Blog round-up: Proposed changes to urban conservation regs; Record low numbers of Delta fish species, Sierra Nevada-Colorado Basin linkage, Law & Water: Jimmy Kimmel-style, and more …

Trinidad Winter Sunset by Andy Purviance

Winter sunset in Trinidad … Photo by Andy Purviance

Proposed Emergency Urban Water Conservation Regulation Framework’s “No Stacking Rule” Could Undermine Regional Water Planning: Tim Quinn writes, “On Dec. 21, State Water Resources Control Board staff lifted the curtain a bit and shared their initial thinking on what could be in store for emergency drought regulation in 2016. While the draft framework for the next version of the emergency urban conservation regulation provides a cursory nod to the notion that local conditions should be accounted for in the state’s drought plan, the proposal turns a blind eye to the sea change that has occurred in 21st century water management in California. We can do better. In short, the State Water Board is proposing what has been called a “no stacking rule” that would limit credit for local investments and other adjustments. This rule could undermine the momentum that has built over decades in California in local and regional water supply planning and development. … ” Read more from ACWA’s Water News here: Proposed Emergency Urban Water Conservation Regulation Framework’s “No Stacking Rule” Could Undermine Regional Water Planning

Delta smelt and other fish species plummet to record low numbers: Fish species ranging from endangered Delta Smelt to Striped Bass continued to plummet to record low population levels in 2015, according to the annual fall survey report released on December 18 by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).  The Fall Midwater Trawl Survey, used to index the fall abundance of pelagic fishes most years since 1967, conducts monthly surveys from September through December. The 2015 sampling season was completed on December 11, according to Sara Finstad, an environmental scientist for the CDFW’s Bay Delta Region. ... ”  Read more from the Daily Kos here:  Delta smelt and other fish species plummet to record low numbers

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ENSO it Begins? The 2016 Drought – so far – January 3: Jay Lund begins this post with a quote: ““One afternoon they take me … to witness a great religious ceremony. It is the invocation to the gods for rain.” John Wesley Powell (1895, p. 338) 2016 starts with slightly above average precipitation and snowpack and promising climatic conditions, but a long way to go… California remains in a drought. Precipitation and snowpack are now near or a bit above average for this time of the water year (the 2016 Water Year began October 1, 2015). But precipitation is less than last year at this time in the northern Sierras (December 2014 was unusually wet here, followed by more than unusually dry). Are the wet promises of ENSO coming true? Year 2016 drought conditions are likely to remain unclear until March – no matter how eager we are to know right now. … ” Read more from the California Water Blog here: ENSO it Begins? The 2016 Drought – so far – January 3

What’s more important? Keeping 2500 old jobs, or getting a thousand new ones?: Families Protecting the Valley writes, “The announcement by Gerawan Farming that they are shutting down their table grape operations impacting 2500 workers came as a shock just before Christmas.  It also comes as the City of Fresno is bending over backwards to get a Nordstroms Distribution Center to locate there instead of in Visalia.  Gerawan is not in Fresno, so it’s not exactly in their wheelhouse, but neither the City or County of Fresno has tried to help Gerawan in their battle with the UFW and the ALRB.  There’s a lot more concern about getting new jobs than keeping old ones.  What’s more important?  Keeping 2500 old jobs, or getting a thousand new ones? … ”  Continue reading from Families Protecting the Valley here:  What’s more important? Keeping 2500 old jobs, or getting a thousand new ones?

Sinking California land to cost billions:  James Poulos writes, “California’s struggling infrastructure faced the daunting prospect of too little water underground and too much falling from the sky.  “Four years of drought and heavy reliance on pumping of groundwater have made the land sink faster than ever up and down the Central Valley, requiring repairs to infrastructure that experts say are costing billions of dollars,” the Associated Press reported, citing punishing conditions affecting everything from canals to well casings to “stretches of a riverbed undergoing historic restoration.” ... ”  Read more from the Cal Watchdog blog here:  Sinking California land to cost billions

Sierra Madre introduces Colorado River water, winds up with “the Tucson problem”: “Water is just water, right? What happened when Sierra Madre, a suburb northeast of Los Angeles, switched from local groundwater to imported Colorado River water is a reminder that, well, no ”  Read more from the Inkstain blog here:  Sierra Madre introduces Colorado River water, winds up with “the Tucson problem”

People on wells less likely to view water management as a shared problem:  Read this short post from the Inkstain blog by clicking here.

California needs safe drinking water: The Northern California Water Association blog writes, “California’s Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency recently provided a very good perspective in the Sacramento Bee that “all Californians deserve clean, safe drinking water.” There should be no higher priority in California water policy than the need to provide safe drinking water for people throughout California. In the Sacramento Valley, we are committed to safe drinking water for all residents and in helping communities with their water supply needs. ... ”  Read more from the NCWA blog here:  California needs safe drinking water

2015 puts Sierra Nevada-Colorado Basin linkage in stark relief:  “If you care about Colorado River Basin water, it behooves you to pay attention to the snowpack in California’s Sierra Nevada. It’s an entirely different watershed, but 2015 demonstrated how the interconnections in California’s plumbing have left the two inextricably linked.  The tl;dr version of two interrelated points:  1-California’s drought has put pressure on the Colorado River, as Southern California turns east for more water to make up for shortfalls from the north. 2-Despite California’s problems, the overall Colorado River Basin is holding up – able in a subpar year on the Colorado to deliver the extra water to L.A. and San Diego while ending the year with total reservoir storage unchanged from last year at this time. The system is in a tenuous but encouraging balance. … ”  Read more from the Inkstain blog here: 2015 puts Sierra Nevada-Colorado Basin linkage in stark relief

And lastly … Law & Water: Jimmy Kimmel Joins The LA DWP Water Conservation Unit

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About the Blog Round-up: The Blog Round-up is a weekly journey through the wild and varied tapestry of blog commentary, incorporating the good, the bad, the ugly, and sometimes just plain bizarre viewpoints existing on the internet. Viewpoints expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily my own; inclusion of items here does not imply my endorsement of their positions. Items are chosen to express a wide range of viewpoints, and are added at the editor’s discretion. While posts with obvious factual errors are excluded, please note that no attempt is made on my part to verify or fact check the information bloggers present, so caveat emptor – let the buyer beware.

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