BLOG ROUND-UP: California water bureaucrats refuse to use a perfectly good water delivery system; The unintended consequences of laws; Delta tunnel; Plastic in the ocean; Drinking water systems; and more …

Baker Beach by Abe Kleinfield

In blogs this week: California water bureaucrats refuse to use a perfectly good water delivery system; The unintended consequences of laws; Delta tunnel:  MWD weighs moving intakes 20-30 miles north for sea level rise; A California Dream: Less Plastic in the Ocean; Who governs California’s drinking water systems?; and more …

blog-round-up-previous-editionsWho’s to Blame?: While President Trump attempts to fix a broken system, California water bureaucrats refuse to use a perfectly good water delivery system... Families Protecting the Valley writes, “The article below from USA Today (In California, Trump’s trade war threatens permanent damage to some agriculture) makes the case that President Donald Trump’s trade/tarriff war with China is the reason California farmers are hurting.  We think most farmers realize the President is trying to fix a broken trade policy.  It might hurt for a while but if it can be resolved things will be much better.  What hurts California farmers more than anything is California water policy. … ”  Read more from Families Protecting the Valley here: Who’s to Blame?

The unintended consequences of laws:  Don Wright writes, “Laws are imperfect. They are written, passed and enforced on imperfect people by imperfect people. According to the internet should you detonate a nuclear device in Chico you’ll receive a $500 fine. Best not wear cowboy boots in Blythe unless you own at least two cows or you’ll be in violation of the law. And in Fresno, it’s illegal to sell permanent markers within the city limits. I don’t know about Chico or Blythe but I live near Fresno and know the ordinance was part of an effort to reduce graffiti. A worthy goal but unenforceable and ineffective. While Chico hasn’t had a nuclear explosion it’s doubtful the $500 fine has been the true deterrent. The State of California has had its share of strange laws; some of which apply to agriculture and labor. … ”  Read more from the California Farm Water Coalition blog here: The unintended consequences of laws

Delta tunnel:  MWD weighs moving intakes 20-30 miles north for sea level rise:  Dierdre Des Jardins writes, “On Wednesday, August 28, 2019, the Sacramento Press Club hosted a panel discussion, “Droughts, tunnels & clean water.” The panel included Wade Crowfoot, Secretary of Natural Resources, Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager and CEO of Metropolitan Water District, and Jennifer Pierre, general manager of the State Water Contractors. Stuart Leavenworth from the LA Times moderated the panel. The Newsom administration has committed to modernizing Delta Conveyance to protect water supplies from earthquakes and sea level rise. In a July 8 update to the Metropolitan Water District’s Water Planning and Stewardship Committee, Crowfoot stated, “if you are a state agency and you are building infrastructure that you want to exist and be operating in 2100, you need to plan for between 5 and 10 feet of sea level rise.” … ”  Read more from the California Water Research blog here: Delta tunnel:  MWD weighs moving intakes 20-30 miles north for sea level rise

A California Dream: Less Plastic in the Ocean: Dean Bonner and Lori Pottinger write, “Friday is National Beach Day—an easy day to celebrate in California. The Golden State’s love of beaches is legendary, and as it happens it’s a legend backed by data. The latest PPIC environment survey found that three in four Californians (77%) say the condition of the ocean and beaches is very important to the state’s future economy and quality of life.  Californians are very concerned about a number of threats to their marine environment—including sea level rise, overfishing, and plastic pollution. Overwhelming majorities view plastic and marine debris as a big problem (72%) or somewhat of a problem (18%). Across age, education, income, and racial/ethnic groups, solid majorities say this is a big problem. … ”  Read more from the PPIC blog here: A California Dream: Less Plastic in the Ocean

Who governs California’s drinking water systems?  Kristin Dobbin and Amanda Fencl write, “A key feature of California’s drinking water system is the large number of individual water systems. There are approximately 3,000 Community Water Systems (CWSs) in the state, meaning systems that serve a residential population year-round (the remaining 5,000 of the state’s 8,000 Public Water Systems are non-community systems serve places like schools, daycare, hospitals, campgrounds, or businesses that serve at least 25 people but have transient or non-residential populations. Additionally there are an unknown number of unregulated water systems in the state that do not meet the 25 person or 15 connection size threshold for regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act. This extreme decentralization and fragmentation of governance results from local land use decisions, politics and a preference for local control by the state and locals. … ”  Read more from the California Water Blog here: Who governs California’s drinking water systems?

CSPA Submits Comments to EPA on New Selenium Criteria: “CSPA and a coalition of environmental, fishing and environmental justice organizations submitted comments to U.S. EPA regarding proposed federal water quality criteria for selenium applicable to California. A protective water quality criterion for selenium is essential not only for various aquatic species, through various lifecycles, during various seasons, but also for the protection of terrestrial wildlife and humans that consume aquatic species. … ”  Read more from the CSPA blog here: CSPA Submits Comments to EPA on New Selenium Criteria

The World’s Looming Water Crisis:  Richard Frank writes, “The World Resources Institute recently released a disturbing report chronicling increased, dire water shortages around the globe that threaten millions of the earth’s inhabitants.  Climate change is a major contributing factor.  Public health crises, social unrest and global political conflicts are the inevitable consequences if the problem is not addressed successfully–and soon.  “17 Countries, Home to One-Quarter of the World’s Population, Face Extremely High Water Stress“ paints a distressing picture indeed.  The report’s bottom line: catastrophic water shortages, once a rare occurrence, are happening with increased frequency across the globe. … ”  Read more from Legal Planet here: The World’s Looming Water CrisisDaily emails

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