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Aquafornia news Record Searchlight

Shasta Dam raising project runs into legal, congressional road blocks

At least one state agency has indicated it will not issue necessary permits to allow federal officials and a Fresno-based water district to begin construction to raise the height of Shasta Dam. In addition to facing opposition from the state, the project could also face fresh hurdles from Congress, which this year came under control of Democrats. In a letter to the Fresno-based Westlands Water District, the State Water Resources Control Board says raising the height of Shasta Dam would violate state law.

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Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Key California ag region ponders what’s next after voters spurn bond to fix sinking Friant-Kern Canal

Land subsidence from overpumping of San Joaquin Valley groundwater sank portions of the Friant-Kern Canal, the 152-mile conduit that conveys water from the San Joaquin River to farms that help fuel a multibillion-dollar agricultural economy. A plan to fix it helped sink the $8.8 billion Proposition 3 bond measure last November. Now San Joaquin Valley water managers are trying to figure out another way to restore the canal, not only to keep farmers farming, but to aid the valley’s overtaxed groundwater aquifers. By Gary Pitzer in Western Water.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

He’s ‘famous’ for measuring California’s snow. Now, he’s retiring after 30 years — sort of

A simple web search will pull up nearly a million articles, videos and photos featuring Frank Gehrke. He’s no fashion icon like Kim Kardashian or a dogged politician like Gov. Jerry Brown. But he has broken a lot of news. … For 30 years, you might have seen Gehrke on TV, the guy trudging through snow with a measuring pole, talking about how deep the pack is each winter on the evening news. He retired from his post as the state’s chief snow surveyor in December, but he’s not letting go of his snowshoes and skis anytime soon.

Aquafornia news AgAlert

January storms benefit Sierra snowpack

Although Mother Nature blew the storm door off its hinges in parts of California last weekend, the state continues to run below average for rain and snow so far this winter.

Aquafornia news California Water Research

Blog: Environmental Groups Urge New Congress to Fund Seismic Fix at San Luis Dam

A coalition of environmental groups has called on California members of Congress to prioritize the San Luis (B.F. Sisk) Dam seismic remediation over federal funding for new California dams. San Luis Dam is in a very seismically active area. Independently reviewed risk assessments for Reclamation have shown that a large earthquake could lead to crest settlement and overtopping of the dam, which would result in large uncontrolled releases and likely dam failure.

Aquafornia news Benicia Herald

New Bay-Delta magazine, ‘SOUNDINGS’ launches

Featuring artists, photographers, first-person narratives, historical and scientific essays, long-form journalism and fiction, the magazine revolves around the fascinating people and wonders that make up the greater Bay – Delta region of California.

Aquafornia news The Revelator

Blog: 2019 Will Be a Big Year for Water

At stake is an important rule that defines which waters are protected under the Clean Water Act. It’s also poised to be a year of reckoning on the Colorado River, which supplies water to 40 million people and 5.5 million acres of farmland. And it could also be a landmark year for water management in California, with several key issues coming to a head. 

Western Water Douglas E. Beeman Douglas E. Beeman

Women Leading in Water, Colorado River Drought and Promising Solutions — Western Water Year in Review

Dear Western Water readers:

Women named in the last year to water leadership roles (clockwise, from top left): Karla Nemeth, director, California Department of Water Resources; Gloria Gray,  chair, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; Brenda Burman, Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner; Jayne Harkins,  commissioner, International Boundary and Water Commission, U.S. and Mexico; Amy Haas, executive director, Upper Colorado River Commission.The growing leadership of women in water. The Colorado River’s persistent drought and efforts to sign off on a plan to avert worse shortfalls of water from the river. And in California’s Central Valley, promising solutions to vexing water resource challenges.

These were among the topics that Western Water news explored in 2018.

We’re already planning a full slate of stories for 2019. You can sign up here to be alerted when new stories are published. In the meantime, take a look at what we dove into in 2018:

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Reclamation, State of California Announce Negotiations with Cross Valley Contractors for Conveyance Service

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

The Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources have scheduled a negotiation session with seven Cross Valley Contractors on long-term conveyance contracts for the delivery of federal Central Valley Project water conveyed through state-owned facilities.

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Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Auxiliary Dam Topped at Folsom

From Capital Public Radio:

Even in a drought, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is getting ready for the next flood threat on the American river.

Construction workers poured the last bit of concrete to top off the Auxiliary Dam at Folsom Lake this morning [July 11].

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Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Public Open House Scheduled on Central Valley Project Improvement Act Annual Work Plans for Fiscal Year 2015

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Reclamation will hold a public Open House on Thursday, July 31, 2014, to present and solicit comments on the Central Valley Project Improvement Act Annual Work Plans for Fiscal Year 2015.

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California Drought Imperils a Dream

From the Los Angeles Times:

For the first time in the more than half a century that the federal government had been diverting Sierra Nevada water to farmers, there would be no deliveries to most Central Valley irrigation districts. In the third year of drought, there wasn’t enough water to go around.

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Aquafornia news Eugene Register-Guard

Rolling through Oregon [Folsom Dam gate photo]

From the Eugene Register-Guard:

Gresham Transfer is driving a total of 10 gates through Oregon to the Folsom dam, about 25 miles northeast of Sacramento.

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Aquafornia news Eugene Register-Guard

Folsom Dam Gate to Delay I-5 Traffic Tonight, ODOT Says

From the Eugene Register-Guard:

Late-hour motorists on Interstate 5 should expect long delays between Cottage Grove and Sutherlin tonight while an oversize load carrying a massive [Folsom] dam gate is transported through the area, the state Department of Transportation said Tuesday. …
Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Reclamation to Hold Public Meeting on Central Valley Project Cost Allocation Study July 18 in Folsom

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

“The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled a meeting to update the public on the current status of the ongoing Cost Allocation Study for the Central Valley Project. The focus of the meeting will be to discuss the methodology on calculating the economic benefits for irrigation and municipal and industrial water supply.”

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Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

DWR Spotlight: Romero Visitors Center Reopens

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

“Located next to San Luis Reservoir along Highway 152 in Merced County, the [Romero Visitors] center features exhibits of the area’s history, dam construction and State Water Project construction and operations.”

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Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

Federal Court Rejects Bid to Stop Flow from Friant Dam

From The Fresno Bee:

“The U.S. District Court in Fresno Tuesday refused to stop Millerton Lake water from being sent to wildlife refuges and farmers with historic rights on the Valley’s west side.”

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Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

East Valley Farmers Sue to Stop Millerton Lake Water Release

From The Fresno Bee:

“East San Joaquin Valley farmers, facing a zero water allocation this summer, are asking a judge to stop unprecedented water releases that started last week at Millerton Lake.”

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Aquafornia news Fresno Bee Earth Log blog by Mark Grossi

Blog: 40% Losses Expected in Friant Dam Water Releases

From The Fresno Bee Earth Log blog by Mark Grossi:

“Curious about the water flowing out of Friant Dam into the San Joaquin River during this intense drought? The news about it continues to evolve.”

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Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

San Joaquin Valley Water Users Irked By Feds’ Use of Millerton Lake for West-side Farms

From The Fresno Bee:

“Farmers, water district officials and city leaders expressed frustration Thursday over the decision by federal managers to tap water from Friant Dam to meet a long-standing obligation with west-side landowners.”

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