental law.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Surprise storm means 48-hour sprinkler ban

Gov. Jerry Brown’s emergency drought regulations prohibit outdoor watering within 48 hours of rain, with fines of up to $500 for violators.

Aquafornia news KCRA-TV Sacramento

The great, grassy California lawn marked for extinction (with video)

California regulators voted Friday to limit how much water can be used to irrigate lawns on new and renovated buildings. 

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: GOP attack on water rule part of wider bid to ‘rein in’ EPA

The Obama administration says a new federal rule regulating small streams and wetlands will protect the drinking water of more than 117 million people in the country. Not so, insist Republicans.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California panel mandates low-water lawns on new buildings

Driven by a historic drought, California regulators on Friday mandated that lawns and other landscaping on new and renovated homes and buildings across the parched state guzzle less water.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

New federal rules on stream protection hailed, criticized

New federal rules designed to better protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands – and the drinking water of 117 million Americans – are being criticized by Republicans and farm groups as going too far.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: White House finalizes clean water rule, setting up clash with Congress

The White House on Wednesday finalized a rule intended to strengthen and clarify the Clean Water Act, setting up a clash with Republicans in Congress and the agriculture industry.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

People support water conservation, in theory

Californians widely support Gov. Jerry Brown’s call for mandatory water cuts amid the deepening drought, according to a new poll of state residents — but many don’t know if they can pitch in.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California urban water cuts are matter of ‘self-interest,’ state says

Facing resistance to sweeping mandatory restrictions approved last week for urban water districts, California water board Chair Felicia Marcus defended the cuts as a matter of “self-interest” at a Senate hearing on Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Drought update: Dry wells, debate over water cutbacks

With Californians increasing efforts to deal with the drought, lawmakers got an update Tuesday on exactly how bad things are and heard little to cheer them.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

New drought rules could impact local water revenues

Local water suppliers and cities could now face major cuts in revenue from water sales after the State Water Board approved a set of drought regulations this week that seek to achieve a 25 percent in water use throughout the state.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

It’s final: New rules mandate water savings

After 10 hours of debate and testimony, state regulators Tuesday approved emergency rules to meet drastic conservation measures ordered by the governor.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Emergency 25% cut in California cities’ water use approved

State data released Tuesday painted a stark portrait of the uphill struggle Californians face in achieving a mandated 25% reduction in urban water use, with one official joking grimly that dealing with severe drought was similar to grappling with the five stages of grief.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

California needs to turn down the tap, state OKs historic cuts

Californians have a lot of work to do when it comes to water conservation.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: State water board passes first mandatory urban water limits in state history

Bringing California’s historic drought directly to every home and business in the state, the administration of Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday imposed the first mandatory urban water conservation rules in state history.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California water regulators approve massive cutback orders

California regulators unanimously adopted emergency drought regulations Tuesday that for the first time will require tens of millions of Californians and tens of thousands of businesses to sharply reduce water use, a response to the state’s unprecedented and deepening drought.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Watering bans, conservation mandates on tap for regulators

Residents and businesses across California would be forced to slash their water use under unprecedented drought restrictions regulators will take up Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Best Best & Krieger LLP (BB&K)

Legal Commentary: Tough mandatory water restrictions of up to 36 percent retained in draft emergency drought regulation for California

The State Water Resources Control Board released revisions to its draft emergency regulations to restrict overall potable urban water usage across the state by 25 percent. The revisions, released late Tuesday, include language clarifications and changes to certain provisions. 

Aquafornia news Bloomberg News

Builders flood Congress to block Obama’s bid to regulate creeks

President Barack Obama’s plan to expand protections for waterways is in jeopardy as builders and farmers have won the support of even some Democrats in Congress to block it.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Local suppliers may get water cut easement in new drought regulations

After hearing concerns from a coalition of local water suppliers and policy makers on the newest set of drought regulations, the State Water Resources Control Board included a clause within its draft rules that would ease up water mandates for areas with prolonged, ample water supplies.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Oroville hit hard by new water conservation targets

New water conservation targets released by the state Saturday hit Oroville hard, while other north state water agencies saw limited changes.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

What you need to know about the state’s proposed water restrictions

The state water board has modified its proposed conservation regulations  in an attempt to incorporate feedback from urban water suppliers, interest groups and members of the public who had roundly criticized its framework.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: State water board issues revised drought regulations for Californians

In response to numerous complaints, state regulators Saturday issued a revised plan for California’s first-ever mandatory water cuts, emphasizing the need for urgent action as summer looms.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: State water regulator flexes new muscle in response to drought

Long considered timid and politically weak, the [State Water Resources Control] board is flexing new muscle in response to a dry spell that threatens to be the worst in modern California history. … On Friday, the board is scheduled to issue unprecedented new regulations to require urban Californians to use 25% less water.

