BLOG ROUND-UP: Delta tunnel costs and financing, The freezer of horrors, Climate change and water policy, and more …

The cost of the Delta tunnel threatens SoCal’s water future

Doug Obegi writes, “Amidst everything going on in the world these days, it’s easy to miss that the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Met) is in the process of setting the course for Southern California’s water future, through a process called the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The IRP is intended to be a road map that will guide Met’s investments over the next 25 years, helping the Board of Directors to make choices about how to plan to meet demand for water in an environmentally responsible and cost-effective way. Encouragingly, Southern California is well positioned to thrive for the next few decades with significantly less imported water than today, by investing in local water supply projects that create drought resilient water supplies and create good paying local jobs. Indeed, a recent report from the PPIC found that “significant declines in water demand have reduced pressure on supplies during normal and wet years for many agencies, making reliability for future droughts the primary concern,” and also concluded that many local water supply projects are cost-competitive with imported water from the Delta and more will be cost-competitive in the future as the price of imported water increases. ”  Read more from the NRDC here: The cost of the Delta tunnel threatens SoCal’s water future

“General Bond Resolution” could fund twin tunnels project in stages

Deirdre Des Jardins writes, “Environmental groups have been strongly critical of the Department of Water Resources’ “blank check” Delta Program Revenue Bond / General Bond Resolution..  The General Bond Resolution is expected to fund Governor Newsom’s Delta tunnel project, which is currently estimated to cost $15.9 billion.  The State Water Contractors have countered that DWR is simply “validating its own authority to issue revenue bonds to raise funds.” … ”  Read more from the California Water Research blog here:  “General Bond Resolution” could fund twin tunnels project in stages

The freezer of horrors

Miranda Bell-Tilcock, Jamie Sweeney, and Malte Willmes write, “Down the dark corridors of the Watershed Sciences building are freezers of dead fish. Frozen Chinook Salmon carcasses and their dissected eyes and muscles in neat vials are stacked next to White Sturgeon fin clips, Striped Bass scales, and tubes of stomach contents. This might sound like the stuff of horror movies, but these freezers are vital to understanding our native California fishes.  Each of these different fish parts tells a different part of its life history. ... ”  Read more from the California Water News blog here: The freezer of horrors

Climate change and the water policy funnel

Jon Fleck writes, “Climate change, as I’ve often heard Brad Udall point out, is water change. By that, Brad means that the effect of a changing climate on people and ecosystems is most clearly felt through changes in how much water there is.  I’ve been thinking about this question a lot as I work on three related projects – one in class with UNM Water Resources Program students, and two collaborations on papers with students and colleagues – that look at the implications of declining river flows on the Lower Colorado River. … ”  Read more from the Inkstain blog here:  Climate change and the water policy funnel

Improving drinking water safety, access, and consumption in the U.S.

Christina A. Hecht writes, “Tap water stands at the intersection of multiple issue areas including water resources, the environmental impacts of beverage choices, and infrastructure needs. Tap water is also a public health issue. COVID-19, for example, has elevated the need for tap water access for basic hygiene such as handwashing.  The University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources Nutrition Policy Institute (NPI), coordinator of the National Drinking Water Alliance, puts a focus on plain water as a healthy replacement for sugar-sweetened beverages. … ”  Read more from the Confluence here:  Improving drinking water safety, access, and consumption in the U.S.

And lastly … Keep looking forward: 20 Instagram accounts for environmental inspiration

These days many of us have a natural inclination to “doomscroll” — that constant refreshing of social media so we can gnash our teeth at the most recent bad news.  There’s an alternative. Let’s call it hopescrolling — the art and act of looking for beautiful things and important information to keep us inspired.  With the pandemic and election results still looming over our heads, here are 20 of our favorite nature- and environment-related Instagram accounts. May they fill your days with beauty and drive you to fight for the planet. … ”  Check it out at The Revelator here:   Keep looking forward: 20 Instagram accounts for environmental inspiration

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