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News Release: State water boards release tenth web-based Performance Report that showcases data storytelling

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The State Water Boards’ 10th annual Performance Report, the result of compiling and synthesizing massive amounts of data from fiscal year 2017-18, tells the ongoing story of water regulation throughout California and makes the information readily accessible for public scrutiny and accountability.

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Source: California Water News feed

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Legal Commentary: California Department of Fish and Wildlife annual CEQA document filing fee increase

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Effective Jan. 1, filing fees imposed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife will increase for all CEQA Notices of Determination. The CDFW is required to adjust the fees annually. The fees are used to defray the agency’s costs related to, among other things, consulting with public agencies, reviewing environmental documents, making mitigation recommendations and developing monitoring programs, according to the agency’s website.

Source: California Water News feed

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Blog: DWR solicits project proposals for grant funding in the Central Valley

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Flooding in recent years provides a reminder of how important it is to invest in California’s flood infrastructure. The Central Valley Tributaries Program provides Proposition 1 funding for multi-benefit flood risk reduction projects on tributaries to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Funded projects will address Central Valley flood risk for urban and small communities, enhance ecosystems, and improve fish and wildlife habitat. The program is currently soliciting grant proposals, which are due February 12, 2019.

Source: California Water News feed

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Sonoma County explores fees to pay for new groundwater management plan

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Thousands of Sonoma County residents who rely on groundwater will likely see new fees on their property tax bill next fall, helping pay for a legally required groundwater regulatory plan. Local agencies governing groundwater resources were created in 2017 following the passage of a landmark California law intended to safeguard the previously unregulated water supply.

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Surfrider report: California coastal management gets high marks, still needs work to face rising sea-level threats

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California has done a better job managing its coastline than most of the other beach states in the country — but needs to improve at planning for the future as sea-level rise threatens homes and infrastructure. The “2018 State of the Beach Report Card” released Thursday by San Clemente-based Surfrider Foundation gave California an “A” grade, while other areas prone to extreme weather and lacking policy to protect the coast earned lower ratings.

Source: California Water News feed

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Water districts were so close to deal. Now, lawsuits will contest ‘water grab.’

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Some water districts would like to keep negotiating with state officials over river flows. But lawsuits replaced settlements as the most likely path forward, the day after a crucial vote in Sacramento approving the “water grab.”

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