BLOG ROUND-UP: How California’s water bond money is being spent; Making water for the environment count in an era of change: Cautionary tales from Australia; The Salton Sea is dying – we can’t let that happen; and more …

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blog-round-up-previous-editionsHow California’s water bond money is being spent:  Jelena Jezdimirovic and Ellen Hanak write, “California has many unmet needs in its water system—most notably in the areas of flood protection, safe drinking water, stormwater treatment, and ecosystem support. While dedicated funding over the long term has been hard to come by, water bonds have helped fill some gaps in these areas. Looking at how the 2014 water bond is being spent can give us some insights into how bonds are turned into projects on the ground. This is particularly important as three new bond proposals are floated for 2018. … ”  Read more from the PPIC blog here:  How California’s water bond money is being spent

Making water for the environment count in an era of change: Cautionary tales from Australia:  Alison Whipple writes, “The specter of California drought looming again on the horizon gives renewed urgency for water policy and management reforms. Recent discussions reflect a growing recognition that our future depends on us making water count for both humans and the environment. For much of our state’s history, water has counted primarily in its capacity to supply water for cities and agriculture. Continued declines in California’s freshwater ecosystems and new and amplified threats under climate change make it clear additional reform is needed to maintain the character, functions and services of our riverine landscapes.  Sustaining California’s native freshwater ecosystems has been a persistent challenge even under the best of conditions, and in an era of climate change, compounding factors expands this challenge. … ”  Read more from the California Water Blog here:  Making water for the environment count in an era of change: Cautionary tales from Australia

Australia’s Water Management Controversy: Stefanie Schulte writes, “The old adage “when it rains, it pours” seems quite apt in the context of Australia’s recent water woes.  What started with a mainstream news report aired by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in late July about alleged water theft of Federal environmental water in Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin and purported maladministration by State Governments, soon forced both the Federal and State Governments to initiate a raft of inquiries and reviews into legislative, policy and practical implementation of compliance in water management across the Murray-Darling Basin. ... ”  Read more from the California Farm Water Coalition blog here:  Australia’s Water Management Controversy

Secret to success is teamwork: Tim Quinn writes, “At the Fall Conference & Exhibition in Anaheim, I presented an overview of ACWA’s impressive list of accomplishments during 2017, as guided by the Board of Directors’ Strategic Plan Goals. In addition to highlighting what we did, I focused on how we succeeded this year on many fronts.  As you know, I was away from the association for a few months earlier this year for health reasons. In the months prior to my leave, and as I read emails from home to stay in the loop during my leave, I was continually impressed by the way my staff collaborated and stepped up to ensure members’ needs were met. ... ”  Read more from ACWA’s Voices on Water blog here:  Secret to success is teamwork

December 2017: Risks to salmon: Tom Cannon writes, “With a potentially record-low rain total for December, the federal and state water projects are cutting reservoir releases but keeping up exports from the Delta, causing great peril to Central Valley salmon.  Figure 1 summarizes Delta conditions as of mid-December.  For juvenile winter run, spring run, fall run, and late fall run Chinook salmon migrating down the Sacramento River, the risk is obvious.  With nearly 40% of Sacramento River inflow diverted at Georgiana Slough and another 30% diverted at Threemile Slough, less than half of the Sacramento River’s inflow to the Delta is reaching the Bay.  Of the total Delta inflow, only 45-50% is reaching the Bay.  Nearly all the San Joaquin River Delta inflow is being exported. … ”  Read more from the California Fisheries blog here:  December 2017: Risks to salmon

WaterFix USFWS Biological Opinion:  Tom Cannon writes, “The US Fish and Wildlife Service’s biological opinion (USFWS BO) on the proposed “California WaterFix” (Delta Twin-Tunnels Project or CWF) concludes that the CWF will not jeopardize protected Delta smelt in the Bay-Delta.  In this post, I address the conclusions in the USFWS BO on the potential effects of WaterFix on Delta smelt.  This is another post in a series of posts on the WaterFix. … ”  Read more from the California Fisheries blog here:  WaterFix USFWS Biological Opinion

Fish food season in the Sacramento Valley:  The Northern California Water Association blog writes, “It is fish-food season in the Sacramento Valley. A private-public partnership of landowners, water districts, government agencies, conservation organizations and university researchers are again pursuing the Fish Food on Floodplain Farm Fields project in the Sacramento Valley. Channel 3 in Sacramento recently did the following story on this innovative program, which we encourage you to watch ... ”  Read more from the NCWA blog here:  Fish food season in the Sacramento Valley

The Salton Sea is dying – we can’t let that happen:  David Bacon writes, “When the dust rises in North Shore, a small farmworker town at the edge of the Salton Sea, Jacqueline Pozar’s nose often starts to bleed. Then her teacher at Saul Martinez Elementary School in nearby Mecca calls her mom, Maria, and asks her to come pick up her daughter.  Jacqueline is seven years old. “I feel really bad because I can’t do anything for her,” Maria Pozar says. “Even the doctor says he can’t do anything, that she’s suffering from the dust in the air. Most of the children in North Shore have this problem. He just says not to let them play outside.” … ”  Read more from the Sierra Magazine here:  The Salton Sea is dying – we can’t let that happen

Acting like the Colorado River drought contingency plan is done:  John Fleck writes, “When I stopped at Boulder Harbor on Lake Mead Tuesday morning as I drove into Las Vegas, I saw this field of salt cedar taking hold on what had been a mud flat left by Mead’s declining water levels. It’s a clumsy metaphor for what happens when you get comfortable with the levels of a 39 percent full/61 percent empty reservoir.  At this morning’s Colorado River Water Users Association plenary panel, five of the basin’s water management leaders spoke up about the status of the Drought Contingency Plan, the mystical “DCP”. … ”  Read more from the Inkstain Blog here:  Acting like the Colorado River drought contingency plan is done

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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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