A quarterly eNewsletter covering upper & lower watershed news, events, and funding opportunities for the Tulare Basin.   
March 29, 2017 | Spring Issue
Southern Sierra snowpack | Lodgepole Campgrounds fee booth, March 2017. Photo by Dezaraye B
Buena Vista Lake shrews discovered at Atwell Island Project. Photo by CDFW
California’s Records and Reserves

by Dr. Mohammad Safeeq | Research Scientist, UC Merced, Sierra Nevada Research Institute, UC Water 

The 2012-2016 drought was arguably the worst in memory. In a quick turnaround, the state’s infrastructure is full and water managers are battling with the wettest winter, and possibly year, on record since 1985.
The 2016-2017 October-February statewide precipitation total was 28.5 inches, an extra foot of water covering the entire state. At 180% above average,this year ranked first of 122-year period of record.In the San Joaquin and Tulare Lakeregion, the amount of precipitation was greater than the statewide average, but not enough to break any records. For Tulare, the October-February precipitation total was 15.2 inches, 6.5 inches or 175% above average, and ranked 4th wettest winter in the 122-year period of record.

Just when spring is showing bluer skies, and we have a handle on local flooding, there’s more coming from the mountains. After five years of thin and non-existent snow cover, the CA DWR snow survey data suggests nearly 47 inches of snow water equivalent. That is, there’s nearly four feet of water sitting on top of the Sierras ready to melt and meet us in the valley!

Continue to read in full HERE.
Buena Vista Lake shrews discovered at Atwell Island Project

by Becca Brooke | Associate Field Manager, BLM-Bakersfield 
With support from the Soil, Water, Air Program, BLM California Bakersfield Field Office at the Atwell Island Project has been able to restore and maintain wetland habitat in California’s Central Valley. For the first time, these wetlands were confirmed to provide habitat for the endangered Buena Vista Lake shrew, an exciting discovery!

The photographic evidence was provided through collaboration with California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Shrews were lured to the photo “trap” with dried meal worms and a tea-ball infuser filled with bait.
When Buena Vista Lake shrews were listed as endangered in 2002, the primary cause of decline identified was loss and fragmentation of habitat due to human activities; this makes discovering them at a man-made wetland all the more encouraging. Through the Atwell Island Project, BLM California Bakersfield Field Office is committed to contributing to Buena Vista Lake shrew recovery.

Atwell Island Project Information Sources:

Sierra Snowpack is Biggest in 22 Years
The Kaweah Commonwealth | Feb 2017

Study: Dust Helps Regulate Sierra Nevada Ecosystems
UC Merced | March 2017

Ron Goode on Restoring Cultural Burning
KCET: Tending the Wild | 2017

California's Forest Carbon Plan
Forest Climate Action Team | 2017

The Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program (WIP) 
Restore the Sierra | 2017

Sustainable Groundwater Management Act: An Update for the Central Valley Joint Venture 
Sandi Matsumoto | Feb 2017

Water Stress and a Changing San Joaquin Valley
PPIC & CA Water Institute at Fresno State | March 2017

Levee break floods miles of Tulare County Farmland
Fresno Bee | Feb 2017

Why Floodplains Could Be California's Buffer Against Climate Extremes
Water Deeply | March 2017

Goundwater Banking in the Central Valley
Maven's Notebook | 2013

The Tulare Basin Watershed Connections Workgroup 
(TB WCW) is a collaborative of natural resource managers working together to advance whole watershed planning and resource management in the Tulare Basin based on sound science and mutually identified needs for regional economic and ecological sustainability. 

The TB WCW's scope of work includes:
  • The Upper/Lower Watershed Connection: Education, Planning, and Project Development
  • Sustainable Groundwater and Surface Water
  • Extreme Events and Climate Change Resilience
  • Tribal and Rural Community Outreach and Support
  • Wetland and Wildlife Habitat Protection and Restoration

TB WCW welcomes broad participation from upper and lower watershed land and water managers and planners in the TB WCW meetings and subcommittees. For more information about the work of the TB WCW and how to get involved contact:                                       
Michelle Selmon
Climate Change Specialist | CA Dept of Water Resources
(916) 376-9667
Resources & Announcements

Kings County Association of Governments recruiting for the 2018 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy Stakeholder Advisory Group

KCAG is in the process of establishing the 2018 Regional Transportation Plan / Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS) Stakeholder Advisory Group. We are sincerely requesting the kind assistance from local agency members in recruiting potentially interested parties to apply for the available Stakeholder Advisory Group appointment positions. 

