Blog round-up: Correcting the curriculum, hyacinth invasion, Delta reps lacking in panel discussion, farm water and business, MWD and Cadiz, and more!

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Restore the Delta corrects errors in curriculum:  Californians are getting educated on basic California water issues through the media or interest groups, and Restore the Delta would like to correct some errors in the curriculum, such as:  ” … The Delta is NOT a giant bathtub waiting to fill at the first seismic event, depriving two-thirds of the state of freshwater for years; earthquakes in other parts of the state are a more serious threat to the reliable delivery of water.  All the important agriculture in the state is NOT in the southern San Joaquin Valley. The Delta and Northern California are also important agricultural regions, and they will become more important as climate change causes the already-arid southern San Joaquin Valley to heat up. … ”  Read more from Restore the Delta here:  Delta Flows: October 17, 2013

Water hyacinth – so bad you can see it from space:  Alex Brietler has the stunning shots on his blog.  The invasive plant is so prevalent this year, ships were forced to stop nighttime travel because the ship’s radar could not distinguish between hyacinth and dry land.  Egads!  Check out the pictures here:  Water hyacinth, seen from space  What can be done about it?  Alex shares some ideas here:  Hyacinth hunter

Debate about the Delta lacked anyone from the Delta, says the Central Valley Business Times:  A recent panel discussion organized by the Commonwealth Club of California included David Hayes, Jay Lund, Kip Lipper and Bettina Boxall, but no Delta representative.  However, Delta advocates asked several questions of the panelists.  More from the Central Valley Business Times, including video of the event, here:  Commonwealth Club debates the Delta — without any Delta representatives

New video highlights how lack of farm water affects businesses:  The California Farm Water Coalition has a new video on their website that portrays how reliant Central Valley businesses are on a healthy farm economy:  ” … The short video includes business owners and community leaders from Firebaugh in western Fresno County explaining what happens when farmers are forced to cut back on their planted acreage when water deliveries are reduced.  “When there is water flow, business is great,” says LaVonne Allen, owner of The Farmer’s Daughter restaurant. “The last year I’m probably down 25-30 percent on my business because a lot of people are unemployed. When water and agriculture hurts out here, it hurts everybody.” … ”  Read more from the California Farm Water Coalition here:  Farm Water and the Business Crisis

Why is Metropolitan not going for the Cadiz project?  If there’s an aquifer the size of Lake Mead under the Cadiz project, then Metropolitan ought to be after it, so why not?  Burt Wilson of the Public Water News Service speculates:  ” … Let’s stop right here for a moment because there is more here than meets the eye. We must ask, why isn’t the MWD moving to use water from the Cadiz aquifer? After all, it’s like having an emergency bank of water as big as Lake Mead! Could it be that the MWD doesn’t want us to know about this aquifer because it would lessen the strength of their demand for the twin tunnels and more northern California water? Sounds like it, doesn’t it, and it fits in nicely with historic methods used by Los Angeles water agencies to stage frequent forays to grab northern California water. … ”  (Hmmm … Maven thinks this might have something to do with it … )  Read more from Burt Wilson at the Public Water News Service here:  Why is the MWD mum on a big aquifer in the Mojave?

In other Cadiz news, by the way, one of three lawsuits against the Cadiz project has been dismissed.  More here:  Third lawsuit challenging Cadiz water project dismissed

A 1958 argument for dams in the Colorado River:  The Inkstain blog digs it up here:  The Cold Water dam gap

Can California learn a thing or two about drought from Kansas?  Kansas has been experiencing drought conditions for the past three years, constricting agriculture production and raising feed prices with the effects rippling through the economy.  However, the state has been very proactive in addressing the situation:  ” … Politics has played a key role in moving forward legislation to address the drought issues. Governor Sam Brownback helped to pass a series of laws over the past few years designed to help farmers conserve water in the lean years. The Economist wrote an interesting article in its September 28th print edition on this subject.  In the article, it quoted three pieces of seminal legislation to help farmers conserve water during drought years. … ”  More from Hydrowonk blogger Jeff Simonetti here:  Can other states learn from the steps that Kansas is taking to reduce the impact of water shortages?

Show me the money – or not:  Aguanomics charts out your non-revenue water and asks if it gives a clear explanation.  Check it out here:  Where’s your water — and your money?

And lastly … Wondering if you should ask a question at a seminar?  Check out this flow chart to help you decide …

Photo credit:  “Water can be art” by flickr photographer Jose Carlos Norte

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