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    Dec 03 2013

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    Blog round-up: Bloggers on the BDCP: conveyance alternatives, urban to ag subsidies, responses to Jerry Meral, dam goats and more

    water artThe Bay Delta Conservation Plan had bloggers talking last week, even with the Thanksgiving holiday. Here's what they had to say:

    Delta Dialogues talk conveyance alternatives and criteria for a successful project: The Delta Conservancy's Delta Dialogues process continued in November:  “Delta Dialogues participants, gathered at a hunting club on the Rindge Tract outside Stockton, spent their November session doing some hunting of their own, seeking deeper understanding of alternative conveyances and listing their own criteria for BDCP and other Delta plans.  It was the third straight Delta Dialogues meeting to involve detailed examination of “Multiple Intake Scenarios,” with the diverse group of stakeholders looking at possibilities that might include an intake on the Western Delta and alterations to the BDCP’s proposed intakes in the north of the Delta on the Sacramento River. Some participants also held a phone meeting Nov. 6 to examine aspects of a Western intake, including the impact on the Delta smelt.  … ”  Read more from the Delta Dialogues here: Getting Our Ducks in a Row

    The BDCP and rumors of an urban subsidy for agriculture:  The Valley Economy blog tackles the rumor:  “Recently, I have heard Mark Cowin and other state and local water agency officials repeatedly state that there will be no urban to agricultural subsidies for water supplies from the twin tunnels.  They have dismissed the notion as a “rumor”.  How do these rumors get started?  Why won't they go away?  Look no further than the latest pro-tunnel propaganda from the Bay Delta Conservation Plan blog,  “Mature Choices for a Mature State.” ... ”  Continue reading at the Valley Economy blog here:  Is the Bay Delta Conservation Plan Blog Proposing an Urban Subsidy of Agricultural Users in BDCP?

    Restore the Delta responds to Jerry Meral's presentation in Redding:  “It is always interesting to watch Deputy Resources Secretary Dr. Jerry Meral work an audience.  He has the most affable and persuasive way of making the most questionable assertions.  And he can say “You’re right” to a questioner, then effortlessly frame what the questioner said in a way that may not actually agree at all.  Dr. Meral’s November 18 presentation to the Redding City Council, a region he referred to there as “Superior California,” provides an interesting example of his rhetorical skills.  It also gives us an opportunity to point out some of the most egregious misrepresentations in BDCP messaging. … ”  Read more from Restore the Delta here:  Delta Flows: November 26, 2013

    And Robert Pyke responds to Jerry Meral:  “Response to the off-the-wall comments on Delta levees and earthquakes that were part of a presentation by Dr. Jerry Meral, Under Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency, on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan at a special meeting of the Redding City Council held on November 18, 2013. … ”  Read Robert Pyke's comments here:  Jerry Meral on earthquakes – RMP response (2)

    What will California do if the State Water Project allocation doesn't increase substantially?  ” … There are a few main reasons why it looks like 2014 will continue to face water challenges. First, we rely on Mother Nature to provide us with replenished water resources, and the forecasts show that she likely will not be cooperative. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that this winter will be dryer than usual in parts of the Southwest and Southeast (Please see the graphic below). This is particularly challenging for California because we receive the vast majority of the year’s rainfall in the winter. We receive on average approximately 70% of our rainfall for the year in December and January, and approximately 90% of our rainfall between November and March. A dry winter could have lasting implications on the state’s water resources for the rest of the year. … ”  Read more from Jeff Simonetti at the Hydrowonk blog here:  What Will California do if the Initial State Water Project Allocation does not Increase Substantially?

    The need for developers to find long-term sources of water for projects drives bidding war:  The Valley Citizen blog writes: ” … Since 2001, developers must declare a long-term water source prior to building. Before that, once the houses were up, water had to be delivered. As recently as 2008, courts began ordering dozens of building projects be put on hold until they could find water sources.  The outcome of the need to declare water sources has been more pressure to take  water from agriculture and the environment. The plan to build two huge tunnels to convey water south from the San Joaquin Delta, backed by water districts in southern California and the southern San Joaquin Valley, emphasizes the volume of water the tunnels can carry, with little regard for how much water is needed up north. … ”  Read more from the Valley Citizen blog here;  Next Up: The Great Water Auction

    Check out the top ten largest wastewater treatment plants in this slideshow from Engineering News Record:  The Top Ten Largest Wastewater Treatment Plants

    And lastly … What's that on the side of that dam?  Check out these dam goats who will surely amaze you:  What An Amazing Dam. Wait… What’s That? Are Those…? No Way!  

    Photo credit:  Photo by flickr photographer Mikael Miettinen.

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