BLOG ROUND-UP: Defending the need for food and water, water meetings, Delta tunnels revote, SGMA and DACs, Drought and climate change, Winter-run salmon, and more …

Lake Edison; Photo by Matsography

blog-round-up-previous-editionsWhy must we defend the need for food and water?  Todd Fitchette writes, “Ernest Hemingway is attributed with the notion that writing is simply a process of bleeding on one’s typewriter — except typewriters largely no longer exist, and we now live in an age of technological overload that can easily short the brain circuitry of folks with challenged attention spans (of which I am guilty as charged).  What this has to do with anything is perhaps only a means to illustrate how my mind, as an ag journalist, works as it is daily exposed to thoughts and ideas that do not always flow neatly together. Hang on as I get some thoughts down in pixels. … ” Read more from the Western Farm Press here:  Why must we defend the need for food and water?

“I applaud the SJVWIA for their nice use of natural light.”  On the Public Record writes, “Twitter served me a slow, sweet softball this morning.  Behold, two pictures of very recent meetings on the Friant.  I did not attend either meeting.  But we can discern some things, just from the pictures.  First, shall we note? … ”  Read more from On the Public Record here:  I applaud the SJVWIA for their nice use of natural light

Restore the Delta responds to MWD revote on Delta tunnels:  “Yesterday, Voice of San Diego reporter Ry Rivard broke news that the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) will revote on the Delta tunnels proposal this July in response to allegations made by Food and Water Watch California and the First Amendment Coalition that Metropolitan violated the Brown Act with multiple closed-door communications between MWD board directors, Governor Brown, and Department of Water Resources (DWR) Director Karla Nemeth before the official April 10 vote on CA WaterFix. … ”  Read more from Restore the Delta here:  Restore the Delta responds to MWD revote on Delta tunnels

SGMA struggles to overcome marginalization of disadvantaged communities:  Kristin Dobbins writes, “Small Disadvantaged Communities (DACs), or DACs with less than 10,000 people, have long been disproportionately affected by California’s water management woes such as groundwater overdraft and pollution. Now, new research from the UC Davis Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior shows that the majority of small DACs are not participating in the Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) formed to address them. ... ”  Read more from the California Water Blog here:  SGMA struggles to overcome marginalization of disadvantaged communities

Moving forward to improve access to safe drinking water:  On the heels of the Legislature’s action last week to not advance the water tax proposal as part of the state budget, there is a strong need and opportunity to move forward to improve access to safe drinking water for many more Californians.  All Californians deserve clean and safe drinking water, and there should be no higher priority in California water policy than addressing the lack of safe and reliable drinking water in some communities across the state. ... ”  Read more from the NCWA blog here:  Moving forward to improve access to safe drinking water

Drought, climate change – we know more than we used to: John Fleck writes, “Ben Cook, Justin Mankis, and Kevin Anchukaitis have an extremely helpful review paper in Current Climate Change Reports (ungated, thanks) sorting out what we do and don’t know about the impact of climate change on droughts.  The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report was cautious in its assessment of our knowledge of drought, reporting only “low confidence” in then-current assessments of the detection and attribution of a climate change impact on drought ... ”  Read more from the Inkstain blog here: Drought, climate change – we know more than we used to

More on the winter-run salmon decline:  Tom Cannon writes, “In a March 14, 2018 post, I discussed my long-held theory that the winter-run salmon decline was caused in large part by high fall exports from the Delta that began in the mid 1970s. In this post, I add some further insights on the theory and why it is so important.  First, when the State Water Project came on line in the late 1960’s, potential export pumping more than tripled from 4,400 cfs to 15,000 cfs. … ” Read more from the California Fisheries Blog here:  More on the winter-run salmon decline

Ensuring safe drinking water in the Sacramento Valley:  The Northern California Water Association Blog writes, “98 percent of Californians served by a public water system receive drinking water that meets all federal and state drinking water standards according to the State Water Resources Control Board’s Safe Drinking Water Plan for California (June 2015). In the Sacramento Valley (the northern part of the Great Central Valley), farmers, ranchers and refuge managers are working hard and doing their part to ensure safe drinking water for all of California. This includes working with the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board and its various regulatory programs to protect drinking water beneficial uses (generally known as MUN or domestic). … ”  Read more from the NCWA blog here:  Ensuring safe drinking water in the Sacramento Valley

Upper Basin demand management and flexibility for the Colorado River:  “For several years, an array of Colorado River Upper Basin stakeholders, including state agencies, farmers and ranchers, conservationists and municipal water managers have been partnering on innovative water conservation pilot projects to help ensure healthy flows and habitat in the river, maintain levels in Lake Powell and protect our vibrant agricultural communities.  Additional support is needed, though, to turn those pilot projects into a sustained, effective demand management and system conservation program that includes a water bank in Lake Powell to store the conserved water. ... ”  Read more from the American Rivers blog here:  Upper Basin demand management and flexibility for the Colorado River

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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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