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DAILY DIGEST: Let’s dam the bay! How a daydream got sold as a grand solution; Wet fall on the Central Valley should help migrating birds; New study finds surprising culprit drives forest fire behavior; and more …

In California water news today, Let’s dam the bay! How a daydream got sold as a grand solution; Wet fall on the Central Valley should help migrating birds; New study finds surprising culprit drives forest fire behavior; Start-up is pitching a new type of bond to fix California’s wildfire and water woes; and more …

In the news today …

Let’s dam the bay! How a daydream got sold as a grand solution:  “In an age when Bay Area housing is in short supply, water is stretched and roads are jammed, it would be great if there were a simple answer to these tangled concerns.  Such as building two dams across the bay.  That was the panacea offered in 1949 to a U.S. Senate subcommittee that visited San Francisco to hear from a former song-and-dance man who was proposing nothing less than “to take over where nature left off and rebuild the bay for 20th century man.”  And instead of politely showing him the door, the officials followed up with a multiyear federal study. … ”  Read more from the SF Chronicle here:  Let’s dam the bay! How a daydream got sold as a grand solution

Wet fall on the Central Valley should help migrating birds:  “A wet autumn should continue a trend this year of improving habitat for Swainson’s hawks, western sandpipers and other migratory birds that arrive in the Sacramento Valley via the Pacific Flyway, a major north-south migratory route, each winter.  This year’s wet spring relieved drought conditions and led to an increase of California’s waterfowl population, according to an August report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The state’s population of ducks had dropped dramatically in 2015 because of the drought, but earlier this year the number of breeding ducks in California was up 30 percent over the year before, according to the wildlife service. ... ”  Read more from the Sacramento Bee here:  Wet fall on the Central Valley should help migrating birds

New study finds surprising culprit drives forest fire behavior:  “Temperatures are rising and forest fires, already larger and more frequent than the historical norm, are projected to increase dramatically with anthropogenic warming.  That’s the general consensus among scientists studying the relationship between fire activity and climate change in the Sierra Nevada. But a study released last week found an influence on past fire activity even greater than climate: human beings.  Since 1600, the way humans have used land in the Sierra has had more effect on fire behavior than climate change, said Valerie Trouet, associate professor of dendrochronology at the University of Arizona and lead coauthor of the study, published November 14 by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. … ”  Read more from Water Deeply here:  New study finds surprising culprit drives forest fire behavior

Start-up is pitching a new type of bond to fix California’s wildfire and water woes:  “Deep in the Stanislaus National Forest, an hour’s drive from the foothill town of Sonora, two forests stand side by side.  One is open and airy, with light that streams through gaps between vast sugar and ponderosa pines down to an almost bare forest floor. The other is so dense with brush and smaller trees that little sun peaks through, even at noon on a clear day. … ”  Read more from the LA Times here:  Start-up is pitching a new type of bond to fix California’s wildfire and water woes

In commentary today …

State lies about our rivers, Delta to feed its craving for ever more water, says Aubrey Bettancourt:  She writes, “If you go to your doctor and ask for prescription pain relievers even after you’re no longer in pain, that probably makes you an addict. Instead of killing pain, you need those pills to feed an addiction. And you will say anything to get those pain pills!  To an uninvolved bystander – or to an expert like your doctor – your need is just a craving.  One of California’s leading environmental agencies, the State Water Resource Control Board, is an addict and its drug of choice is our water. … ”  Read more from the Modesto Bee here:  State lies about our rivers, Delta to feed its craving for ever more water

Also on Maven’s Notebook today …

More news and commentary in the weekend edition of the Daily Digest …

DAILY DIGEST, weekend edition: To save SF Bay and its dying Delta, the State aims to re-plumb California; Sides brace for hearing over river flow plan; Drought hits another crop – Christmas trees; Trump win churns US-Mexico water talks; and more …

 

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About the Daily Digest: The Daily Digest is a collection of selected news articles, commentaries and editorials appearing in the mainstream press. Items are generally selected to follow the focus of the Notebook blog. The Daily Digest is published every weekday with a weekend edition posting on Sundays.

 

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