The weather in the Klamath Basin may be seasonably pleasant, but the climate of long-term water agreement talks for Interior Department’s Alan Mikkelsen have been stormy as of late. … In a recent interview with Mikkelsen regarding the status of his “climb” toward the goal of an agreement, he said he is halfway up the mountain. On Wednesday, he said progress has come to a stop.
Five candidates will compete for three open seats on the Desert Water Agency board, pitting the three incumbents against two challengers looking to increase representation of agency areas outside Palm Springs.
Andy Mueller, the general manager of the Colorado River District, presented six principles last week to guide an emerging federal and state program designed to reduce water use in order to avoid a compact call on the Colorado River.
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency’s internal watchdog office announced his retirement Tuesday, leaving subordinates to pursue ongoing ethics probes involving former EPA chief Scott Pruitt and his team.
The Klamath Tribes believe the federal government has taken a “giant step backwards” in the road to a comprehensive, long-term agreement aiming to solve water conflicts in the Basin. That’s because the U.S. government rolled back a federal program in its fifth year of providing $500,000 for a study aimed at testing water quality in Upper Klamath Lake.
[Former Arizona Sen. Jon] Kyl, who has a history of negotiating important and contentious water deals, returns to the Senate at a critical juncture for Arizona’s future water security, as it struggles to finalize its portion of the so-called “drought contingency plan” for the lower Colorado River.
California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird and Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz this week announced plans to collaborate on forest resilience and carbon sequestration opportunities across the western seaboard. The announcement came during the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit where Franz and Laird are representing, respectively, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and California Natural Resources Agency.
DWR Director Karla Nemeth told a global audience of water experts and policymakers Thursday that the department has embraced a science-based approach to withstanding extreme weather changes in California while setting the groundwork for a more sustainable future. “The department is becoming more of a leader in science and the application of science in water resources management,” Nemeth explained to the approximately 200 attendees at Water Pavilion, a water-affiliated program of the Governor’s Global Climate Action Summit.
A Compton water district that could be abolished for delivering brown water is waging an eleventh-hour campaign for its survival. The push comes after legislation sailed through the state Assembly and Senate last month that would dismantle the Sativa Los Angeles County Water District’s five-member elected board of directors and install a new general manager by year’s end.
Scott Pruitt, the scandal-ridden former Environmental Protection Agency chief, denied on Wednesday that he had obtained any out-of-the-ordinary gifts as a result of his Cabinet-level post, dismissing allegations he received perks in office ranging from much-sought sport tickets to a job for his wife.
Highlighting successful collaboration to improve water supply management, two John W. Keys, III awards were presented at the 3rd biennial San Joaquin River Restoration Program Science Meeting held in Sacramento, August 22 and 23. Keeping with the meeting theme “Collaborating for the Future,” the Keys Award recipients were recognized for their joint efforts at implementing new, 21st century runoff forecasting tools for the San Joaquin watershed.
Shortly before dawn on Saturday, NASA will launch ICESat-2, a satellite that will use a laser to measure the changing height of Earth’s ice. … The Union-Tribune discussed the project with Helen Fricker, a glaciologist at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography who has long been part of the mission’s science team.
California officials have been pushing for more natural water storage since the last large-scale facility was built in 1979. Now they’re finally going to get it, thanks to political pressure, President Donald Trump and some congressional creativity. The House approved several provisions Thursday that help fund water storage projects. The Senate is expected to concur shortly, and Trump is expected to sign the legislation into law next week.
DWR’s Lead Scientist Ted Sommer, whose decades of research into fish and ecology has influenced scientific policy and management in California, received a career achievement award Monday at the Bay-Delta Science Conference in Sacramento. The Brown-Nichols Science Award is a biennial honor for scientists whose research into the San Francisco Estuary and watershed is widely recognized by the scientific community.
Attending our annual Water Summit on Sept. 20 is more than just hearing in-depth discussions on the hottest water topics. Mingle and network with attendees at the hosted reception after the conference beside the Sacramento River, and bid throughout the day on some fun outings and baskets of California products during an auction that benefits our yearlong Water Leaders program … that attracts members from all stakeholder groups, deepens their understanding of California water issues and instills leadership skills. Applications for our 2019 class coming soon!
Felicia Marcus, chairwoman of the State Water Resources Control Board, has considerable influence over decision-making that could leave more water in rivers for salmon at the expense of irrigation districts in the Northern San Joaquin Valley.
A top Trump administration official on Monday defended a plan to revamp the Endangered Species Act, saying the proposed changes would result in more effective, quicker decisions on species protection. Deputy Interior Secretary David Bernhardt dismissed criticism by environmental groups that the plan would “gut” crucial protections for threatened animals and plants.
During election years in Colorado, it’s routine for candidates for statewide office to address the summer convention of the politically powerful Colorado Water Congress. … And so the ritual was repeated last week as about 350 self-proclaimed “water buffaloes” gathered at the Hotel Talisa in Vail and heard from the Republican and Democratic candidates for the 3rd Congressional District, governor and attorney general.
Sarah Woolf, a member of one of Fresno County’s most prominent farming families and a longtime agriculture advocate, has abruptly resigned from the board of the Westlands Water District. Woolf turned in her letter of resignation last week as the tension between she and the district’s general manager, Tom Birmingham, reached a breaking point.
California Gov. Jerry Brown, whose term expires in January, has made renewable energy and climate change a centerpiece of his final term. This week, he co-hosts a global climate summit in San Francisco. On Friday, he discussed the issue in an interview with San Jose Mercury News resources and environment writer Paul Rogers.