Blog round-up: What the Republican gubernatorial candidate thinks about the BDCP and more; Jerry Meral on droughts, recessions, and ballot measures, plus tax wars, negative water, drought and desal, and lots more …

It’s an action-packed blog round-up today …

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What the Republican gubernatorial candidate thinks about the BDCP, groundwater and more:  From Alex Brietler’s blog:  “My colleague Roger Phillips interviewed Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly today.  Here’s a transcript of what Donnelly had to say about the drought, endangered fish, and — first of all — the twin tunnels:  “Hate ‘em. Stupid. You’re going to tunnel underneath a wetland? You lost me right there. I think the stability of what you’re going to tunnel through is in severe question. ... ”  Continue reading at Alex Brietler’s blog here: Donnelly: Twin tunnels ‘stupid’

Do droughts and recessions affect voting behavior on ballot measures?  Jerry Meral writes:  “Advocates of a water bond act for the 2014 ballot hope that voters will be more likely to approve the bond act due to this year’s severe drought. Is there evidence in previous votes on water measures that drought makes voters more likely to approve them? How do recessions affect voting on these measures? There have been 30 votes on water measures in the last 100 years. Some occurred during or immediately after dry periods, others during periods of normal or above average rainfall. Some occurred during or immediately after recessions, and others during periods of normal economic activity.  Given the diversity of water measures, and since there are relatively few votes, a qualitative analysis of causality is safest. … ”  Read more from the NHI here:  Do Droughts and Recessions Affect Voting Behavior on Water Measures?

Feds’ bizarre marijuana spite: How Big Ag and water shortage are conspiring against stoners:“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.”  It’s funny how right-wingers always leave out the manure line, isn’t it? But that’s the real quote.  Unfortunately, unlike the tree of liberty, the marijuana bush of freedom will not be allowed refreshment of any kind if the federal government has its way. The Bureau of Reclamation, the agency that manages federal water distribution from its network of waterways and dams, announced last week that no water under their purview could be used for marijuana cultivation. Yes, a state may have foolishly allowed its deluded population into voting to legalize the growing of a plant but there is no reason the federal government has to agree to water it. And they won’t. … ”  Read more from Salon Magazine here: Feds’ bizarre marijuana spite: How Big Ag and water shortage are conspiring against stoners

Ending water wars could spark tax wars, says the Cal Watchdog blog:  “Phil Isenberg wants to end California’s water wars. The member of the Delta Stewardship Council and its past chair wants to connect the cost of water more closely to its users.  According to a report by the California Economic Summit, he points out that the cost of water is about $30 billion a year for the state. And it breaks down to 4 percent from federal spending, 12 percent from state spending and 84 percent from water users. … ”  Read more from the Cal Watchdog blog here: Ending water wars could spark tax wars

You can’t use negative water – the dilemma of water policy planning by projection:  The Inkstain blog writes: “Kyle Mittan had some nice straight talk recently in the Tucson Weekly from the University of Arizona’s Sharon Megdal about Arizona’s projections that it’ll need another million acre feet per year of water by 2060: “A million acre-feet is a lot of water,” she said. “But is that the right number, or is that symbolic of the fact that if communities in the state wish to grow and develop in the ways they’re anticipating now, there’s going to be a need to figure out how to meet the water needs?”  Embedded in the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s 2012 Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study is a lot of questionable data of the following form … ”  Continue reading at the Inkstain blog here:  You can’t use negative water – the dilemma of water policy planning by projection

Why California agriculture needs groundwater management:  “Without access to groundwater, this year’s drought would be truly devastating to farms and cities throughout California. Groundwater is California’s largest source of water storage for drought. However, reduced recharge and growing groundwater use in wetter years threatens to diminish its availability in droughts. This can become a serious threat to California’s agriculture and rural residents.The current drought highlights how much California’s agricultural prosperity depends on groundwater — and agriculture’s growing need for managing it. ... ”  Read more from the California Water Blog here: Why California’s agriculture needs groundwater management

With drought and desalination, proceed with caution, says the NRDC Switchboard blog:  Leila Munroe writes:  “For California, 2013 was the driest calendar year ever recorded across virtually the entire State. On January 17, 2014, Governor Brown proclaimed the drought to be a State of Emergency. While some observers wonder whether the long-term answer to California’s drought lies in the ocean with the promotion of seawater desalination, a White Paper released today by NRDC and nine other organization explains why seawater desalination is generally the least promising option for drought relief. … ”  Read more from the NRDC Switchboard blog here: Proceed With Caution: California’s Drought & Seawater Desalination

Amid drought, a positive development in DC, says John Coleman of ACWA:  He writes:  “With California’s drought showing no sign of letting up, it’s encouraging to see a positive development this week in Washington, D.C.  The U.S. Senate acted May 22 to pass a drought relief bill that stands to provide greatly needed flexibility to combat the devastating effects of drought. The legislation, spearheaded by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein with support from Sen. Barbara Boxer, is a major achievement and a big contribution to the toolbox California water managers will need to get through this very challenging time. ... ”  Read more from ACWA here: Amid Drought, a Positive Development in Washington, D.C.

DWR rushing habitat and dual tunnels construction, says Burt Wilson:  “The EIR/EIS of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan contains the following wordage:  “All habitat restoration projects will have to be tested with the dual tunnels in operation.”  Like all documents written by consultants–who are paid to exploit the good and cover up the bad–the phrase is quite occult in that it provides no explanation of what it means. … ”  Read more from Burt Wilson here:  DWR is rushing habitat and dual tunnels construction

Major Stream Restoration Agreement flowing forward: “The Mono Lake Committee recently completed an innovative Stream Restoration Agreement with the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (DWP) that promises a healthy future for 19 miles of Rush, Lee Vining, Parker, and Walker creeks and certainty about the restoration of their fisheries, streamside forests, birds, and wildlife.  The Agreement, negotiated jointly with California Trout and the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, implements a comprehensive plan for streamflow delivery, monitoring, and adaptive management built on extensive scientific studies over the past 15 years. In short, the Agreement will make the most of the water allocated to the creeks and lake under Los Angeles’ Mono Basin water licenses. … ”  Read more from the Mono-Logue here:  Major Stream Restoration Agreement flowing forward


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