Bloggers on the water bond, drought, legislation, habitat restoration and more, plus will conserving water contribute to global warming?

Shark Week LongOne billion difference between the two bond measures, says the Cal Watchdog blog: Wayne Lusvardi writes: “It’s becoming clear the main difference between the four major water bonds being floated is $1 billion.  The $1 billion is the difference between the $3 billion Republicans say is needed for water storage, and the $2 billion in the two Democratic plans. ... ”  Read more from the Cal Watchdog blog here:  $1 billion difference splits bond measures

Support for the water bond:  The PPIC blog writes:  “With the effects of the drought intensifying, the water bond is at the top of the legislature’s to-do list. Unless an agreement is reached on a new version, the $11.1 billion bond built in 2009 will go before voters this November. This year we have seen a range of proposals for a smaller water bond—including one by Governor Brown and one by Senate Republicans that designates more funding for storage than the governor’s. The debate continues. … ”  Read more from the PPIC blog here:  Drought Watch: Support for the Water Bond

With water bond down to the wire, CA Forward endorses Water Fix Coalition framework:  They write: “With days remaining before the final deadline for putting a revised water bond on the November ballot—and with stakeholders on all sides still sharply at odds over the size of the measure and what it should be spent on—it is important to remember what all the fuss is about. Or what it should be about.  This year’s water debate is not just about responding to this year’s drought or making urgent investments in California’s aging infrastructure—though hundreds of thousands of acres of fallowed farmland and 90-year-old water mains bursting in the middle of the state’s biggest cities have certainly helped focus the public’s attention on the subject. ... ”  Read more from CA Forward here: With water bond down to the wire, CA Fwd endorses Water Fix Coalition framework

Boxer-Feinstein water bill stresses conservation, not supply:  Wayne Lusvardi writes: “There are two ways to manage water. One way is to capture more water and store it for dry years. The second way is to keep dividing up existing water supplies.  This second way is pushed in a newly proposed bill, the Water in the 21st Century Act, sponsored by California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, both Democrats; and by Reps. Grace Napolitano, D-CA, and Peter DeFazio, D-Ore. … ”  Read more from the CalWatchdog blog here:  Boxer-Feinsten water bill stresses conservation, not supply

Why habitat restoration isn’t working:  Restore the Delta writes:  “Conventional wisdom says that Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta fisheries have collapsed because of loss of the pre-reclamation mosaic of habitat, so only more habitat will restore them to health.  But in fact, reclamation of Delta islands was completed by the third decade of the 20th century, yet fisheries remained relatively stable until the state and federal export projects became operational and began to export millions of acre feet of water every year.  There is now more habitat in the Delta than there was eighty years ago: almost 223,000 acres of “conservation lands” scattered throughout the Delta, according to The Bay Delta Conservation Plan. The BDCP proposes to create or restore approximately an additional 150,000 acres of aquatic, riparian, and terrestrial habitat in the Delta. The question everyone should be asking is this: Do habitat restoration projects actually benefit native fish species? … ”  Read more from Restore the Delta here:  Delta flows: Why habitat restoration isn’t working

Water psychology: Please lie down on my couch:  Mark Lubell writes:  “Water policy wonks pride themselves on even-handed analysis of the costs and benefits of water policy, as driven by the rational and logical decisions of involved actors. But the psychology of water policy and politics is much more fun. And psychology is heavily involved in real water policy decisions, and should be considered as an important part of the picture.  The recent toxic drinking water event in Toledo, Ohio drives home this point. … ”  Read more from Mark Lubell’s blog at the Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior here:  Water psychology: Please lie down on my couch

The problem with drought:  John Fleck at the Inkstain blog writes:  “I’m increasingly at a loss about how to do useful journalism because of the gap between the technical world I try to understand (risks associated with water contamination, for example, or the problem of drought) and the public reaction to my efforts to provide a nuanced but accurate explanation of the thing at hand.  Mark Lubell at U.C. Davis gave nice voice to my queasiness in a piece this week on, among other things, the public reaction to water contamination in Toledo. He maps nicely maps the issue onto the difficulty of communicating about drought: … ”  Read more from the Inkstain blog here:  The problem with ‘drought’

Toledo’s Toxic Drinking Water – Could It Happen in California?: Kate Poole writes: “It’s enough to make your stomach turn:  thick, gooey, green glop covering portions of Lake Erie and poisoning the drinking water supplies of Toledo and its neighbors. Poor Toledo.  Could never happen here in California, right?  Wrong.  The toxic blue-green algae that poisoned Toledo’s water supply last week and kept residents from using tap water for drinking, cooking, or washing has landed in California and is increasingly threatening waterbodies around the state, including the San Francisco Bay-Delta.  And, instead of addressing the problem, state regulators are proposing steps that may make it worse. ... ”  Read more from the NRDC Switchboard blog here: Toledo’s Toxic Drinking Water – Could It Happen in California?