Aquafornia news Best Best & Krieger LLP (BB&K)

Legal Commentary: Proposed framework for mandatory water use reductions in California released

The State Water Resources Control Board late Tuesday issued the draft framework for forthcoming emergency regulations designed to help the state conserve water in the face of severe drought. … Draft emergency regulations will be released April 17. Adoption is scheduled for May 5 or May 6.

Aquafornia news Best Best & Krieger LLP (BB&K)

Legal Commentary: New federal fracking rules

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management recently released a final rule to provide new oversight over hydraulic fracturing (commonly referred to as “fracking”) on federal and tribal lands. Existing federal regulations, which include a permit requirement for fracking activities, will remain in place.

Aquafornia news NPR

In California’s fourth year of drought, new regulations and $1 billion in relief (with audio)

NPR’s Kelly McEvers speaks with KPCC reporter Molly Peterson on how effective California’s new water restrictions will be in the midst of the state’s historic drought.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Blog: U.S. Clean Water Rule quandary begins on land

In March 2014, two United States agencies charged with stemming pollution in the nation’s waters proposed a 2-page rule change in federal clean water regulations, a change based on more than 1,000 scientific studies, that was meant to clear up years of legal muddiness in defining which small streams and wetlands fell under government regulation.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: California drought cutbacks may include water at restaurants

The [State Water Resources Control] board last summer imposed emergency regulations prohibiting Californians from washing their cars with hoses that don’t shut off and limiting how often they can water their lawns. Board members on Tuesday appeared ready to extend those rules and add new ones.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Judge fracking on science, not hype

Rather than allowing activist-generated hype to cloud the discussion (“It’s time for California to end risky fracking,” Viewpoints, Feb. 4), Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature focused on the expertise of scientists and approved the nation’s toughest regulations for fracking while allowing it to continue, as it has routinely since the 1950s.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: GOP lawmakers push EPA to rethink clean water rule

In a year the Republican-controlled Congress is expected to take a significant whack at President Barack Obama’s environmental agenda, GOP lawmakers on Wednesday told top environmental officials they should scrap what was once a fairly obscure proposal to define what is and isn’t considered a body of water by federal law.

Aquafornia news KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Where is California water use decreasing?

Regulations passed by the State Water Resources Control Board last year required urban water suppliers to set mandatory conservation rules in their communities – and required those suppliers to report consumption data, to help illustrate how well the rules are working.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

State considers tighter water limits, hopes for relief this week

On Tuesday, the State Water Resources Control Board is scheduled to discuss whether to go beyond the current statewide prohibitions on hosing down driveways and overwatering lawns, and enact additional limits on outdoor water use such as regulating times for sprinklers.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Commentary: Meetings to understand new water regulations

The San Joaquin County and Delta Water Quality Coalition has developed an extensive program for water quality in our region. … Last March the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board approved the waste discharge requirements for the irrigated lands here in the San Joaquin and Delta area.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Agency to invest in treating water for chromium-6

The Coachella Valley Water District is about to embark on its costliest infrastructure project ever, designing water treatment plants to remove a potentially hazardous heavy metal from the water supply in places from Rancho Mirage to Thermal. … The water district, like many others across the state, is taking steps to comply with a new safe drinking water limit for chromium-6 set by the California Department of Public Health.

Aquafornia news Ventura County Star

California strives to take lead in overseeing fracking

Final regulations are now in place to establish what will become the most comprehensive state oversight of hydraulic fracturing in the nation, but two key parts of California’s landmark 2013 law remain unfinished.

Aquafornia news Best Best & Krieger LLP

Announcement: California Department of Fish and Wildlife increases CEQA document filing fees

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife will increase its filing fees for all CEQA Notices of Determination filed on or after Jan. 1. 

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Blog: California crafts groundwater monitoring rules for fracking sites

Despite the controversy, the state is working to develop regulations for fracking, in which pressurized chemicals and water are injected underground to dislodge gas trapped in rock formations. … The State Water Resources Control Board hosts a public workshop to discuss how and when sampling of groundwater will be conducted, 8:30 a.m. at the Cal/EPA Building on I Street.

