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Water supplies taking shape

Water supplies taking shape

The reality of the drought was once again felt late yesterday with the news that contract supplies for districts along the Feather River will be 50 percent this year.

Work continues to finalize allocations along the Sacramento River. At this time, it appears the final word will come towards the end of next week. Indications continue to point towards a 25 percent reduction in water supply under the water right settlement contracts, although there are still details that need to be finalized with respect to the Central Valley Project managing water for winter-run Chinook salmon.

Due to the tremendous amount of media we have received, we are realigning our communications efforts for California Rice and Sacramento Valley outreach. We are working to provide information more prospectively instead of reactively. We are coordinating with the Northern California Water Association on this effort.

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Pyrethroid TMDL for 303(d) listed water bodies

Pyrethroid TMDL for 303(d) listed water bodies

Pyrethroid insecticides have been under scrutiny for several years resulting in recent changes to water quality requirements. The changes set monitoring levels for pyrethroids at nanograms in surface waters. Consistent exceedances of the levels could result in additional restrictions to pyrethroid use, or designate a drain as impaired with future restoration to correct the water quality. Last year, one of the water quality coalitions had a detection that could be problematic under the new standards.

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