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Aquafornia news Best Best & Krieger LLP

Legal Alert: Ninth Circuit Upholds Delta Smelt Biological Opinion Pumping Restrictions

From Best Best & Krieger LLP:

“In a reversal potentially impacting the water supply to millions of Californians, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a biological opinion issued by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) regarding the effect of California State Water Project (SWP) and federal Central Valley Project (CVP) operations on the delta smelt—a small fish located in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The Ninth Circuit held the biological opinion valid, largely based on general principles of deference to federal agencies.
Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Reclamation Releases Central Valley Project Integrated Resource Plan

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

“The Bureau of Reclamation today [March 17] released the final report on the Central Valley Project Integrated Resource Plan. Reclamation investigated climate change impacts on water supplies and demands in the CVP service area and performed an exploratory analysis of potential adaptation strategies to address these impacts. The Plan was authorized by the CALFED Bay Delta Authorization Act (P.L.
Aquafornia news KCRA Sacramento

North Valley Farmers May Sue for More Water; Growers Say Feds have Violated Contract

From KCRA Sacramento:

“Farmers in the northern Central Valley said Monday they may sue the federal government for failing to provide the minimum amount of water they said a 50-year-old contract requires.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

First Giant New Folsom Dam Spillway Gate Delivered

From The Sacramento Bee:

“The first of 12 giant new Folsom Dam spillway gates arrived late Friday after a 600-mile journey by truck from Vancouver, Wash. …

“The new $900 million spillway is designed to double Folsom Dam’s flood protection rating for the Sacramento region.”

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First of Many Large Floodgates En Route to Folsom Dam

From KCRA 3 News:

“The first of many large floodgates is heading down Interstate 5 Thursday and will eventually make its way to Folsom Dam.”

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Aquafornia news U.S. Department of the Interior

News Release: Secretary Jewell Underscores Administration Support for California During Historic Drought

From the U.S.

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Lowell Pimley Named Acting Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

“Newly confirmed Deputy Secretary Michael L. Connor has praised Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell’s decision to appoint Lowell Pimley to serve as acting Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation until a new Commissioner is selected by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate.
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Commentary: A State Board Action Threatens Farm Survival

From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Jim O’Banion:

“The negative impacts of the dry water year will be multiplied many times over if a proposal by a state agency becomes reality. It would overturn water rights held by water districts for more than 100 years.

“In this water-short year, the state Department of Water Resources and the U.S.

Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

California Water Official Hopes for End to Zero Allocation

From The Fresno Bee:

“A state water official said Thursday that despite the ‘horrifying’ drought gripping the state, there’s still a chance that farmers will get San Joaquin River water this summer instead of the ‘zero allocation’ announced.”

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Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Drought Brings Different Winter Task for Sacramento Valley Crops

From the Chico Enterprise-Record:

“Northern California crops are dominated by orchards and rice, which make up the bulk of farm income. …

“Both the Department of Water Resources and the Bureau of Reclamation have said water deliveries will be very low or nonexistent for growers. Some districts with senior water rights have been told water delivery will be 40 percent.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Shasta Lake City Council Approves Excess-use Water Penalty

From the Redding Record Searchlight:

During a marathon Shasta Lake City Council meeting Tuesday night, councilors approved an excess-use penalty fee for water customers and established a plan on how to replace resigning council member Ron Dixon.

“In response to California’s extreme drought conditions that, though helped, have not been fixed by the recent rainfall, the U.S.

Aquafornia news [Marysville] Appeal-Democrat

Bureau of Reclamation Hit Over Cuts

From the [Marysville] Appeal-Democrat:

“Until the federal government fulfills water obligations in the north, don’t send it south.

“That was the message from Sacramento River settlement contractors, through an attorney, to the Bureau of Reclamation, which recently forecast the water deliveries to the districts and water companies along the river would be cut by 60 percent.”

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Aquafornia news Northern California Water Association (NCWA) Blog

Blog: As We Watch the Drought Unfold in Northern California …

From the Northern California Water Association (NCWA) Blog:

“In a viewpoint in the Sacramento Bee, Roseville Chamber of Commerce President Randall Wilson paints a compelling picture of the dynamics surrounding Folsom Reservoir and the need to rethink water management in the future.”

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Aquafornia news Fresno Bee Earth Log blog by Mark Grossi

Blog: Orange Cove, Small Cities to Get Kings River Water

From The Fresno Bee Earth Log blog by Mark Grossi:

“In this epic dry winter, there may be no San Joaquin River water for small east San Joaquin Valley communities this summer. So what water will these folks be drinking?

“Kings River water.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Feds Challenged on Proposed Water Cuts in Sacramento Valley

From The Sacramento Bee:

“The strain on water supplies in this serious drought year was evident this week, as major landowners in the Sacramento Valley protested the federal government’s forecast that it will deliver only 40 percent of usual water supplies.
Aquafornia news Stockton Record Alex Breitler Environment blog

Blog: Why San Joaquin County is Likely to Receive CVP Water

From the Stockton Record Alex Breitler Environment blog:

“Some observers were surprised when Central Valley Project contractors on the Stanislaus River — namely, Stockton East Water District and Central San Joaquin Water Conservation District — were told they would receive 55 percent of their requested water this year, unless conditions change.”

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Commentary: Water Won’t Run Through Lines in the Sand

From The Salinas Californian, in a commentary by Dennis Taylor:

“While farmers in the Salinas Valley are increasingly worried about future irrigation water, the federal Bureau of Reclamation told farmers in the Central Valley on Friday that they will have a zero allocation of water from the Central Valley Water Project.

“Meanwhile, Republicans and Democrats in Sacramento are introducing water bills that often serve only to counter the other party’s water bills.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Most Central Valley Growers to Get No Water from Central Valley Project

From the Los Angeles Times:

“Citing the state’s severe drought, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced an initial water allocation of zero for most contractors of the sprawling Central Valley Project. …

“The bureau even plans to give districts with the most senior water rights only 40% of their contract supply – the deepest cut ever for that group.”

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Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Feds Say Farmers Won’t Get Any Central Valley Project Water This Year

From the San Jose Mercury News:

“In a crushing reminder of the state’s parched plight, federal officials announced Friday that the Central Valley Project — California’s largest water delivery system — will provide no water this year to Central Valley farmers and only 50 percent of the contracted amount to urban areas such as Santa Clara and Contra Costa counties.”

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Aquafornia news Salinas Californian

Central Valley Farmers Won’t Get Federal Water

From The Salinas Californian:

“After weeks of speculation on how much water from Millerton Lake might be released this year to South Valley farmers and communities that depend on it, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation made its announcement on Friday.”

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