BLOG ROUND-UP: Why Californians are not conserving water this drought; A possible chance to save some Sacramento River salmon in 2021; Of course San Diego water use is up – local water authority leaders told us we had enough water till 2045; and more …

Why Californians are not conserving water this drought.

On the Public Record responds to news reports that Californians only conserved 1.8% last month while the Newsom Administration is calling for a 15% reduction, writing, “There are two things going on here. The first is that Governor Newsom and his water officials don’t have the pull to get good response to a public call for conservation. The second is that the burdening the public with behavior changes to save water has always been a symptom of failure. We should never have been proud that we made people’s lives harder in the course of getting through a drought. … ”  Read the full post at On the Public Record here:  Why Californians are not conserving water this drought.

A possible chance to save some Sacramento River salmon in 2021

Tom Cannon writes, “The 2021 target upper water temperature limit for salmon spawning and gravel-bed egg incubation below Shasta/Keswick dams on the Sacramento River near Redding was 55oF.  It is a little late for that now.  Since September 1, Keswick releases have been greater than 56.5ºF, and are now approaching 58ºF.  That’s too warm for the winter-run salmon who have finished spawning (Figures 1 and 2).  But what about the far larger run of fall-run salmon during their peak October spawning?  Can water temperatures downstream of Keswick be lowered back to 55oF in October?  The answer is a qualified yes. … ”  Read more from the California Fisheries blog here: A possible chance to save some Sacramento River salmon in 2021

Of course San Diego water use is up – local water authority leaders told us we had enough water till 2045

Frank Gormlie writes, “The big news is that despite Gov. Newsom’s appeal for Californians to cut water use, water use in San Diego County actually went up.  According to new data, water use rose 1.3 percent in San Diego.  In contrast it dropped overall across Southern California – but only by 0.1 per cent – and also rose in LA by 0.7 per cent. In greater contrast water suppliers in the North Coast region reported a 16.7 percent decrease in water usage, while San Francisco Bay Area water use dropped 8.4 percent. On average, Californians reduced water use by just 1.8 percent statewide during July as compared to the same month last year. … ” Read more from the OB Rag here: Of course San Diego water use is up – local water authority leaders told us we had enough water till 2045

Taking climate change seriously: the Colorado River “stress test”

John Fleck writes, “The Bureau of Reclamation Colorado River team did something remarkable in yesterday’s release of its new 5-year reservoir levels analysis – the “stress test”, a methodology pioneered a decade ago by an Upper Colorado River Basin technical team that included John Carron of Hydros and Eric Kuhn and Dave Kanzer of the Colorado River District is now the “new normal”, to borrow a terrible phrase. From the “5-year projections approach tab” here:  The method used to generate future inflows in the current projections includes resampling a subset of the historical natural flow record (1988-2019) using the Index Sequential Method (ISM), referred to here as “Stress Test” hydrology. … ”  Read more from the Inkstain blog here: Taking climate change seriously: the Colorado River “stress test”

Divine intervention should not be required for safe water

Reverend Edward Pinkney writes, “I decided to become a pastor because I’m called to serve people and have spent my life working to further social and economic justice as instructed in Micah 6:8. The skills that make a good pastor include empathy, strong communication skills and a passion for the community in which you serve.  I love Benton Harbor. Each day I wake up I’m committed to doing everything I can to make it a good place to work and raise a family. I have witnessed and experienced the power of prayer, but all the prayers in the world aren’t enough to keep a community healthy and vibrant without clean drinking water.  For the past three years Benton Harbor has had elevated levels of lead in the drinking water. … ”  Continue reading at the NRDC here: Divine intervention should not be required for safe water

 

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