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Central Valley Flood Protection Board October 12th Tour

CVFPB (Board Members and staff) visited a variety of sites last Friday. The tour began with a visit to the West Sacramento Southport Levee Project, then the tour group traveled south into the valley to see two large multi-benefit flood and habitat restoration sites (Dos Rios and Three Amigos), and ended in Lathrop with presentations on Mossdale Basin and Brookside-Delta Front, and a site visit to Mossdale Basin. (Pictures below)

The New Bullards Bar Dam is Fortifying for Heavier Rainfall

Audio from Yale Climate Connections. The Yuba River snakes through Northern California, draining water that runs off the Sierra Nevada mountains. During droughts, the river’s flow slows dramatically. But in wet years, the river is prone to dangerous floods. Aikens: “And that’s why storage on the West Coast in terms of reservoirs is so important.” That’s Curt Aikens of the Yuba Water Agency. In the 1960s, the agency built the New Bullards Bar Dam. (more)

Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Water Infrastructure Bill

From Engineering News Record. – Congress has approved major water infrastructure legislation that authorizes $3.7 billion for new Army Corps of Engineers civil-works projects and $4.4 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency drinking-water program. But those authorizations still would require annual appropriations before the Corps and local water agencies can let construction contracts. Final congressional approval for the America’s Water Infrastructure Act came on Oct. 10, when the Senate passed the measure by an overwhelming 99-1 vote. The water legislation now goes to President Trump for his signature. (more)

Watershed University – You’re invited to Rocky Creek Post-Wildfire Debris Flooding in Big Sur… (Oct 16, 2018)

Event to be held at the following time and date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (PDT)

This presentation is a first-hand account of the post-wildfire flooding assessments that took place along Palo Colorado Road in January and February of 2017. Key points will be presented on the site constraints and the process that an agency must go through for federal funding approval following a disaster declaration. (Click Here for the Invitation)

DWR releases Stormwater Targets for Groundwater Recharge and Direct Use in Urban California for public review; webinar – 10/18

From – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has released a public review draft of Stormwater Targets for Groundwater Recharge and Direct Use in Urban California as required by California Water Code. Stormwater targets are required by water conservation legislation enacted in 2009 (Senate Bill X7-7, California Water Code [CWC] Section 10608.50 (b)) that directs DWR in consultation with State Water Resources Control Board Water Board and with public input, to propose new statewide targets, or review and update existing statewide targets, for regional water resources management practices, including infiltration and direct use of urban stormwater runoff. A public comment period on the Draft is open through October 31st, 2018. You may submit all comments to (more)

Bureau of Reclamation Selects Four Projects to Receive $2.3 Million to Improve Water Efficiency in Central California

Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman announced that Reclamation has selected four projects in Central California to receive a total of $2.3 million through WaterSMART water and energy efficiency grants. Projects are part of a $26.5 million announcement of water and energy efficiency grants from the U.S. Department of the Interior that focus on projects that improve water management in the West.(more)


How Do Natural Hazards Cascade to Cause Disasters?

Opinion, from Nature, International Journal of Science – Risk assessments should be expanded to consider cascading hazards. Otherwise, we cannot plan for the scale and nature of upcoming disasters. Researchers must find answers to these questions: how will climate change alter the risk of disastrous domino effects? What are the implications for the built environment? And what mitigation and adaptation measures are needed to cope with more severe interlinked disasters? (more)

Preparing for the Costliest Weather Disaster in the US: How to Stay Safe Before, During, and After a Flood

With the recent hurricane and flooding in the Carolinas, this information AccuWeather is providing is helpful and timely as California’s rainy season approaches. October is California Flood Preparedness Month, with October 20-26 designated as Flood Preparedness Week.

From AccuWeather – Floods may not inspire as much fascination and terror as hurricanes and tornadoes, but they can be just as devastating and cause destruction on a more massive scale. Knowing what to do before, during and after a flood can save your life and help minimize the damages to property. “Floods are the most common and costly disasters we see in the U.S.,” said Rafael Lemaitre, director of public affairs for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). (more)

New Platform Offers Resources and Engagement Tools for California Water Agencies and Communities

Website provides a one-stop shop for information on the state’s landmark Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Sept. 18, 2018) Maven’s Notebook, in partnership with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and Stanford’s Program on Water in the West (WitW), launched a new website today at to provide a central hub of science-based information related to California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). The Groundwater Exchange is a free, collaborative online platform designed to connect water managers, water users and community members with tools and resources to support successful implementation of SGMA. (more)

You are invited to a Watershed University Lunchtime Event – Rivers in the Sky

Event to be held at the following time and date:

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 from

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

California has no mighty rivers like the Mississippi, but rivers of a different kind can flood the state. In winter 2017, more than a meter of precipitation fell in some places, unleashing floods, triggering landslides, and causing evacuation of 200,000 people. It’s all because of atmospheric rivers: long, narrow ribbons of water vapor rushing across the sky.

Speaker: F. Martin Ralph, Ph.D.Director, Center for Western Weather and Water ExtremesResearch, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA

Click Here to view the Invitation