Blog round-up: Trump, San Luis Settlement Agreement, water markets, big ticket water challenges, and more …

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Trump is the only hope:  Families Protecting the Valley writes, “The Fresno Bee Editorial Board listened to Donald Trump’s speech at Selland Arena and decided he’s unfit to be President.  “It’s difficult to imagine a presidential nominee giving a more rambling, disjointed, egocentric, fact-free speech than likely Republican standard-bearer Donald Trump served up Friday morning at his rally in Fresno.”  You can read the full editorial below.  The problem for Valley farmers is that Trump is their only hope.  If California water policy isn’t solved soon there will be no future for farming in this Valley.  Ask yourself how long you can go on with current policy. … ”  Read more from Families Protecting the Valley here:  Trump is the only hope

Lies trump reality: Phil Plait writes, “At this point, it’s painfully clear that Donald Trump is incapable of telling the truth. Listening to him talk is actually rather amazing; just by the laws of statistics he should randomly say something accurate just once, at least by accident.  Yet, here we are.  On Friday, May 27, 2016, Trump was in Fresno, California to give a stump speech. In it, he talked about water and California’s enduring drought… or did he? If you listen to him, he doesn’t seem to think it’s a problem. ... ”  Continue reading at the Bad Astronomy blog here:  Lies trump reality

Hoopa Valley Tribe slams San Luis Settlement Agreement:  Dan Bacher writes, “On May 24, the Hoopa Valley Tribe from Northern California filed its objection to two bills proposed in the House of Representatives to implement the controversial San Luis Settlement Agreement, saying the agreement would “forever condemn the Tribe to poverty.”  The Tribe filed its complaint prior to a hearing on the two bills, H.R. 4366 (Rep. David Valadao) and H.R. 5217 (Rep. Jim Costa, D-CA), held by the U.S. House of Representative Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans. “Our Tribe is an indispensable party to this settlement,” said Chairman Ryan Jackson, in a press release. “We notified Congress and the Bush and Obama Administrations on numerous occasions over the past several years of our concerns. Though we have been mostly ignored, rest assured, this legislation will not advance in absence of protection of our interests.” … ”  Read more from the Fish Sniffer here:  Hoopa Valley Tribe slams San Luis Settlement Agreement

When water markets fail: Eric Caine writes:  “Last week, Stanislaus Superior Court Judge William Mayhew ruled that the Oakdale Irrigation District’s (OID) On Farm Conservation Program couldn’t proceed until it addressed environmental concerns raised by Oakdale farmers Louis Brichetto and Robert Frobose. The ruling was yet another in a series of legal setbacks for a district determined to balance its budget with out-of-region water sales, and costs be damned.  The district’s ongoing legal woes are just another symptom of California’s misguided faith in markets as the controlling authorities for water policy. In theory, water sales represent win-win situations for all parties involved. In fact, they’ve become an exclusive system, benefitting a few market players at the expense of the general public.  Want examples? ... ”  Read more from The Valley Citizen here:  Water: When markets fail

California’s big ticket water challenges:  Lori Pottinger writes, “California’s hundreds of local public water agencies are responsible for about 90 percent of the water delivered across the state. We asked Tim Quinn, executive director of the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and vice-chair of the PPIC Water Policy Center’s advisory council, to weigh in on three big-ticket water management issues ACWA’s members are facing.  PPIC: Last week, the State Water Board voted to give control over water conservation standards to local agencies. Why is this change important?  Tim Quinn: Essentially, the board decentralized decisions about drought management so that local water agencies can tailor their plans to local conditions. ACWA strongly believes that this was a move in the right direction. ... ”  Read more from the PPIC Blog here:  California’s big ticket water challenges

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Let the water spread throughout the Central Valley:  The Northern California Water Blog writes, “The snowpack in Northern California this year was above average. This, coupled with rain at lower elevations, led to Northern California reservoirs filling this year for the first time in five years and water spilling earlier this year from certain reservoirs. As a result, Lake Shasta is now at 107% of historical average, Lake Oroville is 112% and Folsom Lake is 104%.  With full reservoirs in Northern California for the first time in five years, you would think that the operators and regulators for these projects would take the opportunity to relax after four challenging years and let the projects operate to serve multiple beneficial uses, including cities and rural communities, farms, fish and birds. … ”  Read more from the NCWA blog here:  Let the water spread throughout the Central Valley

Water and salt exports from the Delta – A tale of two plots: Jay Lund and William Fleenor write, “Where does water exported from the Delta come from?  And where does the salt in Delta exports come from?  Water and salt exported from the Delta comes from several sources:  Sacramento River (largest high-quality source) (Sac); San Joaquin River discharge (usually modest flow, but much saltier from agricultural drainage) (SJR); smaller eastside streams (Mokelumne River, etc.; usually small, but good quality) (East); Delta drainage water and precipitation (lower quality) (Delta); and Ocean water (salty, mixed in by tidal action, if above sources are inadequate) (Martinez).  Here are some answers in two plots … ”  Continue reading at the California Water Blog here:  Water and salt exports from the Delta – A tale of two plots

Looking outdoors for lasting water savings in California:  Ed Osann writes, “The drought news from California this month is slightly less dire—“only” 64% of the state is still experiencing drought conditions that are considered “severe” or worse.  However, extreme drought still lingers over nearly all of heavily populated Southern California.  So while a modest snow pack in the mountains is allowing for an easing of water use restrictions in parts of the state, officials are also reinforcing the message that water conservation needs to become “a California way of life.” At least, that’s how Governor Brown put it when he issued a new Executive Order May 9, in which he directed state agencies to improve water efficiency and curtail unnecessary water use on a permanent basis. The following week, as if on cue, a set of recommendations with enormous potential for urban water savings was released by a state panel convened three years ago. ... ”  Read more from the NRDC Switchboard blog here: Looking outdoors for water savings in California

Lower Colorado River water use projected to be lowest in two decades:  John Fleck writes, “We’ve had a healthy freakout over the last couple of weeks about the fact that Lake Mead, the nation’s largest and iconic water supply reservoir, is (again) at its lowest point in history (meaning the lowest since they built it in the 1930s). Brad Plumer has a good summary of what’s what. It’s an important symbolic milestone, suggesting that we’re heading into unsustainable water use territory by taking more water from the system each year than is returned by rain and snow upstream.  But in the midst of the freakout, there’s an important point that’s worth attention. ... ”  Read more from the Inkstain blog here:  Lower Colorado River water use projected to be lowest in two decades

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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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