Aquafornia news State Water Resources Control Board

Announcement: Stakeholder meetings to develop model groundwater monitoring criteria in areas of oil and gas production

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is hosting a public meeting regarding the development of model criteria for groundwater monitoring related to oil and gas well stimulation treatments, as specified in Senate Bill 4 (Pavley, Statutes of 2013).  LLNL is the expert that the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) is working with to develop the model criteria for groundwater monitoring. The meeting will be held at the Cal/EPA Building in Sacramento on December 11th, 2014, from 8:30 am to 5 pm.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

EPA plans new toxin guidelines for drinking water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to come out with new guidelines that will give cities and water treatment plants a blueprint for dealing with the type of algae-borne toxin that contaminated the drinking water in Ohio’s fourth-largest city, a federal official said Wednesday.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Let water flow in bathroom faucets

The California Energy Commission will make a crucial mistake if it ignores a potential threat to the health and safety of Californians in favor of a proposal from investor-owned utilities.

Aquafornia news UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences California WaterBlog

Blog: Flagging problem dams for fish survival

This drought year, as in those past, California water regulators have given away to cities and farms some river flows critical to fish and wildlife. … There are, however, legal backstops to prevent harmful reductions in fish flows, even during a drought as severe as this one.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Editorial: It’s time to get extremely serious about conserving water

The message that California is in severe drought is being heard. But more must be done.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

The risks of cheap water

This summer, California’s water authority declared that wasting water — hosing a sidewalk, for example — was a crime. Next door, in Nevada, Las Vegas has paid out $200 million over the last decade for homes and businesses to pull out their lawns.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

State of California makes changes to fracking regulations

This is the third version of the regulations for fracking, which injects sand, water and chemicals underground to release oil.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Californians make big cuts in water usage, report says

Some of the biggest savings have come in Southern California, which faced criticism earlier this year for increasing water use at a time when the rest of the state was cutting back, according to state records released Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Water use declines thanks to rebates, mandatory restrictions

Water use was down across most of the Inland area in August compared to the same period last year, contributing to a statewide 11.5 percent drop for the month, officials said Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Water use continues to decline — but by how much?

When Tracy city workers first ran the numbers suggesting that residents saved 41 percent more water in August than they did the previous year — one of the highest conservation rates in the state — Steve Bayley was stunned.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: California water use drops 11.5% in August

Californians facing fines for wastefulness significantly cut their water usage this summer, as community wells run dry, farm fields turn to dust and key reservoirs shrink to a fraction of their capacity.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Big water cuts by many Northern Californians

As California braces for a rainy season that may again be a bust, residents are becoming increasingly mindful about water conservation, particularly in the northern half of the state.

Western Water Magazine

Changing the Status Quo: The 2009 Water Package
January/February 2010

This printed issue of Western Water looks at some of the pieces of the 2009 water legislation, including the Delta Stewardship Council, the new requirements for groundwater monitoring and the proposed water bond.

Western Water Magazine

Water Policy 2007: The View from Washington and Sacramento
March/April 2007

This issue of Western Water looks at the political landscape in Washington, D.C., and Sacramento as it relates to water issues in 2007. Several issues are under consideration, including the means to deal with impending climate change, the fate of the San Joaquin River, the prospects for new surface storage in California and the Delta.

Western Water Magazine

Thirty Years of the Clean Water Act:
November/December 2002

2002 marks the 30th anniversary of one of the most significant environmental laws in American history, the Clean Water Act (CWA). The CWA has had remarkable success, reversing years of neglect and outright abuse of the nation’s waters. But challenges remain as attention turns to the thorny issue of cleaning up nonpoint sources of pollution.

Western Water Magazine

Pervasive and Persistent: Constituents of Growing Concern
January/February 2011

This printed issue of Western Water, based on presentations at the November 3-4, 2010 Water Quality Conference in Ontario, Calif., looks at constituents of emerging concerns (CECs) – what is known, what is yet to be determined and the potential regulatory impacts on drinking water quality.

Western Water Magazine

Mimicking the Natural Landscape: Low Impact Development and Stormwater Capture
September/October 2011

This printed issue of Western Water discusses low impact development and stormwater capture – two areas of emerging interest that are viewed as important components of California’s future water supply and management scenario.

