BLOG ROUND-UP: A water right for the environment; Notes from CA WaterFix Industry Day; Oroville Dam spillway failure equals failed state water policy; Massive wildfires reveal our illusion of control over disasters; and more blog commentary

A water right for the environment:  Brian Gray, Leon Szeptycki, and Barton “Buzz” Thompson write, “California’s management of water for is not working for anyone. Environmental advocates argue that state and federal regulators have set water quality and flow standards that do not adequately protect fish and wildlife, and have not enforced these requirements when they are most needed. Farm […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: A tale of two fires, Drought forever!; Protecting our forest-meadow reservoirs; food-water footprints; unintended consequences of indoor water conservation; and more …

A tale of two fires: How wildfires can both help and harm our water supply:  “Now that summer is over and rain has returned to California, it appears that the dramatic 2017 fire season is finally behind us. The effects of fire season can linger, however, with the possibilities of erosion and polluted runoff from burned areas. Napa County has […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Rollback propaganda, Salmon runs, X2, drought, wetlands and WOTUS

Rollback propaganda:  Families Protecting the Valley writes, “Today the Los Angeles Times posted a story titled, “Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks Hit California Hard, Despite Sacramento’s Resistance.” The contact reporter is Evan Halper. There is hardly anything factual in this propaganda piece. The underlying theme is that President Trump is cutting the EPA and environmental regulations. That is about the only thing […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Reforming water management for the environment; A Rose By Any… ; Duel conveyance: Delta tunnel dilemmas; Of Dreamliners and drinking water; and more …

Reforming water management for the environment:  Jeff Mount writes, “It’s time for California to rethink how it manages water for the environment. Despite decades of effort, many of the state’s aquatic native species are in decline. Controversy over water for the environment remains high. The latest drought left lasting effects on already-stressed species and their ecosystems and highlighted the need […]

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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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