BLOG ROUND-UP: Delta toilet bowl, Denham Dossier, salmon recovery, ball and chain, ESA under attack

Delta Toilet Bowl: Primarily we must ask what’s really wrong with the Delta?  Families Protecting the Valley writes, “In our last newsletter (Calinsanity!) we told you about the State Water Resource Control Board’s (SWRCB) proposal to send twice as much water down the Stanislaus, Toulumne and Merced Rivers to the delta to try to save fish.  We also told you […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Calinsanity! Bloggers on the State Water Board’s Bay Delta flow objectives, California Water Fix, salmon, fiscal orphans, and more …

Calinsanity! No matter how badly their plans fail, they win.  Families Protecting the Valley writes, “Unelected bureaucrats have again proposed to take more water from farmers in their unsuccessful attempt to save endangered fish.  This isn’t the first time farmers have lost water to fish and it probably won’t be the last and we’ll itemize the history in a below. […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Cal Water Fix; groundwater, pelagic fish, coho salmon, water for birds, and more …

New Water Fix Financial Plan Is Extremely Risky. Will MWD Board Reconsider Their Vote on July 10?: Dr. Jeff Michael writes, “On April 10, Metropolitan Water District (MWD) approved, with little analysis, a hastily conceived plan that greatly increases their “Waterfix” commitment from $4.3 billion to a blank check for 65% of the project (currently estimated at $10.8 billion).  Most […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: New development and SGMA; Almonds and tariffs; Indirect benefits of cannabis cultivation regulation; Colorado River: “We’re in uncharted territory”; and more …

1.8-Million Homes: So as more ag land is taken out of production to balance the underground basin how does building more homes make sense?  Families Protecting the Valley writes, “We wonder if cities and counties are thinking about the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) when planning for new housing developments.  The article below talks about Folsom Ranch, a new development […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Ag water data, Delta tunnels, groundwater recharge, Sites Reservoir, water efficiency legislation, Agency U-turns, and more …

California agriculture water data leaks through mismanagement cracks: NRDC’s Arohi Sharma writes, “All of us in California have a role to play in reducing our water use, especially since our state is entering a new normal of longer, more frequent, and more extreme droughts. While our urban water users are improving water use efficiencies and integrating smarter management into their […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Defending the need for food and water, water meetings, Delta tunnels revote, SGMA and DACs, Drought and climate change, Winter-run salmon, and more …

Why must we defend the need for food and water?  Todd Fitchette writes, “Ernest Hemingway is attributed with the notion that writing is simply a process of bleeding on one’s typewriter — except typewriters largely no longer exist, and we now live in an age of technological overload that can easily short the brain circuitry of folks with challenged attention […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Delta smelt: And then there were none; ACWA responds to media coverage of water tax; Cumbersome bureaucratic scorekeeping; Three water challenges for almonds, and more …

And then there were none … Tom Cannon writes, “Are Delta smelt finally extinct?  Has the canary sung its last song?  In late April and early May 2018, 20-mm Surveys collected no Delta smelt (Figure 1) in the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary. , It’s a new low for Delta smelt since the survey began in 1995, worse even than the […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Can Congress prevent state and federal courts from hearing WaterFix lawsuits?, What about the nonnative species that we like?; Expanding groundwater recharge in the San Joaquin Valley; How Lake Mead could crash; and more …

Attempting to close the floodgates of litigation: Can Congress prevent state and federal courts from hearing WaterFix lawsuits?  Kathleen Miller writes, “The journey of California’s proposed delta tunnels project (also known as California WaterFix) has been anything but straightforward and already faces a slew of ongoing legal challenges.[i] Last week, Congress added a different kind of twist when the proposed […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Legislature moves toward more efficient water use; The high hurdles to water storage; Bridges over troubled waters; Financing the future of water infrastructure; and more …

California Legislature Moves Toward More Efficient Water Use:  Tracy Quinn writes, “California is one step closer to a more resilient and secure water future for our communities, environment, and economy thanks to the passage of two bills in Sacramento this week.  The pair of bills, SB 606 by Senator Hertzberg and AB 1668 by Assembly Member Friedman, build on lessons learned […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Cal Water Fix, salmon stories good and bad, recycled water, conservation on the Colorado …

Brown’s Water Fix has new momentum – but daunting obstacles remain:  Chris Reed writes, “Just six weeks ago, Gov. Jerry Brown’s hopes for a huge, difficult legacy project to solidify California’s statewide water distribution system – one funded by water districts, not directly by taxpayers – appeared in bad shape.  Years of lobbying for what the Brown administration dubbed the WaterFix project […]

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