Western Water Magazine

How Much Water Does the Delta Need?
July/August 2012

This printed issue of Western Water examines the issues associated with the State Water Board’s proposed revision of the water quality Bay-Delta Plan, most notably the question of whether additional flows are needed for the system, and how they might be provided.

Western Water Magazine

Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Quality: A Cause for Concern?
September/October 2012

This printed issue of Western Water looks at hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” in California. Much of the information in the article was presented at a conference hosted by the Groundwater Resources Association of California.

Western Water Magazine

A Call to Action? The Colorado River Basin Supply and Demand Study
November/December 2012

This printed issue of Western Water examines the Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study and what its finding might mean for the future of the lifeblood of the Southwest.

Western Water Magazine

Viewing Water with a Wide Angle Lens: A Roundtable Discussion
January/February 2013

This printed issue of Western Water features a roundtable discussion with Anthony Saracino, a water resources consultant; Martha Davis, executive manager of policy development with the Inland Empire Utilities Agency and senior policy advisor to the Delta Stewardship Council; Stuart Leavenworth, editorial page editor of The Sacramento Bee and Ellen Hanak, co-director of research and senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California.

Western Water Magazine

Nitrate and the Struggle for Clean Drinking Water
March/April 2013

This printed issue of Western Water discusses the problems of nitrate-contaminated water in small disadvantaged communities and possible solutions.

Western Water Magazine

Meeting the Co-equal Goals? The Bay Delta Conservation Plan
May/June 2013

This issue of Western Water looks at the BDCP and the Coalition to Support Delta Projects, issues that are aimed at improving the health and safety of the Delta while solidifying California’s long-term water supply reliability.

Western Water Magazine

Two States, One Lake: Keeping Lake Tahoe Blue
September / October 2013

This printed issue of Western Water discusses some of the issues associated with the effort to preserve and restore the clarity of Lake Tahoe.

Western Water Magazine

Overdrawn at the Bank: Managing California’s Groundwater
January/February 2014

This printed issue of Western Water looks at California groundwater and whether its sustainability can be assured by local, regional and state management. For more background information on groundwater please refer to the Founda­tion’s Layperson’s Guide to Groundwater.

Video

The Klamath Basin: A Restoration for the Ages (20 min. DVD)

20-minute version of the 2012 documentary The Klamath Basin: A Restoration for the Ages. This DVD is ideal for showing at community forums and speaking engagements to help the public understand the complex issues related to complex water management disputes in the Klamath River Basin. Narrated by actress Frances Fisher.

Video

The Klamath Basin: A Restoration for the Ages (60 min. DVD)

For over a century, the Klamath River Basin along the Oregon and California border has faced complex water management disputes. As relayed in this 2012, 60-minute public television documentary narrated by actress Frances Fisher, the water interests range from the Tribes near the river, to energy producer PacifiCorp, farmers, municipalities, commercial fishermen, environmentalists – all bearing legitimate arguments for how to manage the water. After years of fighting, a groundbreaking compromise may soon settle the battles with two epic agreements that hold the promise of peace and fish for the watershed. View an excerpt from the documentary here.

Publication

Layperson’s Guide to Water Recycling
Updated 2013

As the state’s population continues to grow and traditional water supplies grow tighter, there is increased interest in reusing treated wastewater for a variety of activities, including irrigation of crops, parks and golf courses, groundwater recharge and industrial uses.

Publication

Layperson’s Guide to California Water
Updated 2015

The 24-page Layperson’s Guide to California Water provides an excellent overview of the history of water development and use in California. It includes sections on flood management; the state, federal and Colorado River delivery systems; Delta issues; water rights; environmental issues; water quality; and options for stretching the water supply such as water marketing and conjunctive use.

Publication

Layperson’s Guide to the Central Valley Project
Updated 2011

The 24-page Layperson’s Guide to the Central Valley Project explores the history and development of the federal Central Valley Project (CVP), California’s largest surface water delivery system. In addition to the history of the project, the guide describes the various CVP facilities, CVP operations, the benefits the CVP brought to the state, and the CVP Improvement Act (CVPIA).

Publication

Layperson’s Guide to the Delta
Updated 2010

The 24-page Layperson’s Guide to the Delta explores the competing uses and demands on California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Included in the guide are sections on the history of the Delta, its role in the state’s water system, and its many complex and competing issues with sections on water quality, levees, salinity and agricultural drainage, and water distribution.

