Drought Recovery by the end of the year? From the Center for Western Water and Weather Extremes: “Researcher Mike Dettinger has updated his analysis examining the likelihood of the California drought ending by the end of the current water year on Sept 30, 2014. This new analysis utilizes the just released February precipitation totals for California’s climatic divisions as well as best guess estimates for March 2014 precipitation. Visit the CW3E Drought Info Page to see updated projections for all seven of California’s climatic divisions.”
Delta Stewardship Council newsletter now online: The latest edition of the DSC Newsletter includes stories about Improving Food Supplies for Fish, A New Approach to Brown Bag Seminars, The Perils of Over-Pumping Groundwater, Previewing the Implementation Committee, A Valued IEP Colleague Leaves, and more. To view the DSC March 2014 Newsletter, please click here.
Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents on Fresno Irrigation District Temporary Pumping Facility: “The Bureau of Reclamation has released an Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for a temporary pumping facility to introduce water from the Fresno Irrigation District’s Gould Canal into Reclamation’s Friant-Kern Canal. The proposed five-year temporary facility would provide for the exchange of up to 40 cubic feet per second, up to 20,000 acre-feet per year, of Kings River water into the Friant-Kern Canal. The Kings River water delivered into the Friant-Kern Canal is in exchange for SJRRP and CVP water previously banked within the District. The temporary facility would be used to first fully satisfy public health and safety needs, with any remaining water used to meet critical agricultural needs within the CVP’s Friant Division. … ” Read more from the Bureau of Reclamation here: Reclamation Releases Environmental Documents on Fresno Irrigation District Temporary Pumping Facility
Rep. Napolitano Hosts Update on EPA Superfund Cleanup: “On Saturday, March 22, 2014, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano hosted a forum to update local residents on the EPA Superfund site cleanup in Baldwin Park, where groundwater contamination has affected the San Gabriel Basin for over 35 years.“It is critical for Southern California to work together for the health and safety of all,” Napolitano said. “Residents need to be more aware of what is in their water, and we must ensure funding to fight the spread of contamination. We will continue to outreach to cities and regional water entities to identify shovel-ready, drought-proof projects that will create new water and jobs. We must also continue to promote local conservation, recycling, and storage programs as we prepare for future drought cycles.” ... ” Read more from Representative Napolitano’s office here: Rep. Napolitano Hosts Update on EPA Superfund Cleanup
Obama Administration Budget Falls Short on Water Storage, Hydropower, and Long Term Drought Relief: From the House Natural Resources Committee: “Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power held an oversight hearing examining the spending priorities outlined in the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget request for the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), the Power Marketing Administrations (PMAs), and the U.S. Geological Survey’s Water program. The hearing highlighted the importance of charting a roadmap to abundance by calling for the restoration of federal policies that aimed at increasing water and power supplies, and ending recurrent catastrophic drought. …“Despite our continued efforts to bring Reclamation back to its core mission of supplying abundant and reliable water and power supplies, the 2015 budget request appears to be a wish list of programs designed to reduce human consumption, ration shrinking supplies, and resign ourselves to accepting frequent and catastrophic droughts. I doubt anyone here needs a reminder that this is an issue in California that we have dealt with exhaustively, but the reality is, long term solutions can only be found by expanding supply through multi-purpose facilities.” said Subcommittee on Water and Power Chairman Tom McClintock (CA-04). … ” Read more here: Obama Administration Budget Falls Short on Water Storage, Hydropower, and Long Term Drought Relief
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