BLOG ROUND-UP: Westlands drainage settlement, Cal Water Fix, groundwater recharge, are discharges to groundwater subject to the Clean Water Act?, and more …

Committee rejects Westlands drainage settlement rider to NDAA, but big ag vows to keep fighting:  Dan Bacher writes, “In a victory for salmon and the Delta, a Conference Committee rejected Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s attempt to add H.R. 1769, Representative David Valadao’s rider approving the Westlands Water District settlement on toxic irrigation drainage, to the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act).  A […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Water quality and changing talking points, Moving salmon over dams, 6 more with Lucy, An agency hijacked, and more …

Water Quality?  It is now time to paint on a second layer of control by changing the talking points from “drought”, “subsidence”, and “aquifer recharge”, to “water quality”:  Families Protecting the Valley writes, “Wayne Western is a San Joaquin Valley farmer who writes clear-thinking blogs about water issues, one of which we pass along to you for your weekend reading:  […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: The spawning dead: Why zombie fish are the anti-apocalypse; 25th anniversary of water reform law provides perspective on progress and challenges; Water is life, relationality, and tribal sovereignty; Enhancing Oroville hatchery salmon contribution; and more …

The spawning dead:  Why zombie fish are the anti-apocalypse:  Mollie Ogaz writes, “Imagine you are on the bank of a river or stream in California’s Central Valley. It is just past sunset, leaves rustle overhead, and you feel a tingling along your spine. Suddenly a zombie fish leaps past you, patches of decomposed flesh visible as it streaks by. It’s […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Delta tunnels, California wildfires, Delta smelt, salmon, and more …

Santa Clara voted – on something:  Alex Brietler writes, “The Santa Clara Valley Water District says it voted to support the California WaterFix today.  But did it? The Mercury News describes the vote as a rejection of the Fix, because Santa Clara’s board conditioned its approval on “considering an approach” that incorporates one tunnel instead of two tunnels.  The Sacramento […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Cal Water Fix, Fall X2, groundwater recharge, birds, fish, and more …

Piercing the veil of opposition to the California Water Fix:  John Mirisch writes, “While I was walking back to my seat in the Metropolitan Water District Board Room after having made comments in support of the California Water Fix, a stubbly dude in a porkpie hat looked up and sneered loudly at me, “A**hole!”  One might think that I had […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Delta tunnels, water for fish, AB 313, SGMA, hurricanes and flood insurance, and more …

In the nation’s poorest big city, tunnel supporters push to raise water bills based on nostalgia and not facts:  Jeffrey Michael writes, “After 11 years of planning, the $17 billion WaterFix project has no viable financial plan (other than approving a blank check from southern california water ratepayers), no benefit-cost analysis justifying the project, a negative environmental assessment, and a […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: The San Francisco Bay Delta gets trumped; Water Fix and the myth of reliability; California Water Fix: History’s winding road to ‘yes’; Westlands has said no before; The shift from ‘they should’ to ‘we are’; and more blog commentary …

The San Francisco Bay Delta gets trumped:  Kate Poole writes, “Last week, President Trump’s Department of the Interior decided to exempt itself and the California State Water Project from rules protecting threatened native fish and their critical habitat in the Bay-Delta estuary. These rules are called “Fall X2,” and they require maintaining freshwater habitat in the Delta further west in […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Water Fix chaos, colonized Delta, and California democracy; Gray’s bill; Storing water for dry days; What is Sustainable Groundwater Management in Yolo County; and more …

Water Fix chaos, colonized Delta, and California democracy:  Restore the Delta writes, “In water agencies all over California right now, fevered phone calls between general managers and directors and attorneys and engineers are likely happening because of Westlands Water District’s vote to reject California WaterFix on September 19th:  Will the project have to get smaller or stay the same?   Will […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Has California seen its agricultural ‘heyday?’, Delta tunnels and salmon, Salmon solutions in the Sac Valley, and more …

Has California seen its agricultural ‘heyday?’ Todd Fitchette writes, ” … Like the recent solar eclipse which cast a shadow across North America, water restrictions and regulatory constraints continue to darken success among the state’s agricultural sector, according to two well-known and respected California farmers.  A.G. Kawamura, the former Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) under […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Trusting the tunnels: For many, it just got harder; New report finds big mismatches in SoCal water plans; On the Public Record’s list of dangerous ideas in water management; Improving water management: Can Silicon Valley help?; and more …

Trusting the tunnels: For many, it just got harder:  Alex Brietler writes, ““Beneficiary pays.” It is one of the bedrock promises of the Delta tunnels plan, one which I have seen repeated time and again at public meetings, in interviews and in boatloads of documents over the past 11 years.  “Those who would benefit from the tunnels would pay for […]

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