Yesterday, the California Water Commission announced that the application period for water storage projects will be open from March 14, 2017, to August 14, 2017. Proponents of new water storage projects in California are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible. Through this program, the Commission will fund the public benefits of water storage projects that improve the operation of the state water system, are cost effective, and provide a net improvement in ecosystem and water quality conditions.

Stephanie Thara

Governor Brown’s budget proposes an increase of five new positions and $1 million for the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program (ILRP) Waste Discharge Permit Fund.

During the budget briefing conference call with state agencies, Western Growers’ staff questioned why the $1 million increase was necessary. 

Since 2004, the governor’s budget has capped the ILRP budget at 23 positions; however, four other regions have also adopted ILRP programs, necessitating the need for a larger budget. Those regions are:

Jeff Janas

DWR is hosting a series of public meetings to share information and to seek feedback on a draft of Best Management Practices (BMPs) for sustainable groundwater management. BMPs are intended to provide clarification, guidance, and examples to help Groundwater Sustainability Agencies develop the essential elements of a Groundwater Sustainability Plan for the sustainable management of groundwater.

Meeting Schedule

Monday, November 14, 2016, 2:00 P.M.

Willows City Hall, City Council Chambers

Jeff Janas

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Will this year be The Lost El Niño?

El Niño has already brought major rain and snow to California. But most of it is going straight out to the ocean. Why are we missing this opportunity to recover from the drought?