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News Release: Reclamation selects nearly $2 million in Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Grants

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The Bureau of Reclamation announced today the selection of approximately $2 million in Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency grants for Fiscal Year 2018. Combined with local cost-share contributions, approximately $4 million in water management improvement projects will be implemented during the next 24 months.

Source: California Water News feed

Source: Water Industry News

Trump administration promises teamwork — not more money — to reduce fire risk

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Trump administration officials unveiled a new plan Thursday to reduce the risk of forest fires, acknowledging “the urgent need to dramatically increase preventative forest treatment” that can keep fires from burning out of control. The plan, which emphasizes state and local collaboration, was short on details, however.

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Source: California Water News feed

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Final push for a water deal

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California Resources Secretary John Laird is making a final attempt to negotiate a deal with major water users to voluntarily reduce use before a separate agency imposes regulations. Remind me: In July, the State Water Resources Control Board proposed dedicating much more water from the San Joaquin River and its tributaries to the environment and less to farms, industry, and individuals. A vote was set for Wednesday.

Source: California Water News feed

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Carr Fire smoke taking a toll on Shasta County’s fly-fishing tourism

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Mid-August. That’s usually when the rainbow and steelhead trout are biting, and fishing guide Steven Fry is jumping. Last year, Fry — who escorts clients on fishing excursions for The Fly Shop fly-fishing company — was typically booked at least five days a week, leading small groups to the lower Sacramento River.

Source: California Water News feed

Source: Water Industry News

Colorado River states dodge shortage declaration for another year

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Despite another dry winter on the Colorado River, Lake Mead and the millions of people who rely on it will avoid a water shortage for at least one more year. According to new projections from the Bureau of Reclamation, there will be just enough water in the reservoir east of Las Vegas at the end of 2018 to stave off a first-ever federal shortage declaration that would trigger mandatory cuts in Nevada and Arizona.

Source: California Water News feed

Source: Water Industry News