Blog round-up: Bloggers on the drought, BDCP, water storage, Salton Sea restoration and more …

water by Jay PeeplesDrought Watch: It’s the Heat and the Humidity: Jeff Mount writes:”The severity of the current drought is sparking keen interest in seeing how this past water year (October 2013–September 2014)—and more importantly, the past combination of years—ranks in comparison to other droughts. As noted in a PPIC fact sheet, this drought is one of the driest.  What’s more, this drought is so challenging because it has been very warm. Recent summaries from the National Climatic Data Center reveal that the 2014 water year was one of California’s warmest, as the map below indicates. … ”  Read more from the PPIC blog here:  Drought Watch: It’s the Heat and the Humidity

Is The BDCP Doable—Redux, Part 1: Rod Smith writes: “Call me skeptical. After reading the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission’s The Bay Delta Conveyance Facility: Affordability and Financing Considerations, my skepticism metastasized.  The affordability analysis buries the cost of BDCP water—although it creates the opportunity for teachable moments in economics. (Part 1)  In contrast, the discussion of risk and financing considerations must be studied by anyone who has invested or intends to invest a nickel in the BDCP. (Part 2) … ”  Continue reading at the Hydrowonk blog here:  Is the BDCP doable?

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Bechtel-Funded Water Storage Study: Half-Baked; Promotes Destructive Delta Tunnels and Links New Dams to Tunnels:Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom sustainable farms, salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today released their critical responses to a recent UC Davis study of groundwater.  The study promises a new “integrated approach” to evaluating storage projects (surface and groundwater), but fails to deliver on that promise. The study leaves out who depends on which water sources and how much, and what water rights are involved. Yet, it makes the link between new dam projects and Governor Brown’s Delta tunnels project, which would destroy the San Francsico Bay-Delta estuary—the largest estuary on the West Coast of the Americas. … ”  Read more from Restore the Delta here:  Bechtel-Funded Water Storage Study: Half-Baked; Promotes Destructive Delta Tunnels and Links New Dams to Tunnels

Parched lawns and wasted water: Reimagining California’s water infrastructure:  “At next month’s UCLA Anderson Economic Forecast, business and water leaders are meeting to consider the implications for the city’s water supply in light of the drought and projected long-term water shortages. I’ve been invited to share an emerging approach that with investment, could help not only with the immediate drought, but create a substantial part of our long-term water supply.  There are big choices to be made prior to investing billions on infrastructure to help the region meet its urgent water-related needs, adapt to increasing climate threats and strengthen its economy. Instead of deferring to traditional, less sustainable approaches, I will be sharing how captured rainwater could comprise nearly half of LA’s water supply. ... ”  Read more from the Tree People blog here: Parched Lawns and Wasted Water: Reimagining California’s Infrastructure

Water vs. Wildlife Part II: The Delta Smelt and California’s Water Supply:  Jeff Simonetti writes: “The drought gripping the Western United States has changed many things. Up until this year, we never had a zero percent allocation for the State Water Project. The media attention on the subject of water in California, including this week’s 60 Minutes  segment on groundwater in the Central Valley, brings the issues we are facing in this state to the forefront of the general public. Despite these changes, a few things remain certain. Despite the recent rains, in the short-term, there is not enough water to satisfy all the demands of California’s water users.  As such, citizens, business leaders and elected officials have to make the hard choices over which users should get limited water supplies. … ”  Read more from the Hydrowonk blog here:  Water vs. Wildlife Part II: The Delta Smelt and California’s Water Supply

“Tap into a good thing’ to curb bottled water use:  “Two new special fountains have been installed at the Montanoso Recreation Center and Lakeside Promenade to encourage people to “Tap into a Good Thing.” The water fountains – hydration stations – are part of a City campaign designed to educate residents about the safety of public drinking water to decrease the community’s dependence on bottled water and encourage a return to the local tap.  Mission Viejo has joined hundreds of cities across the country in breaking the habit that wastes millions of dollars and damages our precious environment. ... ”  Read more from the Mission Viejo Life blog here:  Tap into a good thing’ to curb bottled water use

Imperial Irrigation District to state of California on Salton Sea restoration: “But you guys promised!”: John Fleck writes: “The Imperial Irrigation District earlier this month threw down a significant marker in the ongoing struggle to deal back overuse of Colorado River water with a petition to the California State Water Resources Control Board demanding action on restoration of the Salton Sea.  The sea’s decline is one of the knock-on effects of efforts to untangle an over-allocation of the river’s water, and it is arguably the most difficult to solve. Everyone’s easy answer to bringing consumption and supply into balance (“easy” being a relative term here) is to move water out from southeastern California ag (primarily Imperial) to the urbanized L.A.-San Diego strip. But the Salton Sea, an accident of history that now lives on ag runoff, will inevitably suffer as a result. ... ”  Read more from the Inkstain blog here:  IID to state of California on Salton Sea restoration: “But you guys promised!”

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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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