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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

October 3, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:An NBC Bay Area examination of 20 years’ worth of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and California Division of Safety of Dams (DSOD) inspection reports, engineering studies, Federal Part 12D independent consultant inspection reports, consultant letters and memos—nearly 10,000 pages of documents in all—repeatedly identified problems with the stability, safety and monitoring of Oroville Dam.In the meantime, Ledesma says priority number one is finishing spillway construction before the rainy season begins again.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

September 11, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:The electric bus will be the first of its kind for the school district. Chrystal Ales, the air quality district administrator who’s overseen Chico’s grant, said CUSD’s aging transportation helped earn the grant. In demonstrating need, Ales explained, “they chose their oldest bus with the most miles on it. It was a 1987 diesel bus with over 400,000 miles.”Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

August 25, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:“Butte, one of the northernmost [State Water Project] water contractors, has long borne extraordinary risks and uncompensated costs as the host county of DWR’s Oroville facilities,” it reads. “Butte is the location of Lake Oroville, the SWP’s ‘crown jewel,’ as well as creeks, rivers and groundwater basins that provide the lifeblood for agriculture, the economy and the environment in the northern Sacramento Valley.”Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

August 1, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:"Oroville Dam may be facing a breach danger from a serious and a dangerous form of a slow motion failure mode of the left abutment of the dam," the report reads."Do not try to ignore persistent 'wet spots' in the nation's tallest embankment dam," Bea said to SFGATE. "Do not try to explain them away using 'trite explanations' like 'all dams have leaks' or 'it is a natural spring.' This dam is an extremely important part of our California water supply infrastructure system. If this dam failed catastrophically during high water in the reservoir, there would be significant deaths and injuries, loss of property and productivity, and damage to the environment."Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter