Daily Digest: About that $17 billion water project: Delta tunnels 101; Battle continues against water weeds in the Delta; The water footprint of our everyday lives; Algae in drinking water causes Santa Clara Valley water officials to scramble; and more …

In California water news today, About that $17 billion water project: Delta tunnels 101; Battle continues against water weeds in the Delta; The water footprint of our everyday lives; Algae in drinking water causes Santa Clara Valley water officials to scramble; The power of Mother Nature; Sand Fire in Santa Clarita offers omens of a fiery future; and more …

In the news today …

About that $17 billion water project: Delta tunnels 101: This week, Governor Jerry Brown’s controversial water project is back in the public eye. State officials are launching a marathon series of hearings for the “twin tunnels,” as they’re known, that will ultimately decide the fate of the project. What are the Delta water tunnels? They’re two, 30-mile water tunnels that would be built in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, east of the San Francisco Bay Area. Each tunnel would be 40 feet in diameter, larger than the tunnels that carry BART trains under San Francisco Bay. The project, dubbed “California WaterFix,” would be buried 150 feet below ground. ... ”  Read more from KQED here:  About that $17 billion water project: Delta tunnels 101

Delta: Battle continues against water weeds:  “Every year, the state battles invasive water weed species in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The state Division of Boating and Waterways is at it again in 2016, and the hot, dry conditions created by the ongoing drought continue to make the job even harder.  In Discovery Bay, the Port of Stockton and around the Delta, the department is attempting to beat back familiar foes including water hyacinth and Egeria densa. Other culprits like varieties of water pennywort and primrose aren’t new to the Delta but have recently begun to pose a bigger problem. ... ”  Read more from the East Bay Times here:  Delta: Battle continues against water weeds

The water footprint of our everyday lives:  “In California we commonly debate how much water is used by agriculture, the environment, industry and urban users. We talk about water in terms of acre-feet and entire sectors. But we spend less time thinking about water on the individual level.  California’s water conservation mandate helped bring this back into focus, at least for a time. But the information on water usage provided by water utilities on our monthly bills is only a small part of how much water we really use.  If you want to get a better sense of your water usage there is an online tool, the Water Footprint Calculator, developed by GRACE Communications Foundation. ... ”  Read more from Water Deeply here:  The water footprint of our everyday lives

Algae in drinking water causes Santa Clara Valley water officials to scramble:  “On most sunny summer weekends, Coyote Lake, a 4-mile-long reservoir in the hills east of Morgan Hill, would be busy with people boating, water skiing and fishing for bass and blue gill.  But this Sunday, the boats were gone and the boat ramp was padlocked. Although camping and hiking at the county park are still allowed, the lake is closed for the rest of the year.  Water officials closed off the reservoir last Monday — nearly two months earlier than normal — after drawing the reservoir level down below the bottom of the boat ramp. Boating at nearby Anderson Reservoir could be shut down in a few weeks. ... ”  Read more from the San Jose Mercury News here:  Algae in drinking water causes Santa Clara Valley water officials to scramble

The power of Mother Nature:  “Conservation is a balancing act. Ecologists have the difficult task of altering natural landscapes for the public’s safety while also preserving the native species.  Local ecology experts Dr. Jon Keeley, Bobby Kamansky and Robert Hansen gave a tour of Kaweah Oaks Preserve and spoke on the effects of fire on wild lands Saturday morning.  The educational event was held six weeks after a wildfire burned through the preserve’s 50-acre Sycamore trail. … ”  Read more from the Visalia Times-Delta here:  The power of Mother Nature

Sand Fire in Santa Clarita offers omens of a fiery future:  “Wildfires are a normal part of life in Southern California. But what’s burning right now is not a normal fire.  As of midday Sunday, the Sand Fire had grown to 22,000 acres (34 square miles) — roughly the same size as the island of Manhattan — and was just 10 percent contained. In nearby Los Angeles, the fire prompted frequent references to the Apocalypse this weekend, as the large smoke plume dropped ash and blotted out the sun.  The fire, which started as a small brush fire along the side of Highway 14 near Santa Clarita, California, on Friday, quickly spread out of control under weather conditions that were nearly ideal for explosive growth. The fire doubled in size overnight on Friday, and then doubled again during the day on Saturday. … ”  Read more from Pacific Standard here:  Sand Fire in Santa Clarita offers omens of a fiery future

In commentary today …

Peter Gleick on California’s delusional thinking on water:  He writes: “I know, you’re tired of the drought. Tired of hearing about it, tired of trying to squeeze a little more savings out of your garden and indoor water use, tired of processing bad news about dying fisheries, drying wells, suffering farmers and dead trees.  I’m tired too: tired of studying and analyzing the impacts of this drought on California, after having done so for droughts between 1987 and 1992 and again between 2007-2009. Tired of trying to convince the public that we can’t let up in our fight to fix our water problems, and that the drought isn’t over because it rained and snowed a bit this winter.  Most of all, I’m tired of listening to people who argue we can continue to do things the way we’ve always done them.  That’s delusional thinking. A false hope. A con man’s promise. ... ”  Continue reading at the San Francisco Chronicle (hopefully) here:  California’s delusional thinking on water

More news and commentary in the weekend Daily Digest …

Daily Digest, weekend edition: Will the Delta tunnels get built? Twin tunnels on trial; Indigenous group sues state over recycled water management; How Metropolitan can be a good Delta neighbor; and more …

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