Daily Digest: News and commentary for Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Daily DigestGood morning!  Here’s what’s happening today in the world of California water:

Today on webcast …

  • State Water Board meeting and public hearing on Northern California instream flows for coastal streams: The State Water Board will be holding their regular board meeting this morning beginning at 9AM.  On the regular agenda, an update on efforts to assist disadvantaged communities with their wastewater needs.  Following the regular board meeting, the Board will hold a public hearing on the adoption of a policy to maintain instream flows in Northern California coastal streams.  Click here for the agenda.  Click here for the hearing notice.  Click here for the webcast.

Today in the news …

  • BDCP is just a start, says panel:  The Sacramento Metro Chamber brought together business leaders to discuss the state’s water challenges:  ” …  Experts said the state needs extensive — and expensive — changes to its water infrastructure, regulatory system and political environment to solve those problems.  “A lot of people really don’t know a lot about the issue,” noted chamber CEO Roger Niello. But “the impact on the economy cannot be overstated.”  Read more from the Sacramento Business Journal here:  Experts: State’s economy depends on solving water woes
  • Infographic: How the proposed water system will work:  The O.C. Register tucked the article behind the paywall, but not the infographic.  Check it out here:  Proposed water system infographic  Also, the Sacramento Bee’s interactive map of the BDCP has also been updated.  Find it here:  Interactive BDCP Map
  • Nitrogen fertilizer can persist in the environment long after use:  A new study used isotope tracers to track nitrogen-based fertilizers on fields in France.  Here’s what they found:  ” … They found that three decades after the 1982 application, 61% to 65% of the nitrates had been taken up by plants. Much of the rest continued to reside in soil matter (12% to 15%) or was migrating into groundwater (8% to 12%). … ”  Nitrates could continue to leach into groundwater for up to 80 years, according to the article.  More here from the Los Angeles Times:  Nitrate pollution continues for decades after fertilizer use
  • State Water Board approves water rights changes for San Joaquin River Restoration:  Alex Breitler has the news:  ” … The State Water Resources Control Board on Friday announced that it has approved water-rights changes allowing extra flows to be sent down the San Joaquin River. “The water rights changes approved (Friday) allow for the dedication of water released from Friant Dam to the river channel to support fish and wildlife and for that water to then be picked up for other uses farther downstream,” the board reported in a news release. … ”  Read more here from Alex Breitler’s blog:  River restoration update
  • Big infrastructure projects to boost water supplies are an anachronism:  With increasing pressure on limited water sources, water supply projects such as desalination plants and other large water supply boosting projects are being planned:  ” …  The irony is that all this expense and financial risk may not even be necessary.  Water analysts such as Leurig say the persistent impulse to boost supply is an anachronism. Many utilities’ water supply managers believe they need to build new water supply infrastructure because they are using demand forecasts based upon historic use or tied to population growth, or don’t forecast demand at all. … ”  Read more from Ensia here:  Rethinking big water

Have a great day!

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