Tuesday, March 29, 2011

News articles and links from March 29, 2011

Gov. expected to declare California’s drought over


From LA Times – Tuesday, March 29, 2011

California’s drought is over – everywhere but the state capitol


From SJ Mercury News – Monday, March 28, 2011

Governor expected to declare drought over


From Sacramento Bee – Monday, March 28, 2011

California Drought Almost Officially Over

TV News

From NBC/San Diego – Tuesday, March 29, 2011

(The following response is posted online to the above stories.)

Coalition response...Governor Jerry Brown is expected Wednesday to declare an end to the drought declaration by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. While it is good news, it is important to remember that this water won’t last forever. Currently the State’s reservoirs are at 85% capacity and pumps have been turned off because there is nowhere to store additional supplies. That means if California turns dry again next year, today’s abundance is lost. California is in need of more reservoirs for water storage. Almost 300 thousand acre-feet per day is being released to the Pacific Ocean, enough to serve the domestic needs of 1 to 2 million Californians for an entire year.

This year’s abundant water supply gives us hope. New storage will give us the assurance that adequate water should be available when the state faces another dry year in the future.


Reclamation Announces Updated 2011 Water Supply Allocation for California’s CVP

Press Release

From USBR – Monday, March 28, 2011

Water allotment to Westside farmers rises to 65%


From Fresno Bee – Monday, March 28, 2011

Snowpack hits 165% of average; will flooding follow?


By Mark Grossi

From Fresno Bee – Monday, March 28, 2011


After feds increase water allocation, Judge Wanger suggests need for current judicial intervention in salmon litigation is “obviat(ed)”


By Brandon Middleton

From Pacific Legal Foundation – Monday, March 28, 2011

Compensation likely for local water districts


From The Record – Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Victory for California water districts as rehearing petition rejected


From Western Farm Press – Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Judge invalidates water diversion permit on SNF


From Porterville Recorder – Monday, March 28, 2011


Costa proposes limits on delta pumping cuts


From Fresno Bee – Monday, March 28, 2011

Costa bill aims to increase delta pumping


From Bakersfield Californian – Monday, March 28, 2011

Costa wants Congressional override of Endangered Species Act regarding Delta


From CV Business Times – Monday, March 28, 2011


Crops lost, Salinas River still flooding


From Salinas Californian – Monday, March 28, 2011

IID board scrutinize fallowing grant proposals


From IV Press – Tuesday, March 29, 2011

IID’s lighter environmental footprint earns honor


From IV Press – Monday, March 28, 2011

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