Drought legislation based on a bipartisan agreement between Senator Feinstein and House Majority Leader McCarthy has been included in the FY17 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). The WRDA is currently on the floor of the House of Representatives and set for a vote as early as tomorrow (December 7), with the Senate potentially poised to pick it up on Thursday (December 8).

Cory Lunde

The California Department of Water Resources announced a 20 percent initial state water allocation for 2017 for customers served by the State Water Project (SWP). State officials suggested the allocation amount may change in the spring of next year depending on the amount of precipitation winter storms bring to the state.

According the DWR’s release, “Initial allocations frequently change. For example, the initial allocation for this year (2016) was 10 percent, with a final allocation of 60 percent.”

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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