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Proposal Solicitation Open Recreational Trails and Greenways Grant Program

August 20 through October 11, 2019

The California Natural Resources Agency will be accepting proposals for the Recreational Trails and Greenways Grant Program from August 20 through October 11, 2019 via the System for Online Application Review (SOAR). $27.7 million in awards will be funded by this program. Applicants submitting the most competitive proposals will be invited to participate in the next level of the competitive process, anticipated for mid-late December 2019. Projects must be completed by March 2024 (Project completion based on current appropriation information). (more)

Cache Creek flood solution top priority for Woodland council

From The Daily Democrat – Flood solutions in the past have called for a levee or “flood wall,” capable of holding back rising waters from a 100- or 200-year flood event, something so rare it could occur only once every 100- to 200 years. The problem is where the diverted water would go. In 2004, farmers were fearful any levee would hold the water back, leaving it on their land. They wanted a solution that would effectively channel floodwaters into the Yolo Bypass. Woodland is now working with engineers and the Army Corps to prepare a plan that would do that, although it is still in the formative stages. The cost of any final solution is expected to be in the millions of dollars, not including the actual design of a structure along with the preparation of state- and federal studies. (more)

Learn How USACE Can Support Emergency Action Plan Table Top Exercises

Webinar Invitation from Watershed University

Sept. 24, 2019, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Speaker: Steven Diaz, Deputy Director, USACE Readiness Support Center

Whether you are well versed in Emergency Action Planning, or have never heard of an Emergency Action Plan, this webinar will introduce you to the ways the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) can help communities develop an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) Table Top Exercise. The webinar will provide an overview of an Emergency Action Plan Tabletop Exercise, including the modeling scenarios, videos and multimedia products that USACE uses to support these exercises and the participating communities. (more)

State seeks comment on its Water Resilience Portfolio

From AgAlert In a new effort to balance California’s water needs, Gov. Gavin Newsom has directed state agencies to prepare a water plan known as the California Water Resilience Portfolio that includes “a comprehensive strategy to build a climate-resilient water system.” The portfolio features a broad approach that addresses safe drinking water, flood risks, depleted groundwater aquifers, water supply uncertainty for agriculture, and native fish populations faced with extinction. State agencies have been taking public comment on the portfolio at meetings around the state. (more)

A giant warm-water mass—similar to ‘the blob’—could wreak havoc on West Coast marine life

From SFGATE You might remember the blob. Not the 1958 sci-fi movie, but the giant mass of warm water that formed in the Pacific Ocean in 2013 and continued to spread until 2015. It wreaked havoc on the West Coast marine ecosystem and dampened salmon runs. Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have identified another expanse of warm water and say this marine heatwave could rival the blob. The impact on sea life could be devastating. Ocean surface temperature maps show the warm mass stretching from Alaska to California. It currently “ranks as the second-largest marine heatwave in terms of area in the northern Pacific Ocean in the last 40 years, after ‘the Blob,'” according to NOAA. “It’s on a trajectory to be as strong as the prior event,” Andrew Leising, a research scientist at NOAA Fisheries’ Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, Calif., said in a statement. “Already, on its own, it is one of the most significant events that we’ve seen.” (more)

Legislature Approves Sen. Dodd’s Plan to Improve Water Management

From the Office of Senator Bill Dodd The Legislature has approved a proposal from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that would help the state manage its water, protecting the precious resource for people and the environment. “Stream gages provide important information in this era of droughts and flooding, driven in part by climate change,” Sen. Dodd said. “This bill is an important step toward managing our water for the long run. You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” California has one of the nation’s most complex water systems, moving millions of gallons across the state from north to south and east to west. The state’s 39 million residents and $47 billion farming industry – along with diverse wildlife from the Sierra to the sea – rely on that water. Yet there is little data about how much water is coursing through streams at any given time. Only 54 percent of the state’s 3,600 stream gages have been active in recent times. And even fewer provide rich, real-time reporting needed to manage this precious resource.  (more)

Woodland banking surplus winter water for use during summer

From The Daily Democrat Aquifer recovery system stores water from those ‘rainy days’. Woodland is sitting atop what is essentially an underground reservoir containing millions of gallons of freshwater. And for much of the past three years, the city has been banking excess water during the winter months to use during the summer when it isn’t allowed to make withdrawals from the Sacramento River. The funnels for depositing all that water are placed in John Ferns, Christiansen and Freeman parks throughout the city with the possibility of two more scheduled for construction in the future. Known as the Aquifer Storage and Recovery Program, the wells and pumping stations were planned part and parcel with the Woodland-Davis Surface Water Project that started drawing Sacramento River water about three years ago so the cities would no longer have to rely on contaminated well water. (more)

‘First time I’ve ever sold an island’: Agent lands Delta deal worth $1.195 million

From the San Louis Obispo Tribune An entire Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta island is for sale for $1.195 million. The Isleton island is nine-acres and has a working marina. Tony Wood of KW Commercial is the listing agent for the nine-acre island near Isleton, about one hour south of Sacramento. “We are in the process of selling the property to a new owner,” he said Thursday while meeting on the island with the buyers to discuss operations and closing escrow. The small channel island near the large Brannan Island can be found about one hour south of Sacramento in the Delta’s fresh-water Seven Mile Slough, in Sacramento County. The marina and resort have been in operation for more than 60 years. (more)

Water Education Foundation: 2019 Water Summit Being Held In Sacramento – Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot To Keynote Oct. 30 Event

As major deadlines loom in California for the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and voluntary settlement agreements involving rivers that lead to the Delta, the theme for this year’s summit is Water Year 2020: A Year of Reckoning. Beyond these regulatory updates, water managers and stakeholders are dealing with a “new normal” as unprecedented episodes of drought, flooding and wildfire challenge the status quo and demand improved approaches. This year’s theme reflects the upcoming transitions, as well as ongoing efforts to improve water management and policy. (more)

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation awards MCWRA $179,021.53 grant

From Mountain Counties Water Resources Association The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced more than $3.5 million in grants to restore forests and watersheds impacted by wildfires within the Eldorado and Lassen National Forests, and targeted instream improvements for salmon and steelhead within the Klamath, Shasta-Trinity and Six Rivers National Forests in northern California. The grants will leverage more than $1.3 million in matching contributions for a total conservation impact of $4.9 million. The projects were awarded through the Northern California Forests and Watersheds grant program, a partnership between the Eldorado and Lassen National Forests, the Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region and NFWF. (more)

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Greg Harvey has been selected as the Board’s Plan Implementation and Compliance Branch Chief, effective July 1, 2019. Greg has over 18 years of experience in the engineering field and has been with the Board since 2017. Since that time, Greg has played an active role in the coordination with key agencies for the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan Update, managed multiple flood system improvement projects, and acted as PIC Branch Supervisor for nine months. Congratulations, Greg!