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June 14, 2018

Highlights and Sticky Notes:SGMA requires each Groundwater Sustainability Agency to consider the interests of all groundwater users in the basin, and diligent stakeholders who make certain that their interests are considered are likely to find themselves in a much better place on January 31, 2020 than those who sit on the sidelines and wait for the dust to settle.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

May 21, 2018

Highlights and Sticky Notes:County staff is recommending a joint powers authority be set up, which would be governed by a five-member board. There would be a representative from each of the three agencies, plus one independent agricultural groundwater pumper and one domestic well user.The JPA will be charged with developing a plan by Jan. 30, 2022, that will assure the aquifer is not used to a degree that depletes it.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Supervisors Chambers in the county Administration Building, 25 County Center Drive in Oroville.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

April 30, 2018

Highlights and Sticky Notes:The meeting Thursday will focus on what’s called the Vina Subbasin, which covers the valley floor between Big Chico Creek and Deer Creek in Tehama County.Thursday’s meeting will provide a chance to meet representatives of those three and view a draft governance structure on how the three would work together.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

April 18, 2018

Highlights and Sticky Notes:If the commission stays its course in carrying out voters’ mandate to make sound investments in water storage and drought preparation, average Californians and the state’s ecosystem will benefit in an enduring, sustainable manner that gives our water system more of what it needs to confront climate change.Tags: water, californiaby: ndcarter

January 30, 2018

Highlights and Sticky Notes:The White House has drafted a proposal to scale back environmental requirements in an effort to make it easier to construct roads, bridges and pipelines across the countryCritics of the administration said the proposal outlined in the document would gut key environmental protections in laws dating to the 1970s, such as the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

January 29, 2018

Highlights and Sticky Notes:All 11 water project applications from around the state under review by the commission have scored less than one or even zero on their public benefit ratios, said state Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula, D-Fresno. That includes the proposed Sites Reservoir project in Northern California.

A score of one or greater is considered the minimum needed to be awarded money.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

January 17, 2018

Highlights and Sticky Notes:The embattled California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced Wednesday the appointment of a new director, Karla NemethNemeth’s appointment comes in the wake of the release of a scathing independent report of the agency’s handling of the Oroville Dam spillway disaster. The report said a flawed safety culture and “long-term and systemic failures” contributed to the disaster that resulted in the evacuation of 188,000 people on an hour’s notice from Butte, Yuba and Sutter counties in February 2017.Eric Koch, who has served in numerous leadership roles at DWR over the past decade, will serve in this new role effective today and will oversee the Division of Flood Management and the Division of Safety of Dams.The second position, Deputy Director for Integrated Water Management and Multi-Benefit Programs, will focus on long-range planning and integrated water management, as well as local water supply sustainability and DWR’s EcoRestore Program.Finally, DWR is consolidating responsibilities for management of the newly established Executive Sustainable Groundwater Management Program with Deputy Director for Special Initiatives Taryn Ravazzini.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

January 17, 2018

Highlights and Sticky Notes:the year he graduated was the same year the Butte Environmental Council was established. “I was a cofounder. There were about 10 people who worked to start it.” For a few years, he was the nonprofit’s business manager.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

October 30, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:California’s climate is known for its cycles of prolonged dry conditions followed by intense rain and snow. Last winter, we saw an extreme example of this as we swung from one of the worst droughts in the state’s history to record precipitation in a few months.It’s important to remember that, even with all the precipitation last winter, water scarcity still threatens sensitive ecosystems across the state.One thing is clear – California faces serious funding gaps when it comes to water, parks and ecosystems.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter