State Agencies Present Framework for Voluntary Agreements to Improve Habitat and Flow in the Delta

The California Natural Resources Agency and the California Environmental Protection Agency released a framework for potential voluntary agreements to improve river flows and habitats in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta last week. The framework, which expands on previous commitments, outlines a 15-year program that would provide substantial new flows for the …

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Snowpack Remains Below Average According to DWR Survey

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) conducted the second manual snow survey of 2020 at Phillips Station yesterday and the results are somewhat less than stellar. The survey showed the snowpack 40.5 inches deep and a snow water equivalent (SWE) of 14.5 inches. This is 79 percent of average for …

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New Clean Water Act Rule to Provide Clarity and Redefine WOTUS

BREAKING: EPA’s water rules overturned by Senate

Earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army (Army) finalized the Navigable Waters Protection Rule to define “Waters of the United States” and thereby establish federal regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act. The revised definition identifies four categories of waters that are federally regulated …

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State Water Project Allocation Increases to 15 Percent

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has announced an increase in 2020 State Water Project (SWP) allocations to 15 percent of requested supplies, up from the year’s initial 10 percent allocation announced on December 2. The Statewide snowpack is 76 percent of normal for this time of year and …

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