Former California Assemblyman Thomas Hannigan, a respected Solano County leader who spent decades in office, died Tuesday. … After leaving office in 1996, Hannigan was appointed by then-Gov. Gray Davis to serve as director of the California Department of Water Resources until his retirement in 2003.
The state of California recently released its Fourth Climate Change Assessment. Among the technical reports was a deep dive into the future of the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project. It was over my [Tom Philp] head. It was calling my name. And in climate change’s frenzied media cycle, the whole assessment soon faded. That’s too bad.
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today [Oct. 5] removed a caution advisory that had been in effect since August 17 at Pyramid Lake in Los Angeles County. Water contact is allowed, but all recreational users should always avoid contact with blue-green algae. DWR lifted the caution advisory after detecting a reduced amount of microcystins for a second consecutive week at Pyramid Lake.
More than 20,000 visitors and residents joined in the festivities of Oroville’s annual Salmon Festival on September 22 to welcome Chinook salmon back to the Feather River. Each year, the event brings street fairs, salmon barbeques, music, and kids’ activities to Oroville’s historic downtown. Across the “Green Bridge”– built in 1907 – the Department of Water Resources (DWR) led tours of the Feather River Fish Hatchery
The Sacramento Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) on September 27 honored Ted Craddock, DWR Assistant Deputy Director of the State Water Project (SWP), with the Outstanding Civil Engineer in the Public Sector for his work last year as project manager of the Oroville Emergency Recovery project. The award not only commends Craddock for his leadership of the massive project to rebuild the main spillway and armor the emergency spillway, but also recognizes the entire team’s efforts.
This week’s California Water Plan eNews includes: Countdown is on for next week’s Update 2018 plenary meeting, still time to register; Draft stormwater target report open for public comment throughout October; Workshops will provide information on grants to promote forest health; Up to $49 million in funding for ecosystem project available under Propositions 1 and 68; CNRA releases draft guidelines for cultural and community grants program; Contest offers cash prizes for new insights on Bay Area water quality data
California began a new water year Monday with some rain falling or in the immediate forecast after 12 months of below-average precipitation. The Department of Water Resources said the Oct.1-Sept. 30 water year that ended Sunday was marked by hot and dry conditions, except for sporadic significant precipitation.
For as long as agriculture has existed in the Central Valley, farmers have pumped water from the ground to sustain their livelihood and grow food consumed by much of the nation. This has caused the ground in certain places to sink, sometimes dramatically, eliminating valuable aquifer storage space that can never be restored.
Eric Ward went to one of his regular fishing spots near the Oroville Dam Friday morning, and the scene was far from serene. … The word from the Department of Water Resources is that the rubber booms were deployed to capture any hydraulic oil that spilled into the water when a valve was tested, explained Mark Anderson, assistant State Water Project deputy director.
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and California Department of Water Resources (DWR):
As the California State Fair kicks off today [July 11], Save Our Water – a partnership between the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) – is encouraging Californians to visit its displays featuring easy ways to save water inside and outside the home. Staff from DWR will be on hand to help attendees identify opportunities to conserve.
From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):
DWR is represented at the American Water Works Association’s Whole Water Conference, which began June 24 in Monterey. The conference explores the challenge of managing California’s drinking water resource while protecting the environment, even as the drought imposes its own realities.
A bold, $25-billion plan to ship more water to Southern California could create tens of thousands of new jobs a year for decades, a Brown administration study says. And even though the plan is at least two years from possible final approval, it is generating plenty of controversy.