News Worth Noting: New info sheet on Delta water diversions from the State Water Contractors, Latest PPIC poll shows support for water bond, Delta Levee Investment Strategy Issue Paper, State of the Sierra Nevada’s Forests report, DWR’s funding recommendations for drought projects
Delta Water Diversions: Unmeasured and Unmanaged: The State Water Contractors has issued a new info sheet on water diversions in advance of today’s workshop on the subject: “Landowners in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta) divert as much water as the State Water Project (SWP) provides for all of Southern California—with both regions diverting approximately 4 percent of the supply from the broader Delta watershed. However, while SWP operations are highly managed and restricted, few Delta landowners physically measure their monthly water use. … ” Continue reading from the State Water Contractors here: Delta Water Diversions: Unmeasured. Unmanaged.
New PPIC Poll shows support for water bond: ” … As Californians cope with a severe drought, they will vote on Proposition 1, a $7.5 billion water bond to pay for water quality, supply, treatment, and storage projects. When read the measure’s ballot title and label, 58 percent of likely voters say they would vote yes, 29 percent would vote no, and 14 percent are undecided. Majorities of Democrats (68%) and independents (59%) support Proposition 1. Republicans are more likely to vote yes (44%) than no (36%). Majorities across regions favor the bond, with support highest in the San Francisco Bay Area (64%) and Inland Empire (62%), followed by the Central Valley (55%), Los Angeles (55%), and Orange/San Diego (51%). Half of likely voters (51%) say the outcome of Proposition 1 is very important to them. Underscoring their concern about water, 72 percent of likely voters say the supply of water is a big problem in their part of California—up 11 points in just two months (61% July). … “The state water bond is supported by a 2–1 margin,” said Mark Baldassare, PPIC president and CEO. “More and more Californians perceive the drought as the top state issue and their region’s water supply as a big problem.” … ” Read the full press release here: Brown Holds Big Lead—Majorities Support Water Bond, Measure to Ease Crime Penalties
Delta Levee Investment Strategy Issue Paper now online and available for public comment: “The Delta Levee Investment Strategy Issue Paper is designed as a backgrounder for the Council as it works with State and local agencies and stakeholders to create a comprehensive strategy that will update Delta Plan policies and State investment priorities for Delta levee operations, maintenance, and improvements. Public comment on the Issue Paper will be accepted through Monday, October 27, 2014. Comments can be sent via this email address: DLIScomments@deltacouncil.ca.gov. Comments will also be accepted during the Council’s regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, September 25, 2014.” To review the Issue Paper, go here: Delta Levee Investment Strategy Issue Paper
State of the Sierra Nevada’s Forests Report: Failure to understand the urgency of the situation in the Sierra Nevada will have devastating impacts on California’s environment and economy: “There is a growing understanding that many Sierra Nevada forests are not healthy and that overgrown forests are susceptible to disease and intense wildfire. There is likewise broad consensus that science-based ecological restoration of our Sierra Nevada forests must be dramatically increased in order stem the tide of large, uncharacteristic wildfires. These wildfires threaten the very lifeblood of California – – the forested watersheds of the Sierra Nevada. The State of Sierra Nevada Forests Report identifies the wide range of benefits provided by our Sierra Nevada forests and watersheds that are at risk: The Region is the origin of 60% of California’s developed water supply; These watersheds are the primary source of fresh water flowing into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California’s water “hub”; … ” Read more here: State of the Sierra Nevada’s Forests Report
DWR Opens Comment Period on Funding Recommendations for Proposed Projects to Alleviate Drought Impacts: “The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced its recommendations to award $200 million in grants to 23 Integrated Regional Water Management Groups (RWMGs) for at least 110 projects and programs that will help alleviate drought conditions and improve regional drought preparedness. DWR recommends fully funding 18 RWMG proposals and partially funding five. Funding will be through the Proposition 84 program, a $5.4 billion general obligation bonds measure approved by voters in 2006, which authorized $1 billion in funding for IRWM, including $900 million that provided dedicated allocations of funding to 11 hydrologic regions in California. … ” Read more from the Department of Water Resources here: DWR Drought Funding Recommendations Press Release
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