BLOG ROUND-UP: Bloggers on the National Geographic film, post-drought groundwater, State Water Board flow mandates, Delta Tunnels, San Luis Dam, Sites Reservoir, and more …

National Geography documentary distorts California’s water history:  Tim Quinn writes, “There is no easy narrative when it comes to California water, but the producers of National Geographic’s newly released documentary on our state’s water system seem to think there is. The filmmakers relied on a Hollywood trope to tell the complicated story of California’s water history and water rights. Any […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Are pumps killing fish or ammonia from water treatment plants?, Evading dam nation, headwaters, Trump and the EPA, and more …

Are pumps killing fish or ammonia from water treatment plants?  Todd Fitchette writes, “Earlier this month a major California newspaper reported that the City of Modesto discharged an estimated 29 million gallons of “partially treated wastewater” per day into the San Joaquin River after city workers feared treatment pond levees would soon fail.  A group called “Families Protecting the Valley,” […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Will Westside farmers receive full allocation? Can Oroville spark new dam building? Trump’s budget cuts: Even worse than you think; and more …

Will Westside farmers receive full allocation?  Todd Fitchette writes, “The announcement many California farmers were waiting for came the last day of February. Though good news, not all are cheering.  In short, many California water districts reliant on federal Central Valley Project (CVP) water can expect a full allocation. This has not happened in over a decade. Still, some farmers […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Fixing dams with bond money; Out of touch federal bureaucrats actively obstructing emergency fixes at Oroville; The high cost of fixing levees; and more …

Fixing dams with bond money:  Families Protecting the Valley writes, “”Pending approval from the Legislature, an additional $387 million will be appropriated from funds generated by Proposition 1 — a water bond passed in 2014.” – San Francisco Chronicle.  We revealed environmental thinking in our ‘Crisis Theory‘ newsletter on February 18 where Friends of the River, the Sierra Club and […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: What Central Valley farmers wish to tell their city counterparts; Sports guy in water war; Yesterday’s dams face tomorrow’s hydrology; and more …

What Central Valley farmers wish to tell their city counterparts:  Christine Su writes, “I’m a San Francisco resident who works with farmers and ranchers all over the country. In urban and rural communities alike, I meet mostly warm, hardworking, thoughtful, lovable individuals. I often wonder how to bridge the cultural distance between rural and urban Americans that feels so much […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP, the dam special edition: Why Trump should not fund an Oroville Dam fix; Mother Nature, Oroville Dam, and lessons for California; What the Oroville Dam crisis tells us about natural infrastructure; and more …

A harrowing week in the Sacramento Valley:  The Northern California Water Association blog writes, “The events surrounding Oroville Dam this week have been a powerful reminder that the Sacramento Valley is a major floodplain and the water system is foremost a flood protection system, with public safety the first order of business. With nearly 200,000 people on the east side […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Reconciling conservation and human use in the Delta; Extended man-made drought; The hidden truth about Valley water; and more …

Reconciling conservation and human use in the Delta: John Durand, Peter Moyle, and Amber Manfree write, ” …The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta has been extensively altered over the past 150 years. Major changes include manipulation of river flows, alien species invasions, conversion of wetlands to agriculture and, most recently, climate change. Changes have been incremental and slow enough that successive generations of […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: California’s wettest drought, Board ignores concerns, inequities of water pricing, water tower nostalgia, adaptive management in the Trump administration; and more …

California’s wettest drought: 2017:  Jay Lund writes, “Wet.  After five years of drought, most of California finally has become wet.  The mountains are exceptionally wet and covered with snow.  The state’s reservoirs are fuller than their long term average (with a few exceptions).  Flood control structures are being employed, some for the first time since 2006.  We can now better […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Climate change and California’s water supply; Responses to Governor’s State of the State address; The drought emergency; Ag water conservation; and more …

Droughts and floods: How climate change is affecting California’s water supply:  Juliet Christian Smith writes, “The beginning of the new year brought massive amounts of precipitation to the northern half of the Golden State. So much rain, in fact, that some rivers have flooded over their banks, damaging property and endangering lives. And today, the U.S. Drought Monitor estimates that […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Bloggers on the new federal water law, the new administration, water movement in the Delta, Delta science, restoration, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and more …

Understanding the new federal water law:  Jeff Mount, Brian Gray, and Caitrin Chapelle write, “A new law signed by President Obama in December alters federal water policy in the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta. These changes are complicated, and their likely effects on both future water supply and environmental stewardship are largely unknown.  The legislation is part of the Water Infrastructure Improvements […]

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