Blog round-up: A salmon success story, planning for another year of drought, Costa’s disappointment, Federal-CA funding clash, Sunday trumpets and more …
A salmon success story during the California drought: “Looking back on 2014, it’s hard not to feel despair for California salmon. With drought-stricken rivers dangerously warm and slow for spring migration, the government was giving millions of young hatchery salmon a lift to the Pacific by truck and barge. Come August, several streams in the Central Valley were drying up. Native fish were absent from many of their summer haunts. There was, however, a startling exception to the run of bad salmon news. ... ” Read more from the California Water Blog here: A salmon success story during the California drought
Better planning for 2015: State and federal water operations: They write: “The Central Valley Project (CVP) and State Water Project (SWP) have prepared an initial drought contingency plan for 2015 operations, which they today provided to various state and federal agencies. Although there were late 2014 storms that helped our water supply situation in certain areas, the last three dry years have left California’s overall water storage levels below last year. … ” Continue reading at the Northern California Water Association blog here: Better planning for 2015: State and federal water operations
Costa’s disappointment: Families Protecting the Valley writes: ” … The Congressman says in the release, “the Court has made a decision to continue to limit the already scarce water supply to the San Joaquin Valley and cause further damage to California’s agricultural industry.” We also wish the court had taken up the case and hopefully overturned the lower court’s ruling. But, the fact of the matter is that the court’s not the problem. The problem is the law. … ” Read more from Families Protecting the Valley here: Costa’s disappointment
Feds, CA clash over funding private water projects: Wayne Lusvardi writes: “Last week, President Obama dumped a bucket of cold water over his fellow Democrats in California on water policy. He’s emphasizing private investment, while they’re trying to ban it. His Environmental Protection Agency announced on its website: “WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency launched the Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center today to help communities across the country improve their wastewater, drinking water and stormwater systems, particularly through innovative financing and by building resilience to climate change.” … ” Continue reading at the Cal Watchdog blog here: Feds, CA clash over funding private water projects
What do we want? Water! When do we want it? Now!: Restore the Delta writes: “Recently we got an inside peek at a rural Kern County water district’s decision whether to participate in the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. The Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District was asked by Kern County Water Agency, the State Water Project’s second largest water service contractor, whether the District would participate in the Tunnels project or not. In addition to its role as a state water contractor, Kern County Water Agency is Kern County’s water wholesaler. It takes what water it receives on behalf of Kern County, then turns around and sells the water to its “member units.” … ” Continue reading at Restore the Delta here: News from Restore the Delta
Sunday trumpets: Alex Brietler writes: “I finally attended one of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife’s sandhill crane tours at the Isenberg Crane Reserve west of Lodi. Wave after wave of birds flew in at dusk. It was a spectacular sight, of course, but it’s the noise I’ll remember most. ... ” Read more from Alex Breitler’s blog here: Sunday trumpets
Inconvenient truths raised at water meetings: Eric Caine writes: “Assemblyman Adam Gray apparently thought a visit to Friday’s Water Summit on Crows Landing Road in Stanislaus County would be an opportunity to score easy political credits. He must not have realized Valley citizens are rapidly becoming informed enough to ask tough questions. So when Neil Hudson, who is a member of the Stanislaus County Water Advisory Committee (WAC), asked Gray whether the state would give local authorities enough power to enforce new groundwater regulations, Gray was flummoxed. “I’m not prepared to answer that,” he replied. … ” Read more from the Valley Citizen here: Inconvenient truths raised at water meetings
Fallow me to the Dust Bowl? Eric Caine writes: “California is entering a fourth year of drought. Water tables and storage are near historic lows. Serving northeast Stanislaus County, the Oakdale Irrigation District (OID) is about the only water provider in the state claiming to have surplus supplies. Thinking that more money can be made selling water outside the district than locally, OID management and Board of Directors are anxious to sell water. ... ” Read more from the Valley Citizen blog here: Fallow me to the Dust Bowl?
Rain barrels: Fad or fix? “Environmentalist Owen Dell sees rain barrels as a fad. But what the author of “Sustainable Landscaping for Dummies” has likened to the “great tulip mania” is to TreePeople founder Andy Lipkis the “gateway drug to conservation.” Each man has good points. As Dell appreciates, a one-inch rain will produce roughly 600 gallons of run-off from a 1,000-square-foot roof. Catching 55 of those gallons in a plastic can is hardly saving the world. Most rain barrels are butt ugly. Moreover, left unmanaged, these plastic eyesores might become breeding grounds for mosquitoes. … ” Read more from the Chance of Rain blog here: Rain barrels: Fad or fix?
L.A. water use to be cut 20% in 2 years: “The water conservation battle is on! Last week, the Santa Monica City Council voted to approve a water shortage response plan with the goal of achieving a 20 percent citywide reduction in water use by December 31, 2016. As you may recall, Mayor Garcetti has already set a Los Angeles goal for a 20 percent reduction for January 2017, just a flip of the calendar behind Santa Monica. The cities are taking different approaches to reaching these ambitious goals. … ” Continue reading at LA Observed here: Local water use to be cut 20% in 2 years
Read the latest report on fracking: “Recently, the Bureau of Land Management completed a study of fracking wells in California. Here are some pertinent points of that study. Go to the BLM for the full report. Useful knowledge is underlined and really useful knowledge is in red. Personally, I think that fracking is much more prevalent in California than indicated. Remember, too, that the state of New York has successfully banned fracking. We can. too, if we get together on this … ” Continue reading at the Public Water News Service here: Read the latest report on fracking
The 10 most important water stories of 2014: Peter Gleick runs them down, starting with: “1. The California Drought Becomes an Emergency: California’s multi-year drought grew dire enough in 2014 to prompt Governor Jerry Brown to declare a drought emergency in January. By the end of the year, California had experienced the driest and hottest 36 months in its 119-year instrumental record. Some researchers described the drought as 1) the worst in over 1200 years and 2) evidence of rising temperatures globally as climate changes accelerate. As of mid-January, the drought is continuing. ... ” Find out 2 through 10 here: The 10 most important water stories of 2014
Photo credit: Photo of stunned statues at Hurricane Harbor by yours truly … sometimes they even belch children!
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