Montreal Botanical gardens, August 2013 Photo by Juraj Patekar.

BLOG ROUND-UP: Water projects exported massive amounts of Delta water over the past decade; Why do we have to choose between food, agriculture, and fish?; Voluntary agreements are a bad deal; A solution to the Klamath’s recurring water crises; and more …

State and Federal Projects exported massive amounts of Delta water over the past decade

Dan Bacher writes, “Here is a revised version of my brief presentation to the State Water Resources Control Board on March 4 regarding the Bureau of Reclamation’s temperature management that will devastate salmon populations on the Central Valley rivers:  I’m Dan Bacher, an independent journalist that has been covering fish, water and environmental justice issues for over 35 years.  I ask you to reject the Bureau of Reclamation’s temperature management plan – and to adopt a management plan that protects the public trust, salmon and the Tribal, commercial and recreational fishing communities that depend on salmon in the Sacramento and Klamath-Trinity watersheds.  It is important to note that in 8 out of the past 10 years, the combined water exports from the state and federal water projects have exceeded the 3 million acre feet annual export figure that many believe to be the maximum amount of water that can be exported from the Delta without destroying the ecosystem and harming fish species. ... ”  Continue reading at the Daily Kos here:  State and Federal Projects exported massive amounts of Delta water over the past decade

Why do Californians have to choose between food, agriculture, and fish?

Katy Grimes writes, “The long time political dispute between California farmers and state and federal water regulators predates the latest drought and will continue long after, unless some political honesty takes place.  Most of the media and public officials paint California farmers and ranchers as the biggest water wasters in the state. Yet California’s farmers and ranchers have made huge strides in improving efficient water management over the years — it’s in their best interest to do so, not only economically, but to save and conserve natural resources. Farmers and ranchers are some of the best, most efficient and effective conservationists California has.  Yet California farms and businesses are starved of water year after year. Lawmakers and federal environmental regulators annually authorize billion gallons of water to flow out to the ocean, instead of being used for human consumption.  This is environmental extremism at its worst, and it is killing California agriculture. … ”  Read more from the California Globe here: Why do Californians have to choose between food, agriculture, and fish?

Voluntary agreements are a bad deal for California’s fish and wildlife

Doug Obegi writes, “On Friday, a coalition of conservation groups, fishing organizations, stakeholders in the Delta, and the Winnemem Wintu Tribe sent this letter to the Biden Administration, urging the Administration not to endorse the so-called “Voluntary Agreements” for the Bay-Delta watershed. Unfortunately, the State of California continues to negotiate backroom deals with the biggest water users in the State that fails to protect and restore water quality in the Bay-Delta, threatening thousands of fishing jobs, farms and communities in the Delta, and the health of this watershed and its native fish and wildlife. Instead of endorsing this bad deal, our coalition asks the Biden Administration to set aside the Trump Administration’s fatally flawed biological opinions and engage in a transparent, science-based, public process before the State Water Resources Control Board to establish new water quality standards for the Bay-Delta watershed. … ”  Read more from the NRDC here: Voluntary agreements are a bad deal for California’s fish and wildlife

CSPA & Allies Tell Biden Administration Not to Endorse Flawed Voluntary Agreements

On May 7, 2021, CSPA joined a broad coalition of organizations in a letter urging the Biden Administration not to endorse so-called “voluntary agreements” that propose inadequate environmental requirements for the San Francisco Bay-Delta and its tributaries.   The letter was addressed to Secretary Haaland of the Department of the Interior and Secretary Raimondo of the Department of Commerce.  The groups expressed serious concerns that some agencies of the State of California are negotiating behind closed doors with numerous water districts, without participation from conservation and environmental justice organizations, fishing industry groups, or Native American tribes. ... ”  Continue reading at the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance here:  CSPA & Allies Tell Biden Administration Not to Endorse Flawed Voluntary Agreements

DWR Chief Engineer warned of climate change draining northern California reservoirs

Deirdre Des Jardins writes, “Governor Newsom’s drought emergency declaration is a direct consequence of the draining of Shasta, Folsom, and Oroville reservoirs by the Central Valley Project and State Water Project to export water from the Delta. Emergency operation of these major reservoirs will be a disaster for the Delta ecosystem, and will also have severe impacts on Delta water quality, migratory waterfowl, and Sacramento Valley and Delta agriculture.  People say, “at the start of every disaster movie there is a scientist being ignored.” For the past 15 years, modelers studying climate change impacts on the CVP and SWP have repeatedly warned of the need to modify reservoir operations to deal with climate change. … ”  Read more from California Water Research here: DWR Chief Engineer warned of climate change draining northern California reservoirs

It’s time for a solution to the Klamath’s recurring water crises

Felice Pace writes, “Once again the Klamath River Basin is in a “water crisis.” With not enough water to fulfill all needs and demands, irrigators, federal tribes and fishermen are all clamoring for more water and for “emergency disaster assistance” from the federal government. In the middle are the federal and state agencies charged with meeting competing needs of threatened and endangered fish, water rights law and irrigator demands.  Meanwhile the organization People’s Rights has called for irrigators to “STAND UP AND PROTECT YOUR PRIVATE PROPERTY, YOUR WATER!” According to a report from The Counter, “People’s Rights is the far-right militia group founded by Ammon Bundy, known for leading a takeover of a federal wildlife refuge in 2016.” ... ”  Read more from the Klam Blog here: It’s time for a solution to the Klamath’s recurring water crises

Art and Water Management – Randomness and Patterns

Jay Lund writes, “Much of water management draws on patterns involving randomness. This is typically done in building models based on organizing equations, but has some relevance to art. The following is a collection of art that relates randomness and patterns with reflections on water management. … ”  Read and view at the California Water Blog here:  Art and Water Management – Randomness and Patterns

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