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Honoring two key people for their work:

Man behind the snow pack survey set to retire

Year in and year out, Californians have become accustomed to the man in the snow. Frank Gehrke has walked through a Sierra meadow during the past 30 years to educate the public about the snow pack. Now, he is retiring. Click here to read more.


UCLA Scientist honored by DWR for Large Storm Forecasting Efforts in Conjunction with NASA

UCLA Scientist Dr. Bin Guan is the Department of Water Resources (DWR) 2018 Climate Science Service Award honoree for his tool that identifies atmospheric rivers in weather models. Click on here to read more.


CRS Report: Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act: Bureau of Reclamation and California Water Provisions

From – This report discusses selected provisions enacted under Subtitle J of the WIIN Act. It provides background and context related to selected drought- and water-related provisions, summarizes the changes authorized in the WIIN Act, and discusses issues and questions that Congress may consider. (more)

Let it flow: In about-face, state breaks and shifts levees to restore natural floodplains

From CALmatters – At the confluence of the San Joaquin and Tuolumne rivers, a winter of heavy rains could inundate about 1,200 acres of riverside woodland for the first time in 60 years. That’s by design: Here, a few miles west of Modesto, work crews removed or broke several miles of levee last spring and replanted the land with tens of thousands of native sapling trees and shrubs. “We are very eager to see what happens when there is some overbank flooding here,” said Julie Rentner, executive vice president of River Partners, a habitat restoration group that is directing the project, known as the Dos Rios Ranch Preserve. The work, much of it conducted by the California Conservation Corps, comes as the state overhauls its approach toward flood control, with a growing emphasis on reconnecting floodplains to rivers so they can absorb floodwaters. This shift in methodology marks a U-turn from past reliance on levees to protect cities and towns. (more)

Federal Agencies Advance Rural Water Infrastructure for Multi-Benefits in the Sacramento Valley

From – “Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke joined water leaders in the Sacramento Valley this week to help advance water supply reliability and multi-benefit water management in the region. This included a focus on the Maxwell Water Intertie described below—a project to help provide water management flexibility for the region.  The Maxwell Water Intertie will increase the efficiency and reliability of water management in the western Sacramento Valley by adding to and improving existing water infrastructure to facilitate greater flexibility in water conveyance, which would increase the drought resistance of rural communities and support the region’s agricultural economy. Importantly, the project will help serve water for multiple benefits in the Sacramento Valley, including water for the mosaic of farms, birds, fish, and recreation. … ”  Read more from the Northern California Water Association blog here:  Federal Agencies Advance Rural Water Infrastructure for Multi-Benefits in the Sacramento Valley

California Water Leaders Offer Recommendations for Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom

From EDF (Environmental Defense Fund) – Water Stories – A friend complaining about her skyrocketing water bill. Parents worried about bathing their children in water known to be carcinogenic. Witnessing young salmon once again flourish on seasonal rice fields. These are just a few of the water stories that colleagues and I, representing a range of sectors within the Central Valley and coastal region of California, shared in a new report that provides recommendations for incoming Gov. Gavin Newsom to create a healthier and more resilient water future for the state. (more)


Feather River Levee project estimated at $77 million

From – “The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin advertising for bids on a Feather River West Levee construction project estimated at $77 million.  According to a staff report published earlier this year by the Central Valley Flood Protection Board, the project would make improvements to approximately 4.9 miles of levee. At the upstream end, the project will tie into the Star Bend setback levee near Tudor Road. At the downstream end, the project will tie into the cutoff wall constructed for the Laurel Avenue Repair Project near Cypress Avenue. … ” Read more from the Appeal Democrat here.


Live Updates: Evacuations Ordered, Roads Closed In California As Flooding Rain Arrives

From Accuweather – Heavy rain and mountain snow is spreading across California and will bring the risk of flooding, mudslides and travel delays into Friday. Measurable rain is expected in the state’s largest cities, including in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Sacramento. Mandatory evacuations have already been issued for people living near the Holy Fire burn scar due to the potential for flooding and mudslides, while those in Malibu near the Woolsey Fire burn scar have been put on alert for potential evacuation. (more)


Sites Reservoir Project To Receive A $449 Million Construction Grant On The Heels Of A Multi-Million-Dollar California State Grant Last Summer

From Manteca Ripon Bulletin – The Sites Project is being situated on the west side of the Sacramento Valley, some 10 miles west of the rural town of Maxwell in historic Colusa County.  The region has long been considered ideal for off-stream water storage since the 1980s in a proposal that has been widely supported by area community leaders, residents and state water managers and agencies from the Bay Area to Southern California. (more)

Flood Safety Information For Wildfire Survivors, Sacramento Residents

From ABC10 Connect – Wednesday’s forecast of rain might bring some much-needed relief to fire-swept areas of California, but it also raises concerns of flooding for both wildfire victims and residents in and around Sacramento. Areas ravaged by wildfires are vulnerable to flooding and dangerous mudslides. Without trees, plants, and brush which help soak up water, rainwater slides off slick, ash-covered soil. This water then rushes down hillsides, capturing anything in its path. Walls of moving water and debris can sweep away an entire house. (more)

Storms in forecast result in flash flood watch, special weather statement –


Briefing Kit From PPIC Covers 13 Water Management Issues Facing California

From Water Plan eNews – The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) has published a briefing kit covering the state’s most pressing water management issues. California’s Water has the latest research on climate change, managing droughts, preparing for floods, and ten other challenges that will need to be addressed with new policies. The report was funded by a variety of agencies, foundations, and organizations from throughout California. (more)