Blog round-up: Outdated reservoir rules, Shipping Boston’s snow to CA, Managing in dry years, State Water Board TUCP decision, suction dredge mining, and spiky weather, plus 8 water tricks that will melt your mind …

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A dam waste: Outdated reservoir rules dump water during drought: Juliet Christian-Smith writes, “Last year, California’s drought task force toured the parched state, visiting sites impacted by the record dry conditions. At Lake Mendocino, a reservoir located in the northern part of the state, they saw bathtub rings and beached docks, evidence of drastically reduced water levels. Therefore, it should be surprising that billions of gallons of water were released from the reservoir during the drought to comply with outdated flood control rules.  Say what?  How did this happen? And why does it keep happening? … ”  Continue reading at The Equation blog here:  A dam waste: Outdated reservoir rules dump water during drought

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Why we’re not shipping Boston’s snow to California:  Kate Wing writes, “Boston’s trapped under record snow, so much that they’re considering dumping it in Boston Harbor. The West is facing another year of drought, with “megadroughts” predicted before the end of the century. When will the economics be right for that snow shipping start-up? Short answer: not for a while.  Based on this estimate, Boston is paying $11.43 to melt a ton of snow. What if they put it in a shipping container instead? ... ”  Continue reading at the Medium here:  Why we’re not shipping Boston’s snow to California

How do we manage water in dry years for multiple purposes?  David Guy writes: “With 2015 emerging as another dry year in California, there are several important lessons from the past several years that help inform water management this year and how we can make every drop count by serving multiple beneficial purposes that benefit both the economy and the environment during these challenging years.  The first is the importance and value of water storage. California has 38 million people and a highly managed system where all beneficial purposes depend in some fashion on water in storage.  ... ”  Continue reading at the Water Food Environment blog here:  How do we manage water in dry years for multiple purposes?

Lets prepare for a dry year and not overreact:  The Northern California Water Association blog writes: “The 2015 water year has been a roller coaster ride, with a very dry January tucked in between big storms in December and early February in Northern California. The hydrologic cycle in California has always been unpredictable, with widely fluctuating wet years and dry years, while average years only exist as part of a statistical analysis on paper. This year is no different, except that California is in the midst of a very dry decade and the public is now focused and some say obsessed with weather and the various forecasts. Now is a good time to take stock of this dynamic and remind ourselves that we need to prepare, but not overreact. … ”  Read more from the Northern California Water Association blog here:  Lets prepare for a dry year and not overreact

Restore the Delta on the State Water Board’s TUCP decision, Delta dams, and Prop 1:  Restore the Delta writes: “This week, Tim Stroshane finished preparing Restore the Delta’s first Protest response to the State Water Resources Control Board, specifically the Board’s January 27, 2015 Notice of Temporary Urgency Change Petition (TUCP). The TUCP is the Board’s decision to modify D-1641 for the months of February and March, weakening Delta outflow standards, water quality standards, and setting modified allowances for water exports during this period of drought. The State Water Resources Control Board is in a difficult position. Sources close to Restore the Delta tell us that Tom Birmingham, General Manager for the Westlands Water District, is seeking to unleash Armageddon on the Board’s Executive Director, and board members because in their January notice they declined to allow the Department of Water Resources and the Bureau of Reclamation even greater intermediate export levels. … ”  Continue reading here:  Delta Flows: Navigate or confront

California Supreme Court to Decide Whether the Mining Law Preempts State Ban on Suction Dredge Mining: Sean Hecht writes, “The California Supreme Court recently accepted a case that may make it more difficult for the state to protect the environment from the damaging impacts of mining. At issue is the state’s ban on suction-dredge mining in streambeds. Californians engaged in suction-dredge mining have vigorously fought against the state’s ban, and a panel of the Court of Appeal recently agreed with the miners’ argument that the state ban violates federal law that generally allows mining on federal lands. The state petitioned the California Supreme Court for review, and the Court accepted the case just a couple of weeks ago. If the Court of Appeal decision stands, our rivers and streams will continue to be disturbed by this particularly damaging form of mining. … ”  Continue reading at the Legal Planet blog here: California Supreme Court to Decide Whether the Mining Law Preempts State Ban on Suction Dredge Mining

Spiky Weather good cops and bad cops: John Bass writes, “Since it can no longer be ignored, it was inevitable that the impacts of Climate Change would emerge as the issue for public (as opposed to academic or policy) debate on how to manage water in California. That’s a good thing. No longer can Climate Change be dismissed as bad science, a myth, or a future generations’ problem, at least in this context. And it will get worse.  But it’s not clear that even intelligent arguments by people like Dan Walters and Jeffrey Mount about these impacts seem will change the basic problem of finding a politically executable policy to reconcile entrenched, not to say radical, pro-water supply/pro-environment positions that have been staked out for decades. … ”  Read more from the Delta National Park blog here:  Spiky Weather good cops and bad cops

Will MID fail on water?  Eric Caine writes,  ““We’re in a new world here,” said John Mensinger during last Tuesday’s Water Workshop in the Modesto Irrigation District’s (MID) boardroom. And while many in the audience seemed to agree, his fellow directors apparently weren’t listening.  The subject was a modest proposal by MID staff to increase water rates to $29.25 an acre foot by 2017. People in the know about today’s water world might think $29.25 is a misprint, and they’d have every reason to believe so. … ”  Read more from The Valley Citizen here:  Will MID fail on water?

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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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