Daily Digest, Veterans Day edition: Metropolitan votes to buy Delta islands; critics see a land grab; Ski resorts open early as snow blankets the Sierra; and more …

In California water news today, Metropolitan Water District votes to buy Delta islands; critics see a land grab; Ski resorts opening; rain and snow a good start; ACWA posts policy principles on energy and water resources; Valley farmers urged to better embrace new technology; Votes on Paso Robles groundwater district set for March; Arcadia issues fines, installs flow restrictors on homes not conserving enough water; Metropolitan approves study on largest recycled water program in nation; and the concrete of the future lets water run right through it 

In the news today …

L.A. water provider moves forward on Delta land purchase:  “The largest provider of treated drinking water in the U.S. may soon become a substantial landowner in the Delta, after the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California gave its general manager permission Tuesday to negotiate an option to buy four large islands.  If finalized, the deal could cost Metropolitan anywhere from $150 million to about $240 million. That’s based on other, smaller real estate transactions in the Delta, which have ranged from $7,500 to $12,000 per acre, said Metropolitan General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger. … ”  Read more from the Stockton Record here:  L.A. water provider moves forward on Delta land purchase

LA’s water board seeks to buy key Delta lands:  “The powerful Metropolitan Water District of Southern California decided Tuesday to begin negotiations to buy thousands of acres including four islands in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, an effort to secure steady flows of water amid the historic drought.  But delta advocates and environmentalists called the bold move by the nation’s biggest water agency, which serves 19 million people, a blatant water grab. ... ”  Read more from SF Gate here:  LA’s water board seeks to buy key Delta lands

Metropolitan Water District votes to buy Delta islands; critics see a land grab:The Board of the Metropolitan Water District on Tuesday voted nearly unanimously to pursue the purchase of land in the heart of California’s water hub known as the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.  Totaling more than 20,000 acres, the Delta lands would give Southern California’s primary water provider greater ability to move water south to its 19 million customer in six counties.  MWD general manager Jeffery Kightlinger says the deal centers on five islands. ... ”  Read more from KPCC here:  Metropolitan Water District votes to buy Delta islands; critics see a land grab

Ski resorts opening; rain and snow a good start:  “Some ski resorts in the Sierra Nevada have opened and rainfall totals in parts of California are nearly normal the past six weeks.   The recent storms won’t end the drought, but, after four consecutive years of drought, it is an encouraging start. Several California and Nevada ski resorts have opened early and several more plan to open soon thanks to snow from two November storms.  … ”  Read more from Capital Public Radio here:  Ski resorts opening; rain and snow a good start

ACWA posts policy principles on energy and water resources:  “Intended as a guide to help frame advocacy efforts, ACWA has developed a set of policy principles on energy and water resources. The principles are now available online.  The 12 principles – approved by the ACWA Board of Directors in July – address issues ranging from energy reliability and efficiency to renewable generation. The principles acknowledge the critical role water agencies play in stewardship of energy resources. … ”  Read more from ACWA’s Water News here:  ACWA posts policy principles on energy and water resources

Valley farmers urged to better embrace new technology:As fast as technology is changing, California’s agricultural industry needs to find and embrace new technology to do the work more efficiently and productively.  That was the conclusion of a panel that gathered Thursday at California State University Monterey Bay for the GreaterVision 2015 conference.  This was the eighth year for the event, which focuses on issues imporant the agricutlural industry in the Salinas Valley and the Monterey Bay area. … ”  Read more from the Daily Californian here:  Valley farmers urged to better embrace new technology

Votes on Paso Robles groundwater district set for March: In March, voters and property owners in the Paso Robles groundwater basin will vote on whether to form a management district for the basin.  In three separate votes during a daylong hearing Tuesday, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors scheduled three elections for March 8. In two elections, property owners and residents will decide whether they want the district formed and who will sit on the district’s board of directors. … ”  Read more from the San Luis Obispo Tribune here: Votes on Paso Robles groundwater district set for March

Arcadia issues fines, installs flow restrictors on homes not conserving enough water:  “The city has issued over $10,000 in fines since June to homeowners who have not been doing their part to help the city reach its target water conservation rate amid California’s worst drought on record, city officials said.  The city has struggled to meet its state-mandated target rate of 36 percent, which recently led to taking further steps to try to reach some of its residents, including placing flow restrictors on two residential properties after warnings and citations did not yield a response from homeowners. … ”  Read more from the Pasadena Star News here:  Arcadia issues fines, installs flow restrictors

Metropolitan approves study on largest recycled water program in nation: The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Board of Directors today approved an agreement that could lead to the development of the largest recycled water supply program of its kind in the nation.  The board authorized an agreement with the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County to develop a 1-million-gallon-per-day demonstration plant and also to establish terms for future development of what could become a large-scale regional treatment project to purify wastewater currently discharged into the Pacific Ocean. ... ”  Read more from ACWA’s Water News here:  Metropolitan approves study on largest recycled water program in nation

The concrete of the future lets water run right through it: It’s not every day that the installation of a concrete driveway turns into a spectacle. But it happened last year in Victoria, Canada.  “It was a real big thing,” said Ron Manuel, the owner of the driveway in the coastal capital city of the province of British Columbia. About 20 local contractors turned up to watch. “They had the whole street blocked off. They all wanted to see how it was going in and how it was done.” What makes Ron Manuel’s driveway so special? It’s made out of permeable concrete. When it rains, the water drains right through it and into the soil below. … ”  Read more from Inverse here:  The concrete of the future lets water run right through it

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  • bob siegfried

    A note to alert you to the Otter Project vs. State of California, a suit over tha ag waiver, if you are not already aware. Primarily about water quality, but important ramifications for irrigation.

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