DAILY DIGEST: A problem ‘too big to ignore’ — how years of congressional wrangling led to a water compromise; California, Trump Administration will clash over environmental policy; Will the wet start to the rainy season cure California’s drought?; and more …

In California water news today, A problem ‘too big to ignore’ — how years of congressional wrangling led to a water compromise; California, Trump Administration will clash over environmental policy; Will the wet start to the rainy season cure California’s drought?; and more …

In the news today …

A problem ‘too big to ignore’ — how years of congressional wrangling led to a water compromise:  “Few people expected a California water fight in the final days of a lame-duck Congress, and fewer still expected landmark water legislation to pit the state’s U.S. senators against each other in the last moments of their 24-year partnership.  It took years of negotiations, and the right political timing, to bring the first major water policy affecting California in decades through the House and Senate. Over frayed feelings and filibuster threats, both chambers overwhelmingly passed the bill, which changes how much water is pumped from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to San Joaquin Valley farmers and Southern California. … ”  Read more from the LA Times here:  A problem ‘too big to ignore’ — how years of congressional wrangling led to a water compromise

California, Trump Administration will clash over environmental policy:  “Serious clashes over environmental policy between California and President-elect Donald Trump’s administration are likely. Legal experts say to expect increased tension and litigation.   Legally, California’s environmental rules and programs could be challenged in a variety of ways by the Trump administration – putting at risk wildlife and coastal protections, land use regulations, and pollution controls. Rick Frank, director of the Environmental Law and Policy Center at UC Davis, says federal law prevails when in conflict with state or local law under the preemption doctrine. … ”  Read more from Capital Public Radio here:  California, Trump Administration will clash over environmental policy

Will the wet start to the rainy season cure California’s drought? October was wet, November dry. And December? The soft but steady rains this weekend were enough to push the Sacramento region to 155 percent of normal precipitation for the season.  And there’s more to come. After a break between storms, wet weather is expected to return Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. The wet system should linger over the region through Thursday, dropping two to three inches of rain in Sacramento and five to eight inches of rain and snow in the Sierra.  So what does that mean for California’s drought, now entering a sixth year? … ”  Read more from the Sacramento Bee here:  Will the wet start to the rainy season cure California’s drought?

River flows: Look at the data:  “Spawning adult salmon on the Stanislaus River — the linchpin of what irrigation districts within the Northern San Joaquin Valley describe as a massive water grab proposal by the state — have increased by a factor of five since 2007 when work started on the 3,500-page State Water Control Board plan.  Research data shows spawning numbers in 2015 were the 12th highest since 1950. How that is tied into hatchery practices, predators, and water temperatures and how they collaborate with surviving juvenile fish forms the foundation of the South San Joaquin Irrigation District’s — and that of its Stanislaus River partner the Oakdale Irrigation District — scientific argument against the state plan. ... ”  More from the Manteca Bulletin here:  Look at the data

Plenty more news and commentary in the weekend edition …

DAILY DIGEST, weekend edition: After years of drama, farmers win big in California water bill; Battle lines in California water wars are redrawn in the Trump era; How California plans to make conservation a way of life; and more …

Precipitation watch …

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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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