Blog round-up: Historically low San Luis Reservoir highlights broken water system; Praying to the wrong Gods; Taking the very long view on California drought; and more …

Trinity Divide by Joe Parks

Historically Low San Luis Reservoir Highlights Broken Water System: Tim Quinn writes, “If you need a sign that the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is broken, look no further than San Luis Reservoir. Despite near-average precipitation this year and healthy storage in other north state reservoirs, San Luis is so precipitously low that deliveries were nearly shutoff in early August.  Meanwhile Shasta […]

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Blog round-up: Delta Tunnels hearing: the view from the cheap seats; Saving the Delta smelt; What do Californians get in exchange for ‘feeding the world’?; and much more …

Two eages on the Trinity BLM

Delta Tunnels hearing: the view from the cheap seats: Alex Breitler writes, “Just for fun, here are a few random thoughts after the first three weeks of the water board’s twin tunnels hearing.  Disclaimer: I haven’t attended in person yet, and I’ve probably seen less than half of the hearing on webcast. Gotta have some time to actually report on […]

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Blog round-up: MWD rolls the dice with our water supplies during drought; “Stress test” results are a good news story; On the Public Record and recommendations for the incoming president; How green is my water?; and more …

Venice Beach B Malarkey sliderbox

MWD rolls the dice with our water supplies during drought:  Tracy Quinn writes, “One would think an agency caught in the grips of one of the worst droughts California has ever seen would handle and account for its water supply with extreme prudence.  And yet, in attempting to avoid mandatory conservation measures, the Metropolitan Water District has grossly overestimated its […]

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Blog round-up: Accounting and accountability in CA water; Some thoughts for Bruce Babbitt; Tunnels and standards: Enough water for both?; Farming for more than crops and cash; and more …

Paradise Royale Mountain Biking Trail

Accounting and accountability in California water:  Doug Obegi writes, “There is a certain satisfaction in watching the bad guys brought to justice in just a single hour of Law & Order. The police find the criminal, the District Attorneys prosecute, and justice is served.  In the world of California water, however, things are never so easy.   It is commonly held […]

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Blog round-up: Bloggers on the Delta tunnels, the Delta smelt plan, A Ninja strategy to fight drought, desalination economics, water accounting, and more …

Central Coast late afternoon BLM

Jason Peltier is still making sense on delta tunnel economics: Dr. Jeff Michael writes, “A look back 4 years shows the WaterFix is an even worse financial deal than the BDCP. Jason Peltier was quoted on tunnel economics in the Sunday Sacramento Bee, “How can we go to farmers and urban customers and say, ‘We’re going to pay our portion […]

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Blog round-up: MWD boss on being a ‘good neighbor’, Delta smelt, water management, SGMA, Prop 1, and more …

Lighthouse on an island Central Coast BLM photo

MWD boss on being a ‘good neighbor’:  Alex Breitler writes, “Now that the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California officially owns 20,000 acres of Delta farmland, a question asked of General Manager Jeff Kightlinger at a public forum last week becomes even more relevant.  The question: As an absentee landowner in the Delta, what does it mean to Metropolitan to be […]

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Blog round-up: Tree mortality, instream flows, latest Delta lawsuit, tunnel talk, groundwater, water storage, and more …

DCA Old Entrance

Trees are dying in California, increasing the risk of fire.  What can we do about it?  “Scientists from the U.S. Forest Service estimate that as many as 26 million trees have died in the Sierra Nevada over the last eight months, creating a landscape at risk for massive wildfires.  Sierra Nevada forests require fire to maintain ecological integrity and periodic […]

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Blog round-up: Holding out for a hero, Is there a plan B to the tunnels?, How much water does nature need?, Targeting public funds for habitat restoration, and more …

Fort Ord by BLM

Holding out for a hero: Faith Kearns writes, “So often in life, we want to be saved. We want miracles. We want to be rescued by a parent, by a prince, by a god, by technology, by science — by a hero. And, who can blame us? It’s the stuff of myth and legend and the stories we were all […]

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Blog round-up: How bad is water management in CA?, Lessons on sustaining the environment during a drought; CA’s water sector is at a crossroads as drought drags on; and more …

'Lake in the Clouds' by Elizabeth Haslam

How bad is water management in California?  Jay Lund writes, “California’s combination of climate, native ecosystems, and human uses makes water management inherently hard, unsatisfactory, and evolving.  California is doomed to have difficult and controversial water problems. No matter how successful we are.  California is one of the few parts of the world with a Mediterranean climate (Figure 1).  These […]

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Blog round-up: The water bond, groundwater recharge, Delta tunnels, individual wells and attitudes, water affordability, and more …

Coit Tower with Full Moon by Jay Huang

How is California spending the water bond?  Jelena Jezdimirovic and Ellen Hanak write, “Almost two years ago, California voters passed Proposition 1—a $7.5 billion water bond intended to provide significant investments in the state’s drought-challenged water systems. Today, Californians concerned about the prospects of worsening drought may wonder how the state is spending these funds, and whether they are moving […]

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