Daily Digest: California’s drought exposes long-hidden detritus and forces farmers to dig deeper for water, Laird outlines water action plan, key vote for Fresno water rate battle and more …

Daily DigestIn California water news today, California’s drought exposes long-hidden detritus and forces farmers to dig deeper for water, Humboldt County Board of Supervisors to discuss next steps in groundwater management, Santa Cruz: Laird outlines water action plan to League of Women Voters, Fresno water rate battle heads to a key vote, and Water’s edge: A shrinking river threatens the U.S. Southwest

On the calendar today …

The California Water Quality Monitoring Council will meet on this morning beginning at 10am.  Click here for more information.

Groundwater: State Activities:  The California Water Policy Seminar Series at UC Davis continues with Michael Lauffer, chief counsel with the State Water Resources Board today at 4:10 pm.  Everyone welcome to attend.  Click here for more information.

In the news today …

California’s drought exposes long-hidden detritus:  “The message from park rangers, amateur metal detectors and regular fisherman at California’s Lake Perris is unanimous: the water is lower than they’ve ever seen it.  The state’s severe ongoing drought has affected everything from agriculture to urban life. Here, the impact is made visible: As the water level has dropped, sunken treasures, trash and forgotten boats have risen above the surface. ... ”  Read more from NPR here:  California’s drought exposes long-hidden detritus

California drought forces farmers to dig deeper for water:In Esparto, music was a key ingredient for this weekend’s almond festival. But there’s something farmers needed even more.  “California needs a lot of rain,” said Fred Manas, of Manas Ranch. “You know, plus, we don’t have enough (water) storage.”  With water in short supply, farmers who grow almonds and other crops told KCRA 3 on Sunday that prices are likely to rise in the months ahead. ... ”  Read more from the KCRA Channel 3: California drought forces farmers to dig deeper for water

Humboldt County Board of Supervisors to discuss next steps in groundwater management:After legislation setting up the first regulations on California’s groundwater supply was approved last year, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors is set to discuss the next step in managing the lone groundwater basin the legislation affects in the county at its Tuesday meeting.  Before the trio of state bills known collectively as the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act were signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in September, those with access to groundwater could pump as they pleased, with only well drilling and maintenance receiving any oversight.  … ”  Read more from the Eureka Times-Standard here:  Board of Supervisors to discuss next steps in groundwater management

Santa Cruz: Laird outlines water action plan to League of Women Voters: “On Sunday afternoon, California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird discussed the State’s plan to address California’s wide range of water management issues at the Best Western Seacliff Inn in Aptos. His keynote speech was part of a fundraising luncheon celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the League of Women Voters of Santa Cruz County.  “Incredible progress on water issues happens once every few generations,” said Laird. “We are in one of those times.” ... ”  Read more from the Santa Cruz Sentinel here:  Laird outlines water action plan to League of Women Voters

Fresno water rate battle heads to a key vote:  “The Fresno City Council is slated Thursday to vote on higher water rates.  Sounds simple. Events, however, almost certainly will unfold in memorable fashion.  Mayor Ashley Swearengin will ask the council to approve five years of rate hikes needed to begin paying for a $429 million upgrade of the city’s water system. ... ”  Read more from the Fresno Bee here:  Fresno water rate battle heads to a key vote

Water’s edge: A shrinking river threatens the U.S. Southwest:  “The desert sun beats down from a cloudless sky as Las Vegas landscaper Mat Baroudi roars across Lake Mead in his motorboat.  It’s hot. The lake is the perfect place to be on a scorching Nevada morning. Baroudi loves coming out here with his son to fish and swim. But for the last few years, they have watched the lake shrink from under them.  To get an idea how far the nation’s largest reservoir has fallen, consider this: What was once one of Lake Mead’s top scuba-diving spots is now halfway up a dry hillside.  “Every time we come out here, we’re shocked by how much water’s missing,” Baroudi shouted over the roar of the engine. ... ”  Continue reading at VOA here:  Water’s edge: A shrinking river threatens the U.S. Southwest

Plenty more news and commentary in the weekend edition of the Daily Digest …

Precipitation watch …

  • Per the National Weather Service, next chance of rain is at the end of the week.

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