Category Archives: Blog Round-Up

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 …

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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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Bloggers on CA’s irrigated acreage and table vegetables and fruits, lies the gov’t tells about the drought, stormwater, conference presentations, Mono Lake, a pipeline to Missouri and more …

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One-third of California’s irrigated acreage grows table vegetables and fruits.  On the Public Record writes, “I got these numbers from the USDA 2014 Agricultural Overview.  I aggregated them willy-nilly and even rounded to make the addition easier.  This is rough; it won’t even add up to 10 million acres.  But the next time someone says ‘California grows HALF! the countries […]

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Bloggers on the drought, waiving environmental rules, levee design and prioritization, almonds, Tulloch Lake, oil drilling and water, Kern County sumps, groundwater management and more …

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The 2015 Drought so far – March 1:  Jay Lund writes, “Droughts are strange, and this one is becoming scarier.  February began with a nice few stormy days, but has since looked like this January – very dry. And so far, the March forecast is not wet.  At the beginning of March, the Northern Sierra (Sacramento Valley) Precipitation Index was […]

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Bloggers on reconciling the desired Delta with the possible, the State Water Board, Sites Reservoir, SWP allocation, groundwater rules, and more …

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21st century Delta: Reconciling the desired with the possible:  Steven Culberson writes, “Estuaries are hard places to understand and even harder to explain. Estuarine scientists, myself included, have struggled to learn how changes in the San Francisco Estuary led to declining fish populations and waning productivity, particularly in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.  We keep searching for what is broken or […]

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Blog round-up: Outdated reservoir rules, Shipping Boston’s snow to CA, Managing in dry years, State Water Board TUCP decision, suction dredge mining, and spiky weather, plus 8 water tricks that will melt your mind …

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A dam waste: Outdated reservoir rules dump water during drought: Juliet Christian-Smith writes, “Last year, California’s drought task force toured the parched state, visiting sites impacted by the record dry conditions. At Lake Mendocino, a reservoir located in the northern part of the state, they saw bathtub rings and beached docks, evidence of drastically reduced water levels. Therefore, it should be […]

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Bloggers on the oil waste in drinking water, State Water Board decisions, BDCP affordability report, rain barrels, Bay Bridge and climate change, water games, and more …

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Who is to blame for oil waste in California’s drinking water?  Briana Mordick writes: “New information from the California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) reveals that decades of poor record-keeping, lax oversight, and – in some cases – outright defiance of the law has allowed oil and gas operators to inject potentially toxic oil and gas wastewater […]

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