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Will conserving water contribute to global warming?  Johnathan Zasloff writes:  “All of us (except Republicans and adherents of Movement Conservatism) know that climate change is dangerous for rising temperatures, but also because of its effects on other natural resources.  Most significantly, it is hardly news that increasing and variable temperatures will reduce, for example, the Sierra snow pack and cause greater evaporation, eventually leading to more severe water shortages. One logical implication of this trend is to redouble efforts at water conservation.  But thinking through it just a little means that things get complicated. … ”  Read more from the Legal Planet blog here: Water and Climate Change, Backwards: Will Conserving Water Contribute to Global Warming?

Groundwater takeover would prove costly, says the Cal Watchdog blog:  John Seller writes:  “In 2010, I did some freelance work for Susan Trager, one of California’s top water lawyers. Unfortunately she died in 2011.  Even though I had been writing about California since 1987 and had a general idea of state water policy, until I worked for Susan I had no idea how complex, developed and even rational water policy is.  In California, water rights and use mostly are “adjudicated.” … ”  Read more from the Cal Watchdog blog here:  Groundwater takeover would prove costly

BDCP may get US Govt. help in obtaining a permit to build:  Burt Wilson of the Public Water News Service blog writes: “There are two main issues that are holding up the BDCP from getting a permit to build their disastrous twin tunnels. The first is funding. The water agencies which told us that they could borrow the money to provide the revenue stream to the Department of Water Resources to issue revenue bonds is not panning out. The water agencies–especially the seven who agreed to fund the tunnels–are now afraid the water will be too costly and cut into their profits. They had a snowball’s chance in hell of pulling it off anyway. ... ”  Read more from Burt Wilson at the Public Water News Service blog here:  BDCP may get US Govt. help in obtaining a permit to build

Stanislaus County geologist discusses groundwater, part 2:  Eric Caine’s interview continues:  “Valley Citizen: Could you explain “mass balance” in layman’s terms?  Dr. Ferriz: Mass balance is a fancy word to say that what comes in has to be the same as what goes out, plus/minus changes in storage. Imagine that the groundwater basin is like two stacked warehouses. Each warehouse is half full at the beginning of the summer, so there is space where new merchandise (e.g., bottled water) can be stored. The top warehouse is supplied by a local provider, who collects rainwater and bottles it, so during rainy years a lot of water is available and in dry years the supply becomes lower. Because it is a local source, the water can be sold cheap, and most people buy it as a good deal. The warehouse itself replenishes itself for just two or three months a year, and then works through its inventory for the rest of the year. … ”  Read more from the Valley Citizen blog here: County Geologist on Foothills Groundwater: Part II  (Note:  Part 1 is here.)

Why should taxpayers subsidize water miners?: Eric Caine writes: “In California, water has been “for fighting” since the founding of the state. That’s why it’s noteworthy when people agree on anything about it. But recently, there’s unanimity on one water fact statewide: Without surface water, nut farming in the foothills of the eastern San Joaquin Valley is not sustainable.  Why then are orchards going in faster than anyone can calculate? Even in the midst of today’s King Hell drought, Big Ag is ripping new orchard ground on Stanislaus County’s east side. ... ”  Read more from the Valley Citizen blog here:  Why should taxpayers subsidize water miners

Restoring Mill Creek by removing invasive species:  Emma at the Mono Lake Committee writes: “As many of you know, one of the Mono Lake Committee’s central missions is restoration. This tenet of our work involves many components and projects, ranging from working with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power on the Mono Basin Stream Restoration Agreement to removing invasive plant species along Mono Lake’s tributary streams. This summer, we have been focusing our restoration field days on Mill Creek.  … ”  Read more from the Mono-Logue here:  Restoring Mill Creek by removing invasive species

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