Publication

Layperson’s Guide to Water Rights Law
Updated 2013

The 28-page Layperson’s Guide to Water Rights Law, recognized as the most thorough explanation of California water rights law available to non-lawyers, traces the authority for water flowing in a stream or reservoir, from a faucet or into an irrigation ditch through the complex web of California water rights.

Video

Shaping of the West: 100 Years of Reclamation

30-minute DVD that traces the history of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and its role in the development of the West. Includes extensive historic footage of farming and the construction of dams and other water projects, and discusses historic and modern day issues.

Video

Water on the Edge (30-minute VHS)

A 30-minute version of the 2005 PBS documentary Water on the Edge. This video is ideal for showing at community forums and speaking engagements to help the public understand the complex issues surrounding the New River.

Video

Water on the Edge (60-minute VHS)

Water truly has shaped California into the great state it is today. And if it is water that made California great, it’s the fight over – and with – water that also makes it so critically important. In efforts to remap California’s circulatory system, there have been some critical events that had a profound impact on California’s water history. These turning points not only forced a re-evaluation of water, but continue to impact the lives of every Californian. This 2005 PBS documentary offers a historical and current look at the major water issues that shaped the state we know today. Includes a 12-page viewer’s guide with background information, historic timeline and a teacher’s lesson.

Video

Water on the Edge (60-minute DVD)

Water truly has shaped California into the great state it is today. And if it is water that made California great, it’s the fight over – and with – water that also makes it so critically important. In efforts to remap California’s circulatory system, there have been some critical events that had a profound impact on California’s water history. These turning points not only forced a re-evaluation of water, but continue to impact the lives of every Californian. This 2005 PBS documentary offers a historical and current look at the major water issues that shaped the state we know today. Includes a 12-page viewer’s guide with background information, historic timeline and a teacher’s lesson.

Video

California Water Recycling

In the West, it is not a matter of if a drought will occur, but when. In an effort to develop a drought-proof water supply, many communities are turning to water recycling. Water recycling is reusing treated wastewater for irrigating golf courses, other urban landscapes, some crops, wetlands enhancement, industrial processes and even groundwater recharge. But many people do not understand how water is treated, recycled and reused, causing some to oppose new projects.

Maps & Posters

Klamath River Watershed Map
Published 2011

This beautiful 24×36 inch poster, suitable for framing, displays the rivers, lakes and reservoirs, irrigated farmland, urban areas and Indian reservations within the Klamath River Watershed. The map text explains the many issues facing this vast, 15,000-square-mile watershed, including fish restoration; agricultural water use; and wetlands. Also included are descriptions of the separate, but linked, Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement and the Klamath Hydroelectric Agreement, and the next steps associated with those agreements. Development of the map was funded by a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Maps & Posters

Carson River Basin Map
Published 2006

A companion to the Truckee River Basin Map poster, this 24×36 inch poster, suitable for framing, explores the Carson River, and its link to the Truckee River. The map includes Lahontan Dam and Reservoir, the Carson Sink, and the farming areas in the basin. Map text discusses the region’s hydrology and geography, the Newlands Project, land and water use within the basin and wetlands. Development of the map was funded by a grant from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Mid-Pacific Region, Lahontan Basin Area Office.

Maps & Posters

Delta Sustainability Map
Published 2006

This beautifully illustrated 24×36 inch poster, suitable for framing and display in any office or classroom, focuses on the theme of Delta sustainability.

The text, photos and graphics explain issues related to land subsidence, levees and flooding, urbanization and fish and wildlife protection. An inset map illustrates the tidal action that increases the salinity of the Delta’s waterways. Development of the map was funded by a grant from the California Bay-Delta Authority.

Maps & Posters

Invasive Species Poster Set

One copy of the Space Invaders and one copy of the Unwelcome Visitors poster for a special price.

Maps & Posters

Unwelcome Visitors

This 24×36 inch poster, suitable for framing, explains how non-native invasive animals can alter the natural ecosystem, leading to the demise of native animals “Unwelcome Visitors” features photos and information on four such species – including the zerbra mussel – and explains the environmental and economic threats posed by these species.

Maps & Posters

Space Invaders

This 24×36 inch poster, suitable for framing, explains how non-native invasive plants can alter the natural ecosystem, leading to the demise of native plants and animals. “Space Invaders” features photos and information on six non-native plants that have caused widespread problems in the Bay-Delta Estuary and elsewhere.

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