 KCAG is seeking the participation of qualified stakeholders for 2018 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS) Stakeholder Advisory Group Appointment. The goal of the group is to support the KCAG staff and standing committees throughout the 2018 RTP/SCS development process by providing insight and comments on pertinent issues.
Please fill out and submit the appointment form to the attention of Yunsheng Luo, KCAG, 339 W. D Street, Suite B, Lemoore, CA 93245 or  by email at Yunsheng.Luo@co.kings.ca.us  by the end of April.


San Joaquin Valley Gateway

From the SJV Gateway website:

The San Joaquin Valley (SJV) of California is one of the world’s most productive agricultural regions; a center for oil and solar energy production; a vital link in the state’s complex water management system; and remains important for its species diversity and rare habitats.

The San Joaquin Valley Gateway was created to provide a durable, map-based website for institutions and individuals to explore and plan for ecological and economic sustainability in the region, which is faced with numerous challenges from ongoing land use change to climate impacts...

The vision for the gateway is to continue adding to the already rich library of relevant data and information while providing users with specific models and tools to help them explore and interpret increasingly complex sustainability issues of widespread interest and importance to the people of the San Joaquin Valley.

Take a tour of the user friendly SJV Gateway!


DWR Water-Energy Grant Awarded to Proteus, Inc. of Tulare / Kern and Fresno / Kings Counties for their "Billion Gallon Challange" proposals Congratulations! A full list of awards for the DWR Water-Energy Grant Program can be found HERE.
Funding Opportunities
CDFW Prop 1 Restoration Grant Program Solicitation and Public Meeting Notice
Deadline to submit comments is April 21, 2017

Sierra Nevada Conservancy Prop 1 Grant Program Solicitation and Public Meeting Notice
Deadline to submit comments is April 15, 2017

Aetna Foundation: 2017 Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant Program
Deadline: April 14, 2017

NFWF: Acres for America 2017 Request for Proposals
Pre-Proposal Deadline: April 13, 2017  
Invite-Only Full Proposal Deadline: June 29, 2017  

WaterSMART Grants: Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects
Deadline: April 27, 2017

Patagonia Environmental Grants Program
Deadlines: April 30, 2017 & August 31, 2017

NEEF Every Day Capacity Building Grants
Deadline: May 2, 2017

PG&E Resilient Communities Grant Program
Deadline: May 12, 2017

California Fire Safe Council Wildfire Prevention Grants
Deadline: May 12, 2017

National Park Service Rivers and Trails Conservation Grant
Deadline: June 30, 2017

Outdoor Environmental Education Facilities Grant Program
Deadline: September 1, 2017
Legislation Updates
H.R.23 - Gaining Responsibility on Water Act of 2017
Sponsored by Congress Member David Valadao (R-CA)

AB-18 California Clean Water, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018
Authored by Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia

SB-5 California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018
Authored by Speaker Pro Tem Kevin de León 
Upcoming Events
April 11th & May 2nd, 2017

Webinar: Central Valley Landscape Conservation Project: Where we have been, and where we are headed!

April 12, 2017

Water Summit: Building Capacity for Regional Sustainability in California

April 20, 2017
Kern River Valley Bioregions Festival

April 20, 2017

A John Austin Talk: 
Changes in the Tulare Basin Due to Drought, Climate Change, and Groundwater Extraction

April 21, 2017

A Bobby Kamansky Talk: 
Conserving and Enhancing Special Places Great and Small for All Things Great and Small

April 25, 2017

Cultural Fire: A Ron Goode & Ben Kimbler Talk

May 18-19, 2017

Central Valley Landscape Conservation Project Workshop

May 30, 2017

California-Nevada Drought & Climate Outlook Webinar 

Click for full Tulare Basin Watershed calendar of events!
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