Thursday, January 26, 2012

News articles and links from Jan. 26, 2012

Water supply

The Peripheral Canal - How much water? At what cost? Who pays?


From Bilingual Weekly - Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012

Nearly two-thirds of California residents and the majority of agriculture get their water from the Delta and its tributaries, which surround Stockton in an intricate pattern of levees, rivers and farms. But the Delta faces multifaceted environmental problems, which have led to a crisis for fisheries, wildlife and water quality.

Coalition response...It is unfortunate that the author chose to write this article in a manner that includes incorrect information that leaves the reader with a false picture portraying the many efforts currently underway in relation to the Delta. Consider:

1. The BDCP is not charged with "the state's co-equal goals of ecosystem restoration and water reliability." The BDCP is a permitting process for conveyance. The Delta Stewardship Council, created in 2009, is charged with the co-equal goals.

2. Both the BDCP and the Delta Stewardship Council plans are in the draft stages of their respective planning processes. Their work is ongoing and to suggest that either does not include certain documents or processes fails to understand the work schedules by both.

3. The author suggests that exports of water that flows through the Delta may have altered its route to the sea as she writes "which once flowed out to sea..." The Sacramento River still flows to the sea and the water that flows through the Delta is also delivered to 25 million Californians (not just south of the Delta but also to the San Francisco, San Benito and Santa Clara areas) and also to farms to grow the food we rely upon.

4. The SWRCB early report of the flow requirements were publicized with specific instructions from the Legislature that the report did not look at other factors relating to water, such as local uses in areas of origin, the result of water delivered to millions of people and to farms. The report clearly articulates this; yet, many people choose to ignore its narrow scope, instead hanging their hats solely on the specific flow numbers by themselves. The report's accompanying statement strongly recommended that more work needed to be done before final flow requirements could be adopted.

5. Contractors receiving water from the State Water Project pay the associated costs to deliver that water to its eventual point of use. If a contractor is located further south along the Aquaduct than another user, then that contractor must pay the costs for both construction and delivery for that extra distance. This is the major reason that contractors further south along the Aquaduct pay more than their counterparts to the north.

MID water sale worth considering


From Modesto Bee - Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012

No basis to oppose water deal yet


From Modesto Bee - Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012


Delta Stewardship Council meeting

Live webcast

From DSC - Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012

Governor Brown endorses Bay Delta Conservation Plan


From IVN - Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012

Sinking the water bond


From NBC/Los Angeles - Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012

State board issues notice in next phase of Bay-Delta Plan review


From ACWA - Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012


ACWA submits comments on striped bass regulations


From ACWA - Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012

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