BLOG ROUND-UP: San Francisco v. California; Trump memo; Cal Water Fix Consistency Determination; Delta smelt actions; Central Valley drinking water; and more …

River Road Bridge, Hart Park, Kern County; photo by David Seibold

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San Francisco v California: The City that never gave a damn about the San Joaquin Valley being sucked dry all of a sudden is concerned with the state’s plan to take their water.  Families Protecting the Valley writes, “We have to admit some feeling of satisfaction over San Francisco’s water officials trying to justify their opposition to the State Water Resources Control Board’s (SWRCB) plan to send more water down the rivers and out to sea instead of allowing it to be used by humans in San Francisco.  The City that never gave a damn about the San Joaquin Valley being sucked dry all of a sudden is concerned with the state’s plan to take their water. ... ”  Read more from Families Protecting the Valley here:  San Francisco v California

Trump Administration Declares War On The Delta To Save GOP House Seats:  Restore the Delta writes, “Bettina Boxall of the Los Angeles Times reports this afternoon that President Trump has signed off on a plan led by Deputy Secretary of the Interior and former Westlands lobbyist, David Barnhardt, calling for “federal agencies to speed up their environmental review of major water projects in California and to develop plans to suspend or revise regulations that hamper water deliveries.”While the LA Times reports that the directive will have little impact and appears more an effort to support GOP Congressional candidates, Restore the Delta notes that the Valadao and Calvert riders have been placed in the pending Department of Interior Appropriations Bill.  The Calvert rider would strip Delta residents of the ability to litigate against the Delta WaterFix tunnels project, while the Valadao rider would eliminate the ability of residents to litigate against injury caused by operation of the Central Valley and State Water projects. In effect, Delta residents would have no say in the management of the watershed they live in, and no way to address harm from degraded water quality. ... ”  Read more from Restore the Delta here: Trump Administration Declares War On The Delta To Save GOP House Seats

Delta Protection Commission: WaterFix inconsistent with Delta Reform Act and Delta Plan:  Deirdre Des Jardins writes, “The Delta Stewardship Council will be holding a hearing from Wednesday, October 24 through Friday 26, 2018 on nine appeals of the certification by the Department of Water Resources that the WaterFix project is consistent with the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Plan. The WaterFix project has been strongly opposed by Delta local government agencies. All of the Delta counties have filed appeals, including Sacramento County, and San Joaquin, Yolo, Contra Costa, and Solano Counties, which filed a joint appeal with Local Agencies of the North Delta. The City of Stockton also filed an appeal. In a dramatic development, the Delta Protection Commission sent a strongly worded recommendations to the Delta Stewardship Council on Friday, October 19, stating that the WaterFix project is inconsistent with the Delta Reform Act and the Delta Plan, and recommending that the project be remanded to DWR. ... ”  Read more from the California Water Research blog here:  Delta Protection Commission: WaterFix inconsistent with Delta Reform Act and Delta Plan

Delta smelt resiliency strategy: Update Fall 2018:  “A summer pulse flow through the Yolo Bypass via the Colusa Basin Drain (Figure 1) was implemented in September per the Delta Smelt Resilience Strategy’s North Delta Food Web Action (Figure 2). I reviewed the initial application of the action in July 2016, concluding then there was no evidence that the action would meet its overall goals, but that the approach had potential.  The basic concept is this: … ”  Read more from the California Fisheries Blog here:  Delta smelt resiliency strategy: Update Fall 2018

California Fisheries blog on the final environmental documents for the Sacramento Deep Water Ship Channel Nutrient Enrichment Project:  Tom Cannon writes, “A September 24, 2018 Reclamation press release announces: The Bureau of Reclamation has issued final environmental documents for the Sacramento Deep Water Ship Channel Nutrient Enrichment Project. The project’s purpose is to determine if the addition of nitrogen can stimulate (fish food organisms) production in a section of the ship channel, which is isolated from the Delta in terms of water flow. … The press release and project Final Environmental Assessment (EA) are misleading in representing existing conditions and future project benefits. ... ”  Read more from the California Fisheries blog here: California Fisheries blog on the final environmental documents for the Sacramento Deep Water Ship Channel Nutrient Enrichment Project

Tackling safe drinking water in the San Joaquin Valley:  Lori Pottinger writes, “Unsafe drinking water is a significant problem in parts of California, especially in small, disadvantaged rural communities. We talked to Maria Herrera—a California water commissioner and community development manager at Self-Help Enterprises—about how to tackle this ongoing problem.  PPIC: What’s behind California’s safe drinking water problem?  Maria Herrera: Too many California residents still lack access to safe drinking water. In the San Joaquin Valley, drinking water delivered by small water systems and private domestic wells is contaminated by many natural and manmade contaminates. Typical water quality issues for valley communities are contamination from nitrate, arsenic, uranium and a chemical called 1,2,3-TCP. … ”  Read more from the PPIC blog here:  Tackling safe drinking water in the San Joaquin Valley

Prop 3 has strong and diverse support throughout California:  The Northern California Water Association writes, “On November 6, California voters will have the opportunity to pass Proposition 3, the largest environmental habitat and water bond in California’s history.  Proposition 3 will make significant investments to help serve water for multiple benefits in the Sacramento Valley and throughout California.  Proposition 3 makes important and unprecedented investments in fish and wildlife, safe drinking water for cities and rural communities, and groundwater management. Proposition 3 has broad and diverse support from all over California as seen in the support list at: Yes on 3. The ballot argument for Proposition 3 shown below highlights many of these diverse views on why Proposition 3 is an important investment in California’s future. ... ”  Read more from the Northern California Water Association blog here:  Prop 3 has strong and diverse support throughout California

Colorado’s east-west water divide poses risks for completion of a Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan: John Fleck writes, “While Colorado River Basin folks have been paying obsessive attention to Arizona’s struggle to come up with an internal agreement to cut back on its use of Colorado River, a second within-state argument, less noticed, has emerged into public in the state of Colorado that also poses risk for getting the Colorado River’s Drought Contingency Plan signed by the end of the year.  At issue is the path Colorado takes to reducing its use of water in the event of an Upper Colorado River Basin shortage. … ”  Read more from the Inkstain blog here: Colorado’s east-west water divide poses risks for completion of a Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan

Men, Women, and Water: Gender predicts concern for water utility issues:  “Do men and women think differently about their water utilities? In a recent post I wrote about some findings from a Texas A&M Institute for Science, Technology & Public Policy (ISTPP) public opinion survey that included questions taken directly from the American Water Works Association (AWWA) State of the Water Industry survey. The ISTPP survey’s sample of nearly 2,000 individuals was carefully crafted to be representative of the US population, and so is a goldmine of public perceptions about water. I’m blogging about interesting findings here as time allows; today I’m looking at gender. ... ”  Read more from Manny Teodoro here:  Men, Women, and Water: Gender predicts concern for water utility issues

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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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