Daily Digest: News and commentary for November 14: SF Bay wetlands restoration, desal, and more

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Daily DigestIn the news today …

  • 50 year plan for SF Bay tidal marsh restoration to be released today“A 50-year recovery plan for San Francisco Bay and other coastal wetlands is being released Thursday by federal wildlife officials who say it would be the biggest tidal marsh recovery effort outside of the Florida Everglades.  The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service said its $1.24 billion plan for the Bay and a patchwork of other tidal marshes in northern and central California covers wetlands projects along 500 miles of the state’s 1,100-mile coastline.  The plan focuses on providing scientific research and recommendations meant to save 17 struggling species of plants and animals, including the endangered California clapper rail, that are in sharp decline. … ” Read more from the San Diego U-T here:  Feds unveil 50-year SF Bay wetlands restoration
  • Coastal Commission puts off Huntington desal decision: “The California Coastal Commission voted Wednesday to delay a decision on allowing one of the two biggest desalination plants in the Western Hemisphere as the company looking to build it withdrew its application while it does further study on how the proposed $900 million project would operate.  The unanimous vote came after an all-day hearing in front of hundreds of people where environmentalists voicing concerns over the effects on sea life faced off with Californians worried about securing a future water supply over the Huntington Beach plant that would procure 50 million gallons of drinking water a day. … ”  Read more from The Republic here:  California coastal board delays vote on huge plant that would turn ocean water into tap   Coverage from the LA Times here: Coastal panel delays action on Huntington Beach desalination plant

  • Climate change jeopardizing trout“In the mountain streams of the American West, the trout rules. People don’t just catch this fish; they honor it. And spend lots of money pursuing it.  But some western trout may be in trouble. Rivers and streams are getting warmer and there’s often less water in them. Scientists suspect a changing climate is threatening this iconic fish.  I joined two such scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey as they drove up a mountain road in Montana, in the northern Rockies, a place dense with stands of Douglas fir and aspen trees and braided with mountain streams. ... ” Read more from Valley Public Radio here: As Climate Warms American West, Iconic Trout In Jeopardy

In commentary today …

  • Urban water users should be cut back to a 10% allocation, says the Western Farm Press blog:  Bottom line:  ” … Until urban water users such as the Metropolitan Water District, the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and Clark County, Nevada have to make due with 10 percent or less of their water allocations, as California agriculture has repeatedly been forced to do, nothing will change. People will continue to talk; governors will order reports written, articles will continue to be published on California’s water woes, more wells will go dry and food production will decline.”  Read  more from the Western Farm Press blog here: Water conservation: It’s not just for agriculture
  • Manteca Bulletin’s statement “Twin Tunnels would eliminate 87 percent of the farmland in San Joaquin County” is a Delta Doozy, says State Water Contractors:  ” … The fact is that San Joaquin County has roughly 700,000 acres of farmland, according to the county’s Agriculture Commissioner reports. BDCP construction will impact about 6,000 acres of agriculture—across ALL counties. Even if every one of those 6,000 acres were in San Joaquin County, which they aren’t, that would still equate to less than one percent of the county’s farmland. … ”  Read more here:  SWC Delta Doozy
  • Los Angeles is not a sin, says Joe Mathews:  All this hoopla about the Los Angeles Aqueduct has a sinful tone, he says:  ” … The biggest currents in the flood of commentary are these: that the aqueduct is a singular, only-in-L.A. engineering accomplishment; that it was responsible for the creation of the city; and that it was the city’s original sin, committed by a few powerful people who held L.A. in their sway. All of this new commentary is seasoned with the spice of self-congratulation over finally having a conversation about water after 100 years of supposedly ignoring it.  It’s not just that all of this is wrong. (Has there ever been a time when L.A. wasn’t talking about water?) It’s that it all reeks of the disease that might be called “Los Angeles exceptionalism,” the notion that this is a place different from all the rest, as if skullduggery or deception or imported water makes L.A. unique. … ”  Read more from Zocalo Public Square: Los Angeles Is Not a Sin
  • BDCP is worth the investment for the Inland Empire, says commentary:  Paul Granillo of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership writes: ” … A solid business case is emerging to ensure that the supply from the Sierra is as dependable in the future as it has been in the past. The emerging solution is a major investment. State and federal officials, via an effort known as the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, want to construct new water intakes in the northern Delta so that sufficient supplies can be safely captured. New twin tunnels would transport the water about 30 miles to the existing aqueduct systems. Widescale habitat restoration would help to revive fish populations.  The scale of the proposal is on par with the problem. Investments like this come at a cost. The best estimate is that a typical monthly residential bill in the Inland Empire would increase about $5 over several years. … ”  Read more from the The Sun here:  Water — making the right investments for the Inland Empire: Guest commentary

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