Daily Digest, early edition: Tuolomne Community’s only source of water may go dry by summers end and more …

Daily DigestIn California water news today, Tuolumne community’s only source of water may go dry by summer’s end; UC research orchard in trouble; How San Diego is solving its water shortage problems; Arizona town near Grand Canyon runs short on water; Federal government failed to inspect higher risk oil wells, and tired rhetoric undermines the hard work of Central Valley growers, says the Executive Director of the  Water Association of Kern County

In the news today …

  • Tuolumne Community’s Only Source Of Water May Go Dry By Summer’s End:  People in Twain Harte in Tuolumne County are trying to cut their water use by 50 percent. The town’s only source of water may go dry before the end of summer.  Twain Harte is home to 1,600 people who depend on Lyons Reservoir for their water. … ”  Read more from Capital Public Radio here: Tuolumne Community’s Only Source Of Water May Go Dry By Summer’s End
  • UC research orchard in trouble:  “There is a 100-acre outside laboratory outside of Arbuckle, where the test subjects are trees and the end goal is to create a hardier, more bountiful crop.  It’s the research orchard for the University of Californian Cooperative Extension in Sutter and Yuba counties, and in this drought year, it’s in trouble. … ”  More from the Appeal-Democrat here:  UC research orchard in trouble
  • How San Diego is solving its water shortage problems: “The residents of California’s second largest city will soon tap the world’s largest body of water for their needs.  The San Diego County Water Authority sees its new desalination plant in Carlsbad as a reliable source of water at a known and controllable cost, in sharp contrast to relying on water that might be provided by the proposed Delta water tunnels, pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown and the Los Angeles Metropolitan Water District.  The San Diego County Water Authority is spending $1 billion to build the desalinization plant to tap the limitless waters of the Pacific Ocean. It’s expected to be on line in 2016, well before the first shovel is turned to dig the governor’s tunnels. … ”  Read more from the Central Valley Business Times here:  How San Diego is solving its water shortage problems
  • Arizona town near Grand Canyon runs short on water:  “In the northern Arizona city of Williams, restaurant patrons don’t automatically get a glass of water anymore. Residents caught watering lawns or washing cars with potable water can be fined. Businesses are hauling water from outside town to fill swimming pools, and building permits have been put on hold because there isn’t enough water to accommodate development.  … ”  Read more from the San Jose Mercury News here:  Arizona town near Grand Canyon runs low on water
  • Federal government failed to inspect higher risk oil wells: The government has failed to inspect thousands of oil and gas wells it considers potentially high risks for water contamination and other environmental damage, congressional investigators say.  The report, obtained by The Associated Press before its public release, highlights substantial gaps in oversight by the agency that manages oil and gas development on federal and Indian lands. … ”  Read more from U-T San Diego here: Fed govt failed to inspect higher risk oil wells

Plenty more news and commentary in the weekend Daily Digest …

In commentary today …

  • Tired rhetoric undermines the hard work of Central Valley growers, says the Executive Director of the  Water Association of Kern County:  “So writer Froma Harrop rides around in a truck with Lois Henry for a day to see Kern County farming and has concluded that we plant way too many crops here (“Even in drought, there are fortunes to be made,” May 6).  “What gives is a byzantine system of allocating water to a farming empire built where it shouldn’t be — in a desert. In Louisiana and Mississippi, water for cotton falls from the heavens. Under these dry skies it comes from engineers,” she wrote.  Yes, and engineers also gave you the computer you typed that story on — you didn’t build it at home I imagine — but I digress. … ”  Continue reading this commentary at the Bakersfield Californian here:  Tired rhetoric undermines the hard work of Central Valley growers
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  • Blogleser

    Hi,
    nice picture of water from switzerland! 😉
    I grew up a bit north of Switzerland in Germany.

    With the following informations i want to help fight the drought in the USA and elsewhere, with the help of the intelligent use of nature and certain plants. The time frame is rapid till long term.

    At first for the quite rapid solution there are the following tropicals plants of which i found only for the first a source to order such a plant. This plants can probably be established to a sufficient size within four months. But for sure they need to be watered during this short period of time. After that they will grow on their own.

    Centrosema Pubescens (Today Centrosema molle)
    Eupatorium odoratum (Chromolaena odorata)
    Eupatorium maximiliana
    Phaseolus candidus var. Membranaceus (Vigna candida)

    They all are able to gather water out of the humidity of the air. These informations i got from a german text (mid 80s) from which i put a citation below (second citation). The scientist who discovered this astonishing properties of these plants in a plantation in West Java during the dry season in the 1930s was G. F. van der MEULEN (Van der Meulen method), director of a institut for agricultural consulting in the tropics in Den Haag, Netherland. As it is not a scientific text i put another citation of an english article before.

    PIONEER VEGETATION
    – Sowing and planting of pioneer vegetation as precursor of agriculture, horticulture and forestry (see the so-called method of v.d. Meulen.)

    The Centrosema Pubescens is capable of attracting the humidity of the surrounding athmosphere with its leaves, and to depose this in the soil. Dry air, as given in the deserts, still contains water vapour and receives it also by diffusion processes and through apport of air turbulention.
    The Pueranica Javanica [note from me: also Pueraria phaseoloides, Kudzu or “Mile-a-minute vine” 😉 ] is very good together with aforenamed plant. In between, one will sow Mimosa Invisa in rows mixed with the ever-green Centrosema, as it is very inflammable after drying.
    http://www.oocities.org/parlstgrac/vegetation.htm

    “The companion planting, 2-4 months before the harvest of the crop, serves the on time placement of the living ground cover for the subsequent drought period. Depending on the main crop the subsequent crop will be another one. It is good to know that the quite important pioneer plant Mimosa invisa, as well as Pueraria javanica, will lose its leaves during drought period, and therefore only an evergreen addition by Centrosema pubescens, Eupatorium odoratum [note from the author: Chromolaena odorata or siam weed] or also Eupatorium maximiliana (shrubby and water gathering), Phaseolus candidus var. Mambranaceus [note from the author: Vigna candida] (climbing, water gathering) or Crotolaria paulina (very useful) and Boehmeria caudata (a bush, which survive even a wild fire) will offer fire protection during drought period.”

    From here:
    DER INTELLIGENTE KULTURDJUNGEL (The intelligent jungel of culture)
    http://www.peak-oil-forum.de/daten_altes_forum/peak_threadview.php?int_threadid=7322

    I posted these informations in the mid of february under the following article of the Blog of the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources,University of California, but it wasn’t published (it is the comment no. 2). I don’t know why not.

    Drought survival sessions scheduled for locations around the state
    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:12 PM
    http://ucanr.edu/?blogpost=12686&blogasset=60503

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