Tuesday, January 8, 2013

News articles and links from January 8, 2013

Water supply

By Tim Quinn
From SF Chronicle - Monday, Jan. 7, 2013

Coalition response...This article clearly explains the importance of upgrading a statewide water system that is in jeopardy. Many people may not recognize their reliance on water but Tim Quinn does a good job in presenting how water reaches into the lives of each person living in California. Leaders had the foresight years ago when the decision was made to construct a world-leading water system and that leadership should continue today.

From San Jose Mercury News - Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013

Coalition response...It is not a surprise that the fish counts are low when one considers that the only effort undertaken by officials governing Delta water is to reduce water deliveries. These reductions have been instituted for years and yet the fish continue to decline. Cutting back water deliveries is not the answer. Other actions should be taken that address poor water quality, predatory fish and invasive species. We can no longer simply say that fish need more and more water. It's more complicated than that.

Actions that have reduced water deliveries have failed to clearly provide a price tag on the cost to consumers. During a 14-day period in December, public water agencies were required to reduce the amount of water they move through the Delta because of the Delta smelt. As a result, more than 250,000 acre-feet of water was lost without even a plan on measuring benefits for the environment.

Continuing to use old solutions to today's complex problems doesn't cut it anymore, especially when the old ways aren't providing any improvements in the system. The lost water could have served more than a million people for a full year. It could have grown hundreds of millions of dollars in farm products and created jobs throughout the economy. Instead it went to the ocean and no one can say whether it did any good at all.


From Western Farm Press - Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013

From Western Farm Press - Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013

Press release
From Western Canal Water District - Monday, Jan. 7, 2013

From Wine Spectator - Monday, Jan. 7, 2013

By Todd Manley
From NCWA - Monday, Jan. 7, 2013


From Sacramento Bee - Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013

From Aquafornia - Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013




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