Author Archives: Uma Hinman

California Water Plan eNews – 1/3/18

This week’s California Water Plan eNews includes:

  • New draft chapters posted for tomorrow’s Update 2018 workshop
  • Looking at the water reuse legislation coming before Congress this year
  • The benefits of using recycled water for agricultural irrigation
  • COMET webinar will cover uses in the conservation process
  • Smart Growth conference set for next month in San Francisco
  • Climate adaptation forum set for this summer in Sacramento

California Water Plan eNews – 12/13/17

This week’s California Water Plan eNews includes:

  • Workshop for two chapters of Update 2018 set for the first week of the new year
  • Strategic Growth Council awards $34 million in grants for land conservation projects
  • Dozens of watershed restoration projects receive funding from CDFW
  • Science board seeking public comments on two Delta documents
  • Annual water law symposium will focus on California’s infrastructure
  • Water 101 Workshop will include optional bus tour of the Delta

Final Report on the Upper Middle Fork Project – Ceyhan, Ishida, Kavvas, Ohara

The Upper Middle Fork Project (UMF) project pilots coordinated implementation by two of the IRWM Plan signatories. Plumas County and the Sierra Valley Groundwater Management District each manage significant portions of the project area. The Upper Middle Fork project pilots the integration of local water management knowledge, local land and water use authorities, and the best available science to further the capacity to practice sustainable resource stewardship at the regional scale.

The goals of this project are:
1) to investigate climate scenarios and their effect on groundwater storage levels, summer base flows, and flood flows within the Upper Middle Fork watershed;
2) to develop a surface water/groundwater water budget that can be utilized to help coordinate the future management actions of the local organizations on the Upper Middle Fork watershed land/water resources.

The full report can be downloaded here (85 MB).

The project was funded by a Department of Water Resources Proposition 50 Grant.

California Water Plan eNews – 12/6/17

This week’s California Water Plan eNews includes:

  • Sustainable management BMPs will be introduced at three public meetings
  • Conservation board approves $2.6 million in funding for fish and wildlife projects
  • Funding available for watershed project proposals submitted to Reclamation
  • California Water Commission sets two-day meeting for next week in Sacramento
  • Online survey will help identify electricity-saving technologies for California
  • Water federation posts fact sheet on benefits of infrastructure rating system
  • How the Chesapeake Bay watershed is preparing to deal with climate change

California Water Plan eNews – 9/20/17

This week’s California Water Plan eNews includes:

  • Second plenary meeting for Update 2018 is one week away, RSVPs being accepted
  • Flood protection board to hear presentation on System Reoperation Study
  • Extreme water conditions to be discussed at soil and water conservation conference
  • Annual groundwater meeting and conference will get early start with law workshop
  • UC Davis to host summit on California’s riparian ecosystems
  • Proposals being accepted for CDFA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
  • DWR workshops will provide leak detection information for water systems

California Water Plan eNews – 9/13/17

This week’s California Water Plan eNews includes:

  • Water commission agenda includes look at California water infrastructure studies
  • Webinar will explain development of long-term water resources plan
  • Groundwater sustainability plan information available at DWR workshop
  • AGI releases report and videos from regional groundwater resources forum
  • Priorities for California’s water will be discussed during PPIC event in Sacramento
  • Bay Area conference to provide updates on the San Francisco Estuary
  • California invasive plant symposium set for next month in Palm Springs

Forum on Drought Resilience for Small Systems, UC Davis – 9/20/17

UC Davis Policy Institute and The Environmental Justice Coalition for Water (EJCW), is hosting a Forum on Drought Resilience for Small Systems to be held on September 20, 2017, in Sacramento, California, from 9:00AM – 3:00PM.

This forum is the culmination of a two-year process led by UC Davis to understand drought impacts to and responses from small drinking water systems, as well as barriers and solutions to long-term drought and climate resilience.

In addition to hearing preliminary findings from the research teams, attendees at the Forum will discuss and develop policy recommendations that can address barriers to long-term drought and climate change resilience that were identified by small systems through interviews and regional workshops conducted over the past two years.

Small system operators are encouraged to attend.

To register:  Please visit .

If you have any questions please contact Julie Ekstrom (

Will There Be a Water Bond on the 2018 California Ballot?

Article – The Planning Report, August Issue

The Planning Report unpacks the four potential bond measures California voters may face in 2018 to fund new water projects statewide. Brian Jordan, vice president of civil engineering firm Tetra Tech, offers a private-sector perspective on the need facing infrastructure industries. Advocating the ability of a new bond to fill those gaps is Jerry Meral, who built a deep expertise as longtime executive director of the Planning and Conservation League and at the California Department of Water Resources, the California Natural Resources Agency, and the Environmental Defense Fund.

Article may be viewed at this link: Will There Be a Water Bond on the 2018 California Ballot?

Coastal Conservancy Prop 1 Grant Solicitation for Watershed Protection and Restoration Projects

The Conservancy announces a new Proposition 1 Grant Solicitation, applications are due Oct 31, 2017.  Conservancy Proposition 1 grants fund multi-benefit ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects. Priority project types include: water sustainability improvements, anadromous fish habitat enhancement, wetland restoration and urban greening. The grant application has two parts: a cover sheet and a project description.

CA Water Plan eNews – 8/2/17

This week’s California Water Plan eNews includes:

  • Looking at water system consolidation to improve the quality of drinking water
  • Seminar will explore the benefits of using floating islands to treat stormwater
  • Climate change and flood risks in the Central Valley to be discussed during webinar
  • DWR posts last month’s webinar, slides on hydrologic warning systems
  • Water-budget framework plans to be discussed at webinar later this month
  • Traditional ecological knowledge to be shared during environmental roundtable
  • New video explains the balancing act required to meet ecological needs of the Delta
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