Daily Digest: craft beer brewers balance drafts and droughts; Fines over water use rankle Californians; Cadiz chief to tackle project roadblock; and more …

In California water news today, California craft beer brewers balance drafts and droughts; Fines over water use rankle Californians; Yuba City: Give feedback on water storage funds; Formation of groundwater agency returns to Butte County supervisors; Napa hospital pulls water savings from the air; Fresno City Hall moves fast on Recharge Fresno project; Big Fresno fair cuts water use amid fourth year of drought; Cadiz chief to tackle desert water transfer project roadblock; and more …

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In the news today …

California craft beer brewers balance drafts and droughts:  “Amid severe drought, the water board in this Southern California town imposed restrictions on Fallbrook Brewing Co., just as the tiny brewer doubled capacity to meet demand for its craft beers.  To cut monthly water use by about 10 percent, owner Chuck McLaughlin bought an extra 310-gallon tank to catch water used in the brewing process to reuse it for cleaning equipment. His new brewhouse includes a chiller that uses two-thirds less water than his old one.  As a small business, there’s no extra money to pay potentially thousands in fines if he exceeds the limit. ... ”  Read more from the Peoria Star Journal here:  California craft beer brewers balance drafts and drought

Fines over water use rankle Californians:  “Cities under pressure from California for failing to slash water consumption enough during the prolonged drought are cracking down on residents.  That’s prompting an outcry in places such as this Fresno suburb, where officials handed out more than $500,000 in fines this summer for violations including lawn watering. Tim Adams said he is unhappy about the $25 fine he got last month for failing to reduce water usage enough at his barbershop, and he worries about future fines. “I legally have to wash my hands and utensils between customers,” he said. … ”  Read more from the Wall Street Journal here:  Fines over water use rankle Californians

Formation of groundwater agency returns to Butte County supervisors:  “On Tuesday, the Butte County Board of Supervisors will consider taking the next step toward establishing the county as a local groundwater sustainability agency.  Supervisors had voted unanimously in March to show the county’s intent to form the agency and take responsibility for the health of groundwater in four subbasins within the county. … ”  Read more from the Chico Enterprise-Record here:  Formation of groundwater agency returns to Butte County supervisors

Yuba City: Give feedback on water storage funds:The state has $2.7 billion to spend on water storage projects, and later this month, Yuba-Sutter residents will have a chance to learn more about how those funds will be allocated and to give feedback on how the money should be spent.  The California Water Commission, the government body charged with deciding which projects will receive that funding, will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Sutter County Veterans Memorial Building, 1425 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City. … ”  Read more from the Appeal-Democrat here:  Give feedback on water storage funds

Napa hospital pulls water savings from the air: Among a Napa hospital’s water-saving strategies during the California drought, one solution comes out of thin air – literally.  On the grounds of Queen of the Valley Medical Center, sprinklers continue to moisten lawns, trees, shrubs and flowers each night. Above, on the roof of the outpatient surgery center, is the source of that water.  Since September, a system of pipes has gathered condensation from the hospital’s air cooling machines at the rate of 5 to 7 gallons an hour, then channeled it into a vinyl-lined pool 8 feet square and 14 inches deep. … ”  Read more from the Napa Valley Register here:  Napa hospital pulls water savings from the air

Fresno City Hall moves fast on Recharge Fresno project: Fresno officials on Tuesday will open bids to build a huge water treatment plant, hitting another milestone in what is shaping up as the biggest capital works project in City Hall history.  But Fresnans in the end could remember all this construction not as a feat of stunning proportions, but as a key step in government’s sweep to complete regulation of California’s most precious resource – water. … ”  Read more from the Fresno Bee here:  Fresno City Hall moves fast on Recharge Fresno project

Big Fresno fair cuts water use amid fourth year of drought: Now in it’s fourth year, California’s unprecedented drought leaves no one unaffected – including the Big Fresno Fair.  Fair staff, aiming to use 20 percent less water this year, have implemented several conservation measures. That goal is shy of the state-mandated 25 percent cut in urban water use this year, instead based on the 20 percent voluntary reduction instituted last year.  Some water-reduction measures started last year or before, but many are new this year. ... ”  Read more from the Fresno Bee here:  Big Fresno fair cuts water use amid fourth year of drought

Cadiz chief to tackle desert water transfer project roadblock:  “The CEO for embattled Cadiz Inc. has a plan to keep alive a controversial project to transfer ancient groundwater in a remote part of San Bernardino County’s Mojave Desert to parts of Orange County and other locations, where it could serve as many as 400,000 people.  In an interview late last week, Cadiz CEO Scott Slater said he would be seeking a review of the decision by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to reject Cadiz’s proposed use of an 1875 railway right-of-way to build a critical 43-mile pipeline from the Fenner Valley — about 40 miles northeast of Twentynine Palms — to the Colorado River Aqueduct, where it could be delivered to future customers.  If that fails, he will take his battle to court, he said. ... ”  Read more from the San Bernardino Sun here:  Cadiz chief to tackle desert water transfer project

In commentary today …

California’s environmentalists contrive to make a bad thing worse, says the Washington Times:  They write, “There’s a California belief that whatever starts in California — whether serving salad after instead of before the main course, or designing highways with limited access — will eventually spread to benighted places “back east,” which begins somewhere east of San Bernardino.  People everywhere beyond San Bernardino must pray that that doesn’t happen this time. The way the politicians in Sacramento and their right-thinking savants in the media and in academia deal with drought is not an example for our time this time. … ”  Read more from the Washington Times here:  California’s environmentalists contrive to make a bad thing worse

Column: Drought’s effect on trees severe:  Don Curlee writes: “While California farmers have pulled millions of fruit and nut trees safely through four years of drought, their city cousins might not have done so well with millions more shade and landscape varieties.  Wherever we have seen dried up lawns and shrubs as part of the urban landscape, it is likely that mature trees nearby have felt (are now feeling) the cruel effects of water deprivation, but may not show it until next summer or beyond. A University of California farm adviser in Los Angeles County interprets the missing and miserly water applications as an “unrelenting attack.” … ”  Read more from the Visalia Times-Delta here: Drought’s effect on trees severe

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