First Peoples and Water: Water Resource Issues for Native Americans – AWRA

For thousands of years American Indians lived in equilibrium on traditional lands, adapting to seasons and landscapes. This issue of Water Resources IMPACT highlights the benefits and importance of incorporating the knowledge and concerns of First Peoples into water resources planning. The feature articles range from a discussion of the traditional knowledge First Peoples can offer water managers today, to the fact that many tribes still have not had their water rights completely quantified, leaving them without a legally secure source of water. All of the authors affirm that authentically engaging and collaborating with native peoples is good for the tribes and good for water managers. Click here for Water Resources IMPACT Issue.

Joint Agency Symposium on Governor’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals – 8/5/15

This symposium will discuss strategies to secure and enhance carbon storage on natural and working lands, including farms, rangelands, forests and wetlands throughout California. Topics include protecting and managing land to minimize greenhouse gas emissions and increase carbon sequestration rates and opportunities to develop synergies that promote resource stewardship and contribute to greenhouse gas emission reductions in other sectors. Click here for meeting notice and details.

California Water Plan ENEWS – 7/29/15

This week’s Water Plan eNews includes:

  • Greenhouse gas reduction goals to be discussed at day-long seminar
  • Newsletter offers funding details for communities with contaminated water supplies
  • Meet the authors of new water sustainability book next week in Berkeley
  • DWR releases discussion paper for report on groundwater replenishment
  • Advisory committee set to meet on CWC’s Water Storage Investment Program
  • Latest edition of AWRA magazine provides insight on Native American water issues
  • A trio of fact sheets provides a glimpse of how water is used in California

California Water Plan ENEWS – 7/22/15

This week’s Water Plan eNews includes:

  • South Coast region groundwater chapter posted, webinar on tap next week
  • Groundwater basin boundary regulations available online for public review
  • DWR releases 2015 guidebook for agricultural water management plans
  • Water commission sets three public hearings on Water Storage Investment Program
  • Truckee, Watsonville, and Sacramento are next on the state funding fair schedule
  • Santee chosen as site for next meeting of potable reuse advisory group

Climate Change Symposium – August 24-25, 2015

Climate Change Science Symposium is the premier forum for the sharing of cutting-edge research addressing the impacts of climate change on the state. This research informs the state’s strategies and policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to develop programs to safeguard California from a changing climate. California Climate Change Symposium 2015 is convened by the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Symposium will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center.

California Water Plan ENEWS – 7/8/15

This week’s Water Plan eNews includes:

  • Water technology summit sessions available on webcast this Friday
  • Water commission to hear details on basin boundary emergency regulations
  • Water Storage Investment Program working session set for July 16
  • Report on hydraulic fracturing in California to be released tomorrow
  • AWRA webinar applies integrated water resource planning to forests
  • Western governors outline policy on water resource management
  • Mountain counties make special delivery to State Capitol offices

Sierra Nevada Conservancy Releases Prop 1 Grant Program

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy has launched their Proposition 1 Grant Program for Fiscal Years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017. The information for the program is now available on the Sierra Nevada Conservancy Web site (see their grants page) at  The first deadline for application submission is Tuesday, September 1, 2015. This grant cycle will award up to $10 million to projects that improve forest health, consistent with Proposition 1, the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program and statutory authority.