By Maria Finn, onEarth Magazine: In an unexpected twist to California’s drought saga, it turns out that beavers, once reviled as a nuisance, could help ease the water woes that sometimes pit the state’s environmentalists and fishermen against its farmers. Click here to view article.
Round Valley and New Forests announced the regulatory approval of the first forest carbon offset project developed on Native American trust land for the California carbon market. Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/02/26/round-valley-first-forest-carbon-offset-project-native-trust-land-california-159386
California Water Commission’s PowerPoint Presentation on the Public Benefits Provided by Groundwater Storage, February 2015.
This week’s Water Plan eNews includes:
- Agency releases draft schedule and guidelines for Prop. 1 grant applications
- Web site changes make it easier to apply for drinking water project funding
- Drought response workshop to be held in Irvine next week
- USGS posts results of study on nation’s groundwater quality
- Independent panel set to focus on water use efficiency in the landscape industry
- Water and climate change sections featured in new California’s Future report
- Roundtable to look at socioeconomic relationship of forests and communities
This report describes Proposition 1, reviews the Governor’s proposals to implement the bond, identifies key implementation principals, and recommends steps for the Legislature to ensure that the bond is implemented effectively.
California Drought: Jerry Brown unveils proposal on how to start spending $7.5 billion water bond – San Jose Mercury News. Click here for article.
Western Confluence includes water-related articles include Irrigation Efficiencies Reduce Return Flows, Measuring Return Flows, and Recharging Aquifers to Sustain Water Supplies.
The 2014 California Extreme Precipitation Symposium was held in June 2014 at UC Davis. The theme for the Symposium was “Estimating Probable Maximum Precipitation in Mountainous Watersheds.” The Symposium proceedings, including presentations and audio, can be found here.
DWR sets initial groundwater basin prioritization; Guidelines posted for $5 million in flood emergency response grants: Click here for full newsletter.
Report identifying groundwater basins with potential water shortages, gaps in groundwater monitoring, monitoring of land subsidence, and agricultural land fallowing. Click here for report. Click here for interactive groundwater map.