BLOG ROUND-UP: Bloggers on solutions for the Delta, San Joaquin flow objectives, the Delta tunnels, the Trump Administration; Water Year 2016; and more …


From the blogs this week, Solutions for the Delta; Welcome to our world: “For the sake of 1,000 more fish we can recreate the days of the Dust Bowl.”; San Diego pushes back on Delta tunnels proposal; For Stockton, tunnels about quality AND quantity; Is 2017 the year for a water policy breakthrough?; Will Trump’s victory defeat the environment?; After the election: The Potential Effects of a Donald Trump Presidency on Water Policy and the Agriculture Industry; Water Year 2016; and Human use of restored and naturalized Delta landscapes

Solutions for the Delta:  Caitrin Chapelle writes, “California asks a lot of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. This vast, watery landscape is expected to be the ultimate multitasker—a major source of water for cities and farms, a critical aquatic ecosystem, and a center for recreation and tourism. No wonder it’s showing serious signs of stress.  At the Bay Delta Science Conference last week, experts gathered to present and discuss the science of the Delta’s many difficult challenges.  Speakers focused on ways to make this science more useful for policymakers, linking data and decisions to come up with science-based solutions, and using them as the foundation for stakeholders to find common ground over contentious issues. … ”  Read more from the PPIC Blog here:  Solutions for the Delta

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San Diego pushes back on Delta tunnels proposal:  Restore the Delta writes, “Yesterday, San Diego County Water Authority’s General Manager, Maureen Stapleton, sent a letter to CA Natural Resources Secretary John Laird asserting that Dr. David Sunding’s economic analysis for the Delta Tunnels project “may significantly overstate Southern California’s future demand for water from the Bay-Delta.”  Ms. Stapleton’s letter explains that Dr. Sunding’s economic analysis used water planning assumptions from Metropolitan Water District’s 2015 Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) regarding the need for San Francisco Bay-Delta water. However, as Ms. Stapleton points out, MWD’s 2015 IRP only included local projects that were recently completed or under construction. In other words, MWD’s Integrated Resources Plan “…ignores the reality that MWD’s member agencies plan to develop hundreds of thousands of more local water supplies over the next 25 years.” … ”  Read more from Restore the Delta here:  San Diego pushes back on Delta tunnels proposal

For Stockton, tunnels about quality AND quantity:  Alex Brietler writes, “One detail was omitted from last week’s write-up on the city of Stockton’s concerns about how the Delta tunnels might impact the city’s new water treatment plant.  This is a bit wonky. Stick with me.  The story is all about the city’s fear that water quality will deteriorate at the intake for its $220 million drinking water plant, forcing expensive treatment upgrades that could jack up rates, theoretically, by up to 200 percent. … ”  Read more from the Stockton Record here:  For Stockton, tunnels about quality AND quantity

Is 2017 the year for a water policy breakthrough?  Tim Quinn writes, “As the water community gathers in Anaheim next week for ACWA’s 2016 Fall Conference & Exhibition, change will be a prominent theme.  From the transition to a new federal administration to developments on key policy issues, I expect plenty of lively dialog as we take stock of the uncertainties, challenges and opportunities ahead in 2017.  As with most presidential elections – perhaps even more so this time around – the stage is set for change and an opening to make progress on water policy in Washington, D.C. While we don’t yet know exactly what the incoming Trump Administration will look like, there is an opportunity to create a state-federal partnership that can help advance the coequal goals. … ”  Read more from ACWA’s Voices on Water here:  Is 2017 the year for a water policy breakthrough?

Will Trump’s victory defeat the environment?  David Festa writes, “Like all Americans, I woke up on November 9 to a new reality: A few more Democrats in Congress, and yes, a President-elect who promised to dismantle our nation’s core environmental protections.  Though the overwhelming majority of rural counties voted for Donald Trump, I do not believe they voted to increase air and water pollution or jeopardize wildlife.  We live in amazing times. Compared to 40 years ago, our environment is healthier, even as our economy has grown 300 percent. ... ”  Read more from Growing Returns here:  Will Trump’s victory defeat the environment?

After the election: The Potential Effects of a Donald Trump Presidency on Water Policy and the Agriculture Industry: Jeff Simonetti writes, “Now that Donald Trump is beginning his transition to the White House, many citizens and businesses are wondering how his policies will affect their lives and businesses. In particular, how will his policies affect water policy and the agriculture industry? There are three policy areas that I will address in this post related to the Trump presidency: Water and the environment, immigration and foreign trade. While every politician makes campaign promises, in actuality, it is much more complicated to implement these proposals, even with Republicans retaining majorities in the House and Senate. I will also address some of the challenges he will face implementing these campaign promises. … ”  Read more from the Hydrowonk blog here:  After the election: The Potential Effects of a Donald Trump Presidency on Water Policy and the Agriculture Industry

Water Year 2016: Tom Cannon writes, “At an October 27, 2016 meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, John Leahigh, Department of Water Resources chief operator for the State Water Project, briefed the council on Water Year 2016. Precipitation-runoff and reservoir storage were up considerable compared to 2014 and 2015.  However exports were lower than expected, with reduced deliveries – only 5 to 75% – to south of Delta water contractors. ... ” Read more from the California Fisheries blog here:  Water Year 2016

Human use of restored and naturalized Delta landscapes:  Brett Milligan and Alejo Kraus-Polk write, “Current legislation and plans for the California Delta call for restoring tens of thousands of acres of aquatic and terrestrial habitat, which will require large changes in land uses and cultural patterns.  In addition to planned ‘restoration’, unplanned ‘naturalization’ also occurs in the Delta, from the flooding of islands or the abandonment of previously managed land.  These newly feral or semi-wild landscapes will remain subject to human use and give rise to new scientific, economic, and recreational uses.  We recently completed a study of how restored and naturalized landscapes are being used by people, the effects of those uses, and how those uses might be better planned. … ”  Read more from the California Water Blog here:  Human use of restored and naturalized Delta landscapesDaily emails

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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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