Monday, April 11, 2011

News articles and links from April 11, 2011


Water storage isn’t cheap


From Sacramento Bee – Sunday, April 10, 2011

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Re "Water everywhere – but no place to store it" (Viewpoints, April 3): Tom Nassif, CEO of Western Growers, makes the case that we have a lot of water in the rivers right now and we should have a place to save it. This sounds so good and right to so many people.

Water allocation bumped up again for area farmers


From Hanford Sentinel – Saturday, April 9, 2011

Big storms and an oversized snowpack have prompted federal water officials to increase Westside farmer water allocations to 75 percent of their historically contracted amounts.

Stronger winter rains forecast good irrigation season


From Sun-Herald – Friday, April 8, 2011

This winter's rains have provided plenty of water for irrigation districts in Glenn County, and the summer irrigation season should be good.

Managing county’s water remains very fluid


From The Daily Democrat – Sunday, April 10, 2011

The timing of the penultimate Yolo 101 Resident's Academy couldn't have been better. Coming off a series of heavy winter storms, flooding and water use was the topic for Tim O'Halloran, general manager of the Yolo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District.

Sure, we can build more dams, but at what cost?


From Yubanet – Friday, April 8, 2011

The wild flowing Trinity River was dammed in the 60's to provide water to Whiskeytown Lake, and thence to Keswick Dam below Shasta Dam for power generation and to increase flows in the Sacramento River for downstream farmers.

Lake Mead to receive extra water from feds


From The Arizona Republic – Saturday, April 9, 2011

The federal government will release enough extra water into drought-stricken Lake Mead in the coming months to avoid shortages on the lower Colorado River for as long as five years.

Bakersfield can help lead the way in balancing water, environmental interests


By Deanna Wulff

From SJ Mercury News – Saturday, April 9, 2011

I heart Bakersfield. There, I said it. And lately, I've been scanning headlines, hoping that the ninth-largest and most polluted city in California will point the rest of us in the right direction. Why?


Delta water board to meet in June


From Modesto Bee – Saturday, April 9, 2011

From Salinas Californian – Friday, April 8, 2011

A water board is scheduled to meet again in June after spending hours hearing testimony over a proposal that could require thousands of Central Valley farmers to monitor and clean up polluted groundwater.


Stinging effects with restoring Delta wetlands


From The Record – Monday, April 11, 2011

Restoring tidal wetlands that once dominated the Delta may be a cure for the ailing estuary. But there are side effects - one of which could make people sick, too.

State can’t drill lands for canal, judge rules


From The Record – Saturday, April 9, 2011

The state's request to drill more than 200 feet into private Delta lands in search of the best route for a peripheral canal or tunnel has been denied by a San Joaquin County Superior Court judge.

Water Leaders Urge Delta Stewardship Council to Revise Plan


From ACWA – Friday, April 8, 2011

ACWA, the Northern California Water Association and the State & Federal Contractors Water Agency on Friday expressed “grave concern” with the direction of the Delta Stewardship Council’s latest draft Delta Plan, saying it far exceeds the council’s authority and would steer the process away from success.


Don’t use the Salton Sea to undo the Quantification Settlement Agreement


By John Powell, VP-Coachella Valley Water District

From Desert Sun – Saturday, April 9, 2011

The Desert Sun editorial board and other opinion leaders in the Coachella Valley have the ability and duty to advocate for a Salton Sea that is a sustainable environmental, recreational and economic resource, without selling out the Coachella Valley's water future.

Quantification Settlement Agreement water pact must stand


From Desert Sun – Saturday, April 9, 2011

One of the most significant agreements for the future of California in general, and the Coachella Valley in particular, was reached in 2003.

Quantification Settlement Agreement timeline

From Desert Sun – Saturday, April 9, 2011

1901: The Imperial Valley begins receiving Colorado River water in 1901 through the Alamo Canal.


Politics muddies water hearing in Fresno


From Fresno Bee – Saturday, April 9, 2011

Backstage drama has unsettled a congressional hearing on California water scheduled Monday in Fresno.

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