Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

DWR shakeup

Veteran water official takes the reins at state agency

Nemeth has been deputy secretary and senior adviser for water policy at the Natural Resources Agency since 2014. JOHN HOWARD / Capitol Weekly

Capitol Weekly

Sacramento Bee & Capitol Weekly

The California Department of Water Resources underwent a management shakeup Wednesday, less than a week after investigators released a scathing report on last February’s crisis at Oroville Dam and how the department handled it. Karla Nemeth, a veteran water official and a ranking member of the Brown administration, was named the new director of DWR. Grant Davis will go back to his old job as general manager of the Sonoma County Water Agency.

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Governor's budget would fund key water projects

Capital Public Radio & Association of California Water Agencies

Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a $190.3 billion overall spending plan Wednesday for the 2018-19 fiscal year that would boost funding for K-12 and higher education, as well as infrastructure and the state’s Rainy Day reserve fund. Brown's proposal continues California's efforts to combat climate change, and establishes the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund.

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‘Atmospheric rivers’ aid the West — and imperil it

High Country News

Atmospheric rivers can cause dangerous deluges, but they also provide up to half the annual precipitation on the West Coast. To make the most of those benefits while reducing risks, researchers are improving forecasts. The knowledge they’re gaining could help reservoir managers stockpile more water for dry periods without sacrificing the safety of downstream communities.

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