Daily Digest: Central Valley, Delta water rights under scrutiny, bill would double federal funds for SF Bay, beavers saving salmon, and more …

Daily DigestIn California water news today, Central Valley, Delta water rights under scrutiny, Salmon hold on, but heat & drought may take toll next year, Beavers are saving California’s wild salmon, Bill would double federal funds to restore SF Bay, Congress to consider Sites Reservoir, Woodland to participate in Mayor’s Challenge to save water, Winter storm brings showers, hail, and thunder to Southern California, and more …

On the calendar today …

 

  • Integrated Modeling for Groundwater Sustainability Planning:  The California Water Policy Seminar Series continues with Can Dogrul (DWR) and Rich Niswonger (USGS) at UC Davis this afternoon, beginning at 4:10 pm. All are welcome to attend. Click here for more information.

 

In the news today …

Central Valley, Delta water rights under scrutiny:  “Hundreds of property owners across California’s Central Valley and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are scrambling to prove they have a right to divert water from the region’s streams, the result of a state order that comes due in just four days.  The order from the State Water Resources Control Board is driven by a longstanding dispute over scarce water supplies, one that has intensified as California appears likely to face a fourth straight drought year. But proving those water rights may be difficult: In many cases, the proof lies buried in county parcel maps and other property records dating as far back as the 1850s. … ”  Read more from the Sacramento Bee here:  Central Valley, Delta water rights under scrutiny

Salmon hold on, but heat & drought may take toll next year:  “The California drought and a strange warming trend in the ocean have not yet killed off the Sacramento River’s king salmon, which are swimming off the coast unaware of all the doomsaying.  That could all change next year, fisheries experts warn, when the full effect of the four-year dry spell hits the scaly creatures where they live. … ”  Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle here: Salmon hold on, but heat & drought may take toll next year

Beavers are saving California’s wild salmon:  “With California’s wild Coho salmon populations down to 1% of their former numbers, there’s growing evidence that beavers – long reviled as a pest of the waterways – are essential to restore the species, writes Maria Finn. In the process, they raise water tables, recharge aquifers and improve water quality. What’s not to love? ... ”  Read more from The Ecologist here:  Beavers are saving California’s wild salmon

Bill would double federal funds to restore SF Bay: San Francisco Bay is big, beautiful and beset by environmental problems, but it gets nowhere near the federal aid bestowed on other big bodies of water such as the Great Lakes or Chesapeake Bay.  California lawmakers led by Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough, and Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer introduced legislation last week to double the amount of federal grants to restore the bay, the largest estuary on the West Coast, to $10 million a year. ... ”  Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle here:  Bill would double federal funds to restore SF Bay

Congress to consider Sites Reservoir:  “Federal legislators will look at Sites Reservoir once again, after two California congressmen introduced a bipartisan bill.  If enacted, the bill, introduced by Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, and Rep. John Garamendi, D-Fairfield, would accelerate the completion of a feasibility study of the water storage project and authorize the project if it’s found feasible.  The bill is almost identical to a similar bill introduced by both congressmen last year. The bill had to be re-introduced after the original expired with the election of a new Congress in November, said Thad Bettner, general manager of the Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District. … ”  Read more from the Appeal Democrat here:  Congress to consider Sites Reservoir

Woodland to participate in Mayor’s Challenge to save water: Woodland, like cities across California, is facing a growing water shortage in the future. And while it is planning a multi-million dollar plant to use water from the Sacramento River in coming years, the immediate challenge is to conserve.  Already, the city is planning a Water-Wise Landscape Tour on Saturday, May 2, to offer residents ideas for water-efficient back- and front-yard landscaping. … ”  Read more from the Daily Democrat here:  Woodland to participate in Mayor’s Challenge to save water

Nutrient management practices alive & well on the Central Coast, says Richard Cornett:  He writes, “A couple of years ago a University of California, Davis study was released claiming that nitrates found in fertilizers were seeping into California’s groundwater and contaminating drinking water supplies.  While the agricultural community refuted many of the assertions in the 2012 report, state water regulators used much of the study’s data to justify new regulations that include requiring growers to come up with nutrient management plans. ... ”  Read more from the Western Farm Press here:  Nutrient management practices alive & well on the Central Coast

Winter storm brings showers, hail, and thunder to Southern California:  “A winter storm swept through Southern California on Sunday, bringing scattered showers, hail and thunder while higher elevations were expected to see a foot of snow overnight.  The low-pressure system brought a smattering of storm cells, dumping rain throughout the region from San Luis Obispo to Orange counties.  “These showers are only 5 to 6 miles wide,” said Andrew Rorke, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “They are driving around the Southland, and wherever they go, you get a lot of rain.” … ”  Read more from the LA Times here:  Winter storm brings showers, hail, and thunder to Southern California

Despite drought, pools, lawns, and fireplaces still popular home features:Patrick Lim and his family are six months into their pursuit of the American Dream. So far it’s been a frustrating endeavor with sticker shock now an obstacle in addition to the market’s slim pickings.  Those choices would be even slimmer if Lim were to rule out houses with what could be the three big environmental no-no’s: swimming pools, lush lawns and fireplaces.   But despite a four-year drought with no relief in sight, pools and green lawns continue to be attractive selling points, say real estate agents across Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. … ”  Read more from the LA Daily News here:  Despite drought, pools, lawns, and fireplaces still popular home features

More news and commentary in the weekend edition of the Daily Digest …

Daily Digest, weekend edition: Coverage of the CVP allocation announcement, plus new federal water legislation might be on tap, who is behind the pits in Kern County, New Melones releases skyrocket to fight salinity and more …

weatherPrecipitation watch …

From the National Weather Service:  “Another fast-moving weather system will bring scattered showers as it moves through NorCal today. There will be some snow over the mountains and a slight chance for afternoon thunderstorms over the valley to the south of Sacramento. Drier and milder weather returns Tuesday.”

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