Daily Digest: Yolo Bypass project proving to be good for salmon and rice, A look back at Obama’s visit a year ago, Water managers start to cope with state’s new groundwater law, Water reports target key issues

Daily DigestIn California water news today, Experimental project proving to be good for salmon and rice, A look back at Obama’s visit a year ago: Did it help the water crisis?, Water managers start to cope with state’s new groundwater law, Water reports target key issues, Cemex gravel mine neighbors struggle with dry wells, Aging water mains a $1 billion headache for DWP

On the calendar today …

  • The State Water Resources Control Board will today beginning at 9am.  Agenda items include an update on the ongoing drought emergency, a briefing on a report recommending improvements to the implementation and enforcement of water rights during drought conditions, a summary of comments from December’s water conservation workshop, and an update on recycled water research needs.  Click here for the agendaClick here for the webcast

In the news today …

Experimental project proving to be good for salmon and rice: “During the non-growing season, rice fields in the Yolo Bypass have been a part of an experiment designed to help salmon thrive.  The idea is to flood the fields using — well, borrowing — drain water from the Colusa Basin as it flows into the valley and out to the Sacramento River while the fields are fallow.  The study is the focus of the Nigiri Project at Knaggs Ranch, in the northern reaches of the Yolo Bypass between Interstate 5 and the Sacramento River. The Bypass serves as an incubator for young salmon while they feed and bulk up before ultimately being flushed down the Delta. … ”  Read more from the Chico Enterprise-Record here:  Experimental project proving to be good for salmon and rice

A look back at Obama’s visit a year ago: Did it help the water crisis?  “It has been a year since President Obama came to the Central Valley, offering up some much needed drought relief. Many in the valley say unfortunately not much has changed.  They say things may be worse because they Valley is still missing what it needs most; water.  Valley farmer Joe Del Bosque says, “I wish I could tell him, ‘Look Mr. President, we’re still in the same situation.  Nothing got done.’ ”  One year ago Del Bosque met with President Obama, taking him for a tour around his fallowed land in Los Banos.  One year later, that land is still unplanted. … ”  Continue reading here:  A look back at Obama’s visit a year ago: Did it help the water crisis?

Water managers start to cope with state’s new groundwater law: “Like gold, it lies beneath ground. We use it but don’t manage it. My interest in it may differ from yours. But if we don’t cooperate, the resource may go away and we’re both hurt. What is it?  Groundwater.  Two months into 2015, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) causes head scratching. Water managers and policy makers are unsure how to get to first base. ... ”  Continue reading at the Central Valley Business Times here:  Water managers start to cope with state’s new groundwater law

Water reports target key issues:  “There may be lack of water in California, but there’s no dearth of printer’s ink: Here’s a quick rundown of reports from key government agencies.  The Legislative Analyst’s Office has issued “The 2015-16 Budget: Effectively Implementing the 2014 Water Bond.”  In it, the LAO outlines Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion water bond passed by voters last November, and how funding from the bond money should be implement. The LAO runs through Governor Brown’s proposals for spending $533 Million allotted by the proposition, supporting some suggestions, criticizing others. … ”  Read more from Capitol Weekly here:  Water reports target key issues

Fresno: Cemex gravel mine neighbors struggle with dry wells:When the well on Rob and Sissi Morton’s rural property next to a gravel mine went dry in late 2013, they knew who to blame.  Cemex, an international cement and gravel company, had suspended mining at its Stillwell site and stopped pumping water into a seepage ditch that recharges groundwater for an adjacent area that includes four homes. … ”  Read more from the Fresno Bee here: Cemex gravel mine neighbors struggle with dry wells

Aging water mains a $1 billion headache for DWP: The water main break that flooded Nowita Place in 2013 wasn’t the kind of spectacle that brought TV cameras. Water sprayed a foot in the air through a hole in the buckled asphalt, leaving residents in the Venice neighborhood without water service for hours.  But the break fit an increasingly common pattern for L.A.’s aging waterworks: The pipe was more than 80 years old. It was rusted out. And it was buried in corrosive soil. … ”  Read more from the Los Angeles Times here:  Aging water mains a $1 billion headache for DWP

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