Blog round-up: Turn on the pumps to save the smelt … ?, the BDCP, water pirates, water bond and more …

water rubiks cubeTurn on the pumps to save the smelt, say Families Protecting the Valley:  They write: “We've never been fans of environmental science when it comes to the Delta Smelt.  Sure, the enviros have used their sloppy science to take water from farmers in the Valley, but they've never been able to defend their sloppy science in a court of law.  As farmers we never thought we'd have to become marine biologists, but we find ourselves trying to figure out what's really going on with the Delta because no matter how much Central Valley water goes to help the smelt, the worse the smelt seem to get.  How can this be? So, we were very interested when one of our readers sent us a radio interview from Food Chain Radio with Dr. Mary Winfrey, identified only as a retired government research scientist, who has her own theories about the smelt.  … ”  Read more from Families Protecting the Valley here:  Turn on the pumps

BDCP Blog:  Refinements Warrant Additional Public Review: Richard Stapler writes: “In our continued efforts to maintain transparency throughout our planning processes, an announcement about a pending recirculation of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan was made earlier this week. We intend to meet the goals and objectives of the Plan by continually looking for practical, effective and responsible ways to make it better.  We will be recirculating the plan and the environmental documents in order to daylight refinements, generated in part by public comment, as well as by our own internal review and evaluation of comments. Details of those refinements and other areas for recirculation is under development and should be available in six to eight weeks.  In regard to the EPA letter, their findings particularly as it relates to habitat restoration seem to contradict what appears to be a rare point of scientific consensus on actions to take in the Delta – that habitat restoration is vital. An independent report from the Public Policy Institute of California entitled Stress Relief: Prescriptions for a Healthier Delta Ecosystem made that very clear:” (Note: This is full text of blog post, sourced from here.)

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Uncle Sam helping to kill the BDCP:  Michael Fitzgerald writes: “Uncle Sam helped harpoon to near-death the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan, says Bill Jennings of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance.  As I blogged yesterday (see item, below), public comment rained heavy blows on the destructive plan to two 35-mile long tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to divert Sacramento River water to desert farms down south. … ”  Read more from Michael Fitzgerald's blog at the Stockton Record here:  Jennings: Uncle Sam helping kill BDCP

Why the BDCP is dead now: Burt Wilson writes: “Last week, after I pronounced the BDCP as dead in the water–a most appropriate term–some people questioned whether I was premature in my assessment. I didn't think so and further events have proven that, ding-dong, the  BDCP really is dead! Gov. Brown is on life support. I have been battling government agencies for over 40 years and have observed that when they are really doing something wrong, they don't go out with a bang, but with a whimper. Like old soldiers, they just fade away. ... ”  Read more from Burt Wilson and the Public Water News Service here:  Why the BDCP is dead now

In the California drought, water pirates are now an actual thing:  Max Goldberg writes:  “Following up from my previous post about the future of water in California, which focused on the positives that we can achieve as residents in trying to solve the California drought, here’s a post about one of the shameful negative that’s starting to become more common as California dries out: “Water pirates”. An amazing article in yesterday’s Politico by Ann Louise Bardach entitled “Lifestyles of the Rich and Parched: How the Golden State’s 1 percenters are avoiding the drought” almost made me vomit on my laptop.  Put simply, rich people in rich cities like Montecito, CA are taking the groundwater from poor people in poor cities like Carpenteria. And when I say “rich,” I mean very rich. … ”  Read more from Max Goldberg's blog here:  In the California drought, water pirates are now an actual thing

Experts say drought did not cause Napa quake:  Wayne Lusvardi writes: “Natural disasters predictably bring up speculation about causes. On radio shows, callers have been wondering whether the ongoing drought or fracking caused the 6.0 Richter scale South Napa Earthquake on Aug. 24.  It’s true that, just before the quake, scientists reported that a loss of 63 trillion gallons (with a “t”) of water due to drought had lifted the earth’s crust in California one-sixth of an inch. So what's going on? … ”  Read more from the Cal Watchdog blog here:  Experts say drought did not cause Napa quake

A water bond to protect the environment and the economy:  Doug Obegi writes: “Virtually all of California – 99.8 percent – is in severe drought. The toxic blue-green algae that shut down Toledo’s drinking water supply earlier this month is thriving in Stockton’s waterways, thanks to warm, stagnant water and low river flows. Many farmers and cities across the state are struggling with low water supplies.  And salmon and other native fish populations are crashing. These serious problems require serious solutions. And those solutions shouldn’t be held hostage over funding for the state’s ill-conceived, $25 billion twin tunnels proposal, incongruously named the “Bay Delta Conservation Plan” or the BDCP. … ”  Read more from the NRDC Switchboard blog here: A water bond to protect the environment and the economy

Photo credit:  Water rubiks cube by flickr photographer J. S. Clark

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About the Blog Round-up: The Blog Round-up is a weekly journey through the wild and varied tapestry of blog commentary, incorporating the good, the bad, the ugly, and sometimes just plain bizarre viewpoints existing on the internet.  Viewpoints expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily my own; inclusion of items here does not imply my endorsement of their positions. Items are chosen to express a wide range of viewpoints, and are added at the editor’s discretion. While posts with obvious factual errors are excluded, please note that no attempt is made on my part to verify or fact check the information bloggers present, so caveat emptor – let the buyer beware.

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