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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BLOG ROUND-UP: California Water Fix costs, misleading adjectives, surface storage yields, saving salmon, Appellate court wheeling decisions and NorCal water supplies, and more …

California Water Fix: Cost, choices, and critics:  Jeffrey Kightlinger writes, “When it comes to water, differing views come with the territory. California WaterFix, one of the biggest and most important projects we’ve seen in decades, is no exception. One of the current debates centers on the cost allocation among water agencies, and what happens if some water agencies choose not to […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Dangerous ideas in California water, Prop 1 arithmetic, Delta tunnels, Irrigating less, and more …

We hold our convenient truths to be self evident – Dangerous ideas in California water:  Jay Lund writes, “Success in water management requires broad agreement and coalitions. But people often seem to group themselves into communities of interests and ideology, which see complex water problems differently. Each group tends to hold different truths to be self-evident, as outlined below.  These […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: A more nuanced message on the Delta tunnels and more on the tunnels; New water official’s views on Salton Sea, other priorities; Groundwater management under SGMA: A role for markets; and more …

A more nuanced message on the Delta tunnels:  “Delta tunnels proponents really want you to read the latest blog post by fish experts Peter Moyle and James Hobbs. The project’s official Twitter account, @CAWaterFix, has tweeted links to the post six times over the past day.  “Dr. Moyle & Dr. Hobbs explain why they are optimistic about #CAWaterFix from a […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: California Water Fix, the Delta smelt, and salmon; MWD’s Cal Water Fix cost assessment; Federal reserved rights for groundwater?; Checks and balances and the Clean Water Act rule; and more …

California Water Fix and the Delta smelt:  Peter Moyle and James Hobbs write, “The delta smelt is on a trajectory towards extinction in the wild. Heading into 2017, the spawning adult population was at an all-time low although this past wet winter has apparently seen a small resurgence. However, increasingly warm summer temperatures in the Delta may dampen any upswing. […]

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