Daily Digest: SWP expects scant deliveries next year, the future of irrigation and fisheries in the West, the coolest view of today’s storm, and more …

Daily DigestIn California water news today,

In the news today …

  • California’s storm: the coolest view you will see today:[At the website] is a depiction of the weather we’re seeing today — actually a visualization of surface winds as derived from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data and rendered in Web developer Cameron Beccario’s “Earth.” … ”  Check it out from KQED here:  California’s storm: the coolest view you will see today
  • Rain brings hopes, fears to drought-dry California:  “A Pacific storm moved into drought-dry California on Tuesday, bringing hopes for much-needed moisture but fears of mudflows on wildfire-scarred hillsides.  Light rain began falling before sunrise, but the heaviest downpours were expected later in the day.  Storm watches were posted for a large swath of the Sierra Nevada, where a huge amount of the state’s water supply is normally stored as snowpack. Significant accumulations were predicted but not enough to be a drought buster. … ”  Read more from ABC News here:  Rain brings hopes, fears to drought-dry California
  • State Water Project expects scant deliveries next year:The State Water Project, which carries runoff from the mountains of Northern California to much of the state, expects to limit annual water deliveries to 10 percent of what is requested in the coming year due to the prolonged drought.  The cutback announced Monday, while not unexpected, is another reminder of California’s precarious water situation and is a blow to both urban water departments and rural irrigation districts that received 5 percent of what they wanted last year — the lowest amount ever doled out by the state. … ”  Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle here:  State Water Project expects scant deliveries next year
  • Drought taking toll on wildlife:  “As Californians look to the sky, fingers crossed for a wet winter, three brutally dry years have already created millions of victims: the animals that depend on meadows, streams and wetlands for survival. From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Daniel Potter of KQED reports on the toll that the drought is taking on California’s wildlife.”  Listen to the radio show here:  Drought taking toll on wildlife
  • Water in the West: The future of irrigation and fisheries:California is experiencing the worst drought in its recorded history, and experts say that much of the West, including Montana and Wyoming, could see similar weather events. So what is being done to conserve water for agriculture and fisheries?  Every spring, John Joyce watches as thousands of gallons of water in the Nowood River rush by his ranch in northern Wyoming. It’s water that eventually moves into the Bighorn, Yellowstone, Missouri and Mississippi rivers before dumping into the Gulf of Mexico. ... ”  Read more from the Casper Star-Tribune here:  Water in the West: The future of irrigation and fisheries
  • New flood insurance law not a cure-all, officials say: Still staggering under $24 billion in debt, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will increase flood-insurance rates up to 18 percent next year for those living in high-risk flood zones, including the Smith Canal area of Stockton.  Add to that a new surcharge and a requirement that FEMA squirrel away more money into a reserve fund, and some residents could be paying up to 37 percent more, an agency representative told local flood-control officials late last month.  … ”  Read more from the Stockton Record here:  New flood insurance law not a cure-all, officials say
  • Talks with water districts to focus on BDCP funding: “A state agency is inviting the public to watch some of its negotiations with water districts over funding for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, including Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed tunnels.  The talks will revolve around amendments to the state Department of Water Resources’ water supply contracts with the 29 public agencies that purchase State Water Project supplies to define the rights and obligations of those who would benefit from the BDCP once it is implemented, agency director Mark Cowin said. ... ”  Read more from the Capital Press here: Talks with water districts to focus on BDCP funding
  • Ukiah moves proposed well:  “Contamination from a bolt plant is forcing the city to consider a new site for its planned new well near Brush Street.  At the Ukiah City Council’s last meeting, Public Works Director Tim Eriksen said tests had revealed water-quality issues in the previous site, which was very close to the Buddy Eller Center and the Orr Creek Bridge.  In August, Eriksen said GHD, Inc., had been hired to design the well but progress was stalled because of “water-quality issues,” and that the “company that did the monitoring for the bolt plant” nearby was not being forthcoming with information.  … ”  Read more from the Ukiah Daily Journal here:  Ukiah moves proposed well
  • EBMUD Looks At Buying Water, Customers Could Face 14 Percent Surcharge:Despite a wet weekend, the East Bay Municipal Utility District said they still need more water. The district is looking at buying billions of gallons from the government, but customers would pay a steep price.  The recent rain is a welcome sight that’s helping Bay Area Reservoirs. The Lafayette Reservoir is one percent higher. But, every bit counts, every drop matters, especially during the holidays. ... ”  Read more from CBS News here: EBMUD Looks At Buying Water, Customers Could Face 14 Percent Surcharge
  • Drugs in the water threaten $1 million grant for Carmel Lagoon: Carmel-area wastewater might be too druggy for steelhead trout.  That’s the concern for state officials who have frozen a $1 million project to route Carmel Area Wastewater District’s treated discharge into the Carmel River Lagoon, an important transition zone for native steelhead trout making their way to the sea.  CAWD General Manager Barbara Buikema says the project could have added up to 300 acre-feet per year of treated wastewater to the lagoon for fish habitat. … ”  Read more from Monterey County Weekly here:  Drugs in the water threaten $1 million grant for Carmel Lagoon
  • Flood insurance mandate still a threat for Twin Creeks: “The Federal Emergency Management Agency still intends to launch a process that could place the Twin Creeks subdivision in northwest Stockton into a high-risk flood zone, which would require residents there to purchase flood insurance.  The agency has been slow to move forward since it announced its intentions in February, but nothing has changed, Oakland-based FEMA engineer Kathy Schaefer told local flood-control officials in late November. … ”  Read more from the Stockton Record here: Flood insurance mandate still a threat for Twin Creeks
  • Rancho Santa Fe ranked as state’s largest residential water hog: “Behind the groves of orange trees and gated driveways in this wealthy San Diego County enclave lie estates boasting Gatsby-sized lawns, resort-style swimming pools, water falls and even putting greens.  It is Southern California’s denial of its dry geography writ large.  And it’s the reason that on a daily per capita basis, households in this area lapped up an average of nearly five times the water used by coastal Southern California homes in September, earning them the dubious distinction of being the state’s biggest residential water hogs. … ”  Read more from the Los Angeles Times here: Rancho Santa Fe ranked as state’s largest residential water hog

weatherPrecipitation watch …

  • Wet weather pattern continues: From the National Weather Service: “Well-advertised second storm system will arrive during the day Tuesday and affect the area through Thursday. This storm is wetter and warmer than this weekend’s system. Forecast rainfall totals of 1-2″ in the Valley with 2-4″ possible in the foothills/mountains. Snow levels will generally remain above 7,000 feet with significant accumulations possible. “

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