For regularly updated news of importance to rural counties, read RCRC's newsletter, The Barbed Wire.

April 18, 2014
Groundwater Workshop Held

On Wednesday, various proposals to strengthen groundwater management throughout the state were presented at workshop in Sacramento.

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April 11, 2014
Drought Operations Plan Released

Late this week, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Bureau) and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) released a multi-state Drought Operations Plan (Plan) for the remainder of 2014.

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April 4, 2014
State Water Board Adopts New Industrial Stormwater Permit

Earlier this week, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) adopted an updated Industrial General Stormwater permit, after months of redrafting and discussions with RCRC and other industry stakeholders.

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March 28, 2014
Senate Budget Subcommittee Considers PILT Funding

On Thursday, Senate Budget Subcommittee Number 4 discussed the monies owed by the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) to 36 counties in the form of Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT).

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March 21, 2014
Second Senate Groundwater Hearing Held this Month

This week, the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee held a legislative hearing on groundwater. The Committee heard from various experts on groundwater challenges, focusing on difficulties and successes in managing the resource.

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March 14, 2014
Assembly Groundwater Hearing Held

On Tuesday, the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee and the Assembly Budget Subcommittee #3 held a joint hearing on management of California’s groundwater resources.

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March 10, 2014
RCRC Officers Advocate in Washington D.C. on Behalf of Rural California Counties

SACRAMENTO, CA – March 10, 2014 – Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) Officers and staff met with Federal policymakers in Washington, D.C. last week to discuss issues impacting California’s rural counties, including the Federal Transportation Funding Program (MAP-21), Federal Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT), the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Critical Habitat Designation, and the reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools program (SRS).

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March 7, 2014
State Water Resources Control Board Proposes Modification to Change Petition

On Monday, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) posted a proposed modification to the previously approved Temporary Urgency Change Petition (TUCP), which can be accessed here.

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February 28, 2014
State PILT Legislation Introduced

Senators Lois Wolk (D-Yolo County) and Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) have introduced Senate Bill 1410, which would appropriate $19 million from the General Fund to pay 36 counties for past due monies owed by the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) for payment-in-lieu of taxes (PILT).

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February 14, 2014
California Provided Two More Years to Meet Prison Reduction Targets

On Monday, a three-member panel of federal judges responded favorably toward California’s ongoing request for additional time to implement the court’s prison population reduction targets.

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