Daily Digest: Lawsuit filed to stop transfers, State Water Board to push discussion of curtailment of senior water rights back to July 1, State turns to tech for help, Researchers say unusual fish catches signal large-scale El Nino and much more …

Daily DigestIn California water news today, environmental lawsuit filed to stop water transfer package; State Water Board to push discussion of curtailment of senior water rights back to July 1; Drought Outlook: ‘Disastrous Consequences’ if 2015 Is Dry; Drought-ravaged California turns to tech for help; Long summer of citrus removal begins in California; Unusual fish catches off the coast of San Diego signal large-scale El Nino, researchers say; Patterson Irrigation District to face water crisis by state’s proposed curtailments; Drought pushes American Canyon’s water budget into the red; Gilroy: Wildlife workers rescue trapped trout from drought-stricken creek; Clovis:  Bees attracted to water park in drought; Bakersfield: Drought, dust, and wind equal dirty air; Pumping required as Castaic Lake levels keep dropping; Claremont City Council approves ballot measure for water revenue bond; and lastly … Water woes force big brewers to tighten the tap

In the news today …

  • Environmental lawsuit filed to stop water transfer package: A lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal District Court for the Eastern District of California against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, stating a proposed package of San Luis and Delta Mendota Water Authority transfers require a full environmental impact statement under the National Environmental Policy Act.  Sending water from Northern California to other parts of the state has to stop, at least long enough for an environmental review of the long-term impacts, said Barbara Vlamis of Chico’s AquAlliance. … ”  Read more from the Chico Enterprise-Record here: Environmental lawsuit filed to stop water transfer package  See also: Lawsuit targets Delta shipments, from the Stockton Record
  • State Water Board to push discussion of curtailment of senior water rights back to July 1:  “The State Water Resources Control Board will push back its discussion of curtailing 100-year-old water rights to July 1.  The board planned to bring up the controversial issue at its meeting next week, but apparently its staff needs more time to prepare.  “Our Division of Water Rights has had a number of responsibilities, including issuing curtailment letters to various watersheds, so has been very busy these past several weeks,” Kathie Smith, a spokesperson for the board, explained Wednesday. “We just needed some more time to get language ready for the hearing, so it was rescheduled. These things happen.” … ”  Read more from the Modesto Bee here:  Discussion on 100-year-old water rights delayed until July
  • Drought Outlook: ‘Disastrous Consequences’ if 2015 Is Dry: The assertion in a new report on California’s long-term water woes likely comes as no surprise to most Californians:  “A dry 2015 would have disastrous consequences for agencies and sectors up and down the state.”  That ominous prediction is part of a “drought action report” released this week by the Association of California Water Agencies, whose members manage about 90 percent of Californians’ water. The document attempts to identify key vulnerabilities to the state’s water system and offers recommendations that its authors say could stave off the worst impacts of a protracted drought. ... ”  Read more from KQED Science here: Drought Outlook: ‘Disastrous Consequences’ if 2015 Is Dry
  • Drought-ravaged California turns to tech for help:  “Sometimes it takes a disaster to inspire innovation.  There is a major drought in California. It’s not the first state to face a water shortage recently, and it’s definitely not the first time California has had to battle drought, but it could drag on for a decade and have a significant impact on all Americans who rely on California farms for food.  Residents, the government and the agriculture industry are hoping for some high-tech solutions for a very old problem.  Surprisingly, given its California location, Silicon Valley isn’t a hotbed of drought and water research. … ”  Read more from CNN here: Drought-ravaged California turns to tech for help
  • Long summer of citrus removal begins in California:One California commodity group is meeting the bureaucratic cause of California’s epic drought head-on.  California Citrus Mutual (CCM), a statecitrus association, recently embarked on a bold marketing move that includes efforts to showcase the citrus industry. Approved by CCM directors last fall before California growers ever dreamed that state and federal officials would withhold their entire supply of surface water in the coming year; CCM staff was directed to show the public how citrus growers continue to be efficient users of irrigation water. ... ”  Read more from the Western Farm Press here: Long summer of citrus removal begins in California
