Category Archives: Blog Round-Up

Bloggers on Delta smelt survival, curtailments, Saracino resignation, twin tunnels aka California Water Fix, Central Valley ag, water numbers, recycled water, suction dredge mining, and more …

Long Beach Aquarium Jan 2013 #53

Q&A on survival of Delta smelt – on and off the air:  The California Water Blog writes, “Fox News correspondent William La Jeunesse recently spoke with Moyle about the survival of the much politicized tiny fish, a federally designated “threatened” species with protections that at times have curbed the flow of water to many cities and farms. The interview resulted […]

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Blog round-up: Phony drought forums, Drought regs and lawns, almonds, the new ‘California Water Fix’, water bond blunders, and more …

Water lilies by Edwademd

Phony drought forums:  Families Protecting the Valley writes, “It’s going to be difficult to find answers to the California drought if the right questions aren’t being asked.  Every time we see a drought forum we know it will be the same old story with the same old answers.  The State agriculture board held their drought forum at the Fresno Fairgrounds […]

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Blog round-up: The Governor’s revised Delta fix, rationing, drought, the righteousness of almonds, water markets, and more, plus California Water Crisis: The Board Game

Water Dance by Kelly Hunter

Governor Brown attempts to justify the $15+ billion construction cost of the Delta tunnels. “Yes, this costs money, but compared to what? A stadium? (Water) is the basis of human existence.”:  Jeff Michael writes, ““Compared to what?” That’s actually a good framework for thinking about the wisdom of investing tens of billions of dollars in the Delta Tunnels.  But the […]

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Blog round-up: Breathtakingly bad CA drought journalism – and even worse, the water rights system, farms and wildlife, top four drought myths, almond siege, food prices, and more …

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Some breathtakingly bad California drought journalism:  John Fleck writes, “I’ve been avoiding wasting time on the “someone’s wrong on the Internet about California drought” genre – so much is being written that is so bad. But Elijah Wolfson’s Newsweek cover story (I won’t link, find it if you must) is so breathtakingly well-researched-and-written-ly bad that I’ll let it stand in […]

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Blog round-up: Managing tough trade-offs in the Delta, More almonds? Make them prove they have water first, Regulating the drought in California: the drawbacks of the bottom-up approach, and more …

water tree by slan monument

Managing tough trade-offs in the Delta:  Jeffrey Mount and Ellen Hanak write, “One key source of conflict over the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta is the competition over who gets to use the water. During droughts, this competition becomes acute, especially when it comes to decisions about how much water flows out to sea versus how much gets exported to cities and […]

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Blog round-up: California’s Game of Thrones: Water; Crap detecting and California water; and Yogi Berra explains the Mono Lake case, plus ag conservation, the BDCP, the water numbers game, water markets, and more …

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California’s Game of Thrones: Water: Dean Florez writes, ” … The politics of warring factions that fill each episode of HBO’s “A Game of Thrones” may have now been revived in reality show fashion as California’s water war saga now unfolds — brought forth by the state’s fourth-driest winter on record, preceded by a nearly water-less 2014.  Water wars are not new […]

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Bloggers on Governor’s executive order, Delta smelt, the tunnels, regulating crops, desalination, drought, and more …

Vaillancourt Fountain, Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco

New Analysis Finds Harm in Gov. Brown’s Drought Order: Suspends CEQA, Abandons Public Rulemaking: “Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build water export Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom sustainable farms, salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today responded to Gov. Brown’s executive order.  “While urban water conservation measures are desperately needed, Governor Brown is […]

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Bloggers on drought, reservoir levels, ag land going out of production, federal water wasters, the Delta tunnels, levees, high speed rail, water hyacinth, trees, fake grass, and more …

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The California drought of 2015: A preview: Jay Lund writes, “This fourth year of drought is severe, but not yet the driest ever. The drought’s impacts are worsened by record heat, which has dried out soils and raised the demands for irrigation, and the historical high levels of California’s population, economy, and agricultural production, and historical low levels of native fish […]

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Bloggers on the drought impacts to farm employment, ag water use, almonds, groundwater, water markets, water rights, water pricing, the Delta smelt, the Delta Levee Investment Strategy, and more …

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New data shows surprisingly small impacts in farm employment: Jeff Michael writes, “While I have a long record of saying that drought impacts on the economy tend to be overblown, even I was surprised by the minimal drought impacts in the data released this morning.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages is the most reliable […]

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Bloggers on drought and water management, State Water Board’s TUCP decision, alarming headlines, fish versus people, Medicine Lake, and more …

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Sao California: David Zetland of Aguanomics weighs in on the California drought:  He writes, “I was speaking to a reporter a few weeks ago about Sao Paolo, Brazil. He wanted my opinion on what would happen in their developing water shortage and how policy might minimize the harm to the millions of people living there.  My response to him (in […]

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