Daily Digest, early edition: San Joaquin River tops list of endangered rivers, Complaint over American River flows and more, plus Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee on webcast at 8:30am

Daily DigestIn California water news today, San Joaquin River tops list of endangered rivers; Complaint alleges American River flows too slow, warm in Sacramento area; Use of graywater catching on; Drought preparations continue in the Klamath and Trinity River regions despite recent rains; Napa Valley aquifer slowly recharging; EBMUD delays rationing decision until April 22

On webcast today …

In the news today …

  • San Joaquin River tops list of endangered rivers: The San Joaquin River is America’s most endangered waterway this year, says the national advocacy group American Rivers, known for annually picking the country’s 10 most troubled rivers.  The San Joaquin’s water is spread too thin among farmers, hydroelectric projects and other uses on the mainstem and three tributaries, the Merced, Stanislaus and Tuolumne rivers, the group announced Wednesday in Washington, D.C. … ”  Read more from the Fresno Bee here: San Joaquin tops list of endangered rivers in America (video)
  • Complaint alleges American River flows too slow, warm in Sacramento area:  “The federal government’s operation of Folsom and Nimbus dams is harming fall-run Chinook salmon and steelhead in the American River, several environmental and fishing groups allege in a complaint filed this week with the state.  The groups are urging the State Water Resources Control Board to amend the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s permits to require colder and faster river flows from the two dams. ... ”  Read more from the Sacramento Bee here: Complaint alleges American River flows too slow, warm in Sacramento area
  • Use of graywater catching on:  Laundry water need not be discarded, reporter Molly Peterson says: “That water contains soap, maybe some bacteria, hair or lint, but it’s good enough to water outdoor plants. Laundry water is the most common type of what’s known as graywater — basically any used household water that doesn’t flow through toilets and kitchen sinks. In most homes, including mine, it disappears down the drain.  People who have lived through California drought before remember the old bucket-in-the-shower trick – a way to save lightly used water for your plants. Graywater plumbing systems can do this better. But while California had the first law on the books permitting home water recycling, homeowners have been slow to adopt it. … ”  Read more from the California Report here:  Use of Graywater Catching On as Drought Continues
  • Drought preparations continue in the Klamath and Trinity River regions despite recent rains:  “Communities in the Klamath-Trinity region are moving ahead with emergency drought plans despite the recent rains that sent much-needed water into local streams and reservoirs.  Trinity Lake is holding 1,263,380 acre feet of water – around 52 percent of its total capacity – up by 5 percent from where it was just a month ago.  Lonnie Danel, Willow Creek Community Services District (WCCSD) manager, said reservoir levels across California are improving.  “The only thing we’re lacking now is snowpack in the Sierras, but in our watershed we don’t rely on snowpack much,” Danel said. … ”  Read more from the Two Rivers Tribune here: Local Drought Preparations Continue Despite Recent Rains
  • Napa Valley aquifer slowly recharging:  “Groundwater beneath the floor of the Napa Valley is in relatively good shape despite the years-long drought in California, but how it’s faring in the hillsides is tougher to decipher.  A committee formed in 2008 to study, monitor and make recommendations about Napa County’s groundwater supplies delivered its final report to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. … ”  Read more from the Napa Valley Register here:  Water report: Napa Valley aquifer is slowly recharging
  • EBMUD delays rationing decision until April 22:  “Helped a little by late-season rains, the East Bay’s largest water supplier will wait until April 22 to decide whether to ration or impose other water restrictions.  The water supply outlook was so dreary during dry January and February that the East Bay Municipal Utility District was considering moving up its big decision to April 8, two weeks earlier than usual for drought years. … ”  Read more from the San Jose Mercury News here:  EBMUD delays rationing decision until April 22

Special infographic feature …

  • Water_ratios_slice1-300x192Rationing the Rain: How California Distributes Its Water in Dry Times:Distributing enough water to everyone has never been an easy task in perennially thirsty California. But making sure that residents, farms and the environment are all sufficiently hydrated becomes a particularly difficult balancing act during prolonged periods of drought. Simply put, there’s just not enough to go around. Cartoon journalist Andy Warner — whose last piece focused on California agriculture — explains the complicated math of water distribution in the Golden State.”  View the infographic (or slideshow) at KQED here: Rationing the Rain: How California Distributes Its Water in Dry Times

weatherPrecipitation watch …

  • From the National Weather Service:Well above normal temperatures expected the next few days. The upper low will track through southern California Friday and Saturday with a potential for some showers and/or thunderstorms over the mountains, especially the Sierra Nevada.”

Also on Maven’s Notebook today …

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About the Daily Digest: The Daily Digest is a collection of selected news articles, commentaries and editorials appearing in the mainstream press. Items are generally selected to follow the focus of the Notebook blog. The Daily Digest is published every weekday with a weekend edition posting on Sundays.

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