  • Unusual fish catches off the coast of San Diego signal large-scale El Nino, researchers say:  “Above-average sea surface temperatures are developing in the tropical Pacific Ocean. The weather phenomenon, called El Niño, changes the heating pattern of the atmosphere and pulls the Pacific jet stream farther south. It has the potential to play havoc on weather systems across the globe, causing heavy rain and mudslides in some areas, drought in others, and disrupting the marine food chain.  Previous strong El Niños caused above-average rainfall and coastal erosion in San Diego. In 1997-1998, the event was credited with dumping 17 inches of rain at Lindbergh Field. ... ”  Read more from KPBS here: Unusual fish catches off the coast of San Diego signal large-scale El Nino, researchers say
  • Patterson Irrigation District to face water crisis by state’s proposed curtailments:Drought conditions have reached a new plateau this year, urging the State Water Resources Control Board to consider declaring a state of emergency at their next board meeting on June 17 and 18. As a result, the State Water Board is considering curtailing senior water rights holders in Sacramento and the San Joaquin Valley River such as Patterson Irrigation District, which could pose problems for over 700 local landowners and growers alike. This would be the first instance in history that such sweeping curtailments occurred to senior rights holders pre-dating 1914 in California, despite a similar drought that took place in 1977. … ” Read more from the Patterson Irrigator here: Patterson Irrigation District to face water crisis by state s proposed curtailments
  • Drought pushes American Canyon’s water budget into the red:Drought conditions are driving the city of American Canyon’s budget into the red.  A $360,000 loss from water operations this year will more than offset a General Fund surplus of $140,000 when the fiscal year ends this month, City Manager Dana Shigley told the City Council last week. The situation is expected to get worse,with a projected $780,000 deficit in water operations next year, she said. … ”  Read more from the Napa Valley Register here: Drought pushes American Canyon’s water budget into the red
  • Gilroy: Wildlife workers rescue trapped trout from drought-stricken creek:  “A rescue operation is underway Wednesday afternoon to catch and save a federally threatened fish stranded in a South Bay creek that’s quickly drying up.  … ”  Read more here: Wildlife Workers Rescue Trapped Trout From Drought Stricken Gilroy Creek
  • Clovis:  Bees attracted to water park in drought:  “There’s some unwanted buzz surrounding a California water park.  Erika Cervantes explains why the problem may be connected to the state’s severe drought.”  Click here to watch the video.
  • Bakersfield: Drought, dust, and wind equal dirty air: Drought? Of course. Dust? Check. Wind? Yep.  Add up those ingredients and you get the kind of lung-clogging, eye-watering air Bakersfield endured for about 12 hours Tuesday and into the early hours of Wednesday. The bad news is that may have been a preview for Summer 2014. … ”  Read more from the Bakersfield Californian here:  Drought, dust, and wind equal dirty air
  • Pumping required as Castaic Lake levels keep dropping:  “The worsening California drought has dropped levels so low in Castaic Lake that water has to be pumped uphill to get it to the treatment plant, officials said Wednesday.  “Below elevation 1,445 feet, we have to pump the water to our Earl Schmidt Filtration Plant for treatment,” said Brian Folsom, engineering and operations manager for Castaic Lake Water Agency.  “The lower the lake level goes, the more energy it takes to pump the water to the treatment plant.” … ”  Read more from the Santa Clarita Signal here: Pumping required as Castaic Lake levels keep dropping
  • Claremont City Council approves ballot measure for water revenue bondA Nov. 4 election ballot measure granting the city the authority to finance a $55 million revenue bond if the acquisition of the Golden State Water Co.’s water system exceeds $80 million has been approved by the City Council.  The measure was unanimously approved at Tuesday night’s meeting. … ”  Read more from the Daily Bulletin here: Claremont City Council approves ballot measure for water revenue bond
  • And lastly … Water woes force big brewers to tighten the tap: “Some of the largest brewers in the U.S. are trying to reduce their water-to-beer ratio as drought and wildfire threaten the watersheds where they draw billions of gallons every year.  No independent group tracks beer-makers’ water usage, but MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch both say they have made reductions. MillerCoors released a sustainability report Wednesday that shows it has cut its water use by 9.2 percent from 2012. ... ”  Read more from the San Jose Mercury News here: Water woes force big brewers to tighten the tap

 In commentary today …

Also on Maven’s Notebook today …

Get the Notebook blog by email and never miss a post!

  • Sign up for daily emails and get all the Notebook’s aggregated and original water news content delivered to your email box by 9AM. Breaking news alerts, too. Sign me up!

—————————————-
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.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
%d bloggers like this: