Daily Digest: Drought-weakened trees could pose hazard this winter; Former Brown official pushes water bond; Clovis residents, council members frustrated by state water mandate; and more …

In California water news today, Drought-weakened trees could pose hazard this winter; Former Brown official pushes water bond; Clovis residents, council members frustrated by state water mandate; State to pitch in $25 million for ‘crown jewel’ of LA River Restoration; After years of low water rates, customers can expect to pay more; Millions unspent in federal water system loan program; and more …

In the news today …

Drought-weakened trees could pose hazard this winter:  “After four years of drought, California has a huge number of dead and dying trees.  After a U.S. Forest Service aerial survey last spring, researchers estimated there were 12.5 million dead trees on national forest lands alone.  That doesn’t count dead and dying trees in open spaces and urban parks, or on private property like your backyard or your neighbor’s. … ”  Read more from KQED here:  Drought-weakened trees could pose hazard this winter

Former Brown official pushes water bond:  “Just a year after California voters approved a multi-billion dollar water bond, another may be on the way. Governor Jerry Brown’s former top water official is pushing another initiative to upgrade the state’s water system. Ben Bradford reports from Sacramento.  Jerry Meral, director of the Natural Heritage Institute’s water program, says more is needed to ensure an adequate water supply. … ”  Read more from Capital Public Radio here:  Former Brown official pushes water bond See also: Another water bond? Environmentalists to call for more money for conservation, recycling

Clovis residents, council members frustrated by state water mandate: Clovis City Council Member Bob Whalen regularly hears complaints about the city’s water fines from friends and constituents, and sometimes he takes a uniquely Clovis approach to dealing with them – he buys them a cup of coffee and hears them out.  “Usually when people see me,” Whalen said, “they take the opportunity to vent.  “People don’t like paying fines, especially when they think they’ve been good stewards.” ... ”  Read more from the Fresno Bee here:  Clovis residents, council members frustrated by state water mandate

State to pitch in $25 million for ‘crown jewel’ of LA River Restoration:  “The state of California plans to contribute $25 million toward efforts to buy a property on the Los Angeles River in Cypress Park, the majority of the purchase price for a parcel that has been called a “crown jewel” of the river’s restoration, state Senate leader Kevin de León announced Sunday.  The funding, announced by De León at the L.A. River Revitalization Corp.’s annual garden party, marks a major step toward securing the largest remaining piece of undeveloped riverfront land for the city of L.A. Although city officials are still negotiating a deal with the property’s owner, Union Pacific Co., De León’s office said the $25 million would probably cover a majority of the sale price. … ”  Read more from the LA Times here:  State to pitch in $25 million for ‘crown jewel’ of LA River Restoration

After years of low water rates, customers can expect to pay more: With all the questions surrounding the nation’s water supplies and systems, one thing seems certain: Customers will be paying more to keep their taps flowing.  Rates have been shooting up nationwide in drought-stricken states and in cities trying to upgrade their aging infrastructure. Experts say the trend is sure to accelerate as the cost of water, treatment and delivery comes into line with how essential water is to our daily lives. ... ”  Read more from the Associated Press here:  After years of low water rates, customers can expect to pay more

Millions unspent in federal water system loan program:  “The largest federal aid program for improving the nation’s drinking water systems has struggled to spend money in a timely fashion despite demand for assistance that far exceeds the amount available, a review by The Associated Press shows.  Project delays, poor management by some states and structural problems have contributed to nearly $1.1 billion in congressional appropriations sitting unspent in Drinking Water State Revolving Fund accounts as of Aug. 1. … ”  Read more from the Statesman’s Journal here:  Millions unspent in federal water system loan program

In commentary today …

Column: Dino Cortopassi: Not just another rich guy with an idea:  Dan Morain writes, “You’ve heard the story before, or so you might think: Some rich guy comes up with an idea to reshape the state in his image, spends some of his pocket change to get it on the ballot, and the rest of us are left to sort it out.  Dean Cortopassi, Dino to his friends, is a wealthy guy with an idea. True to form, he and his wife, Joan, spent $4 million to place an initiative on the ballot next year; they can afford it. And there will be a mighty campaign to defeat it.  The implications of his initiative are not fully clear. … ”  Read more from the Sacramento Bee here:  Dino Cortopassi: Not just another rich guy with an idea

Column: Waterless slip n’ slide?  Dream on, Silicon Valley kids:  Robin Abcarian writes, “Mountain View, Calif. — How are tech wizards and high-profile political leaders handling California’s most severe drought? I mean, up close and personal?  On Thursday, in the Computer History Museum here, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group gathered for its annual policy conference. Panel discussion topics ranged from dealing with the drought to how to get a more racially diverse group of students interested in science, technology, engineering and math careers, to the “disruptive” technologies that are coming down the pike (virtual reality test drives for Teslas, anyone?). … ”  Read more from the LA Times here:  Waterless slip n’ slide? Dream on, Silicon Valley kids

More news and commentary in the Weekend Daily Digest …

Daily Digest, weekend edition: Drought leaves Valley aquifers in danger; Klamath River fish health improved; Westlands Water District’s drainage clean up time may have come; Drip irrigation – not the drought buster you thought, and more …

Also on Maven’s Notebook today …

Delta Protection Commission prepares to comment on Cal Water Fix

Reservoir and water conditions for September 28, 2015

News Worth Noting: Delta-area Congressional members vote No on RAPID Act; Draft 2016 San Joaquin River Restoration Channel Capacity Report; San Diego County Water Authority to Test Seawater Intake Technologies

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