Thursday, July 18, 2013

News articles and links from July 18, 2013

Water Supply

From: Matt Weiser, Modesto Bee

State officials warned Monday that low runoff in rivers could require even senior water rights holders to reduce consumption this summer. 

The notice by the State Water Resources Control Board, which regulates water rights, is informational only. But it is a warning that curtailment orders could follow if water users don't begin conserving, said Les Grober, assistant deputy director for water rights at the board.


From: Brian Palmer, Slate

Food scientists at Cornell University have produced a strain of broccoli that thrives in hot environments, which may make it possible for states with stiflingly hot summers to grow the vegetable. California, where cool coastal fog is perfect for growing standard broccoli, currently produces more than 90 percent of the broccoli grown in the United States. If California were to disappear, what would the American diet be like?

Bay Delta Conservation Plan

From: Pamela Martineau, ACWA

Officials with the California Natural Resources Agency hosted a public meeting today that focused on the costs and funding sources for new water conveyance facilities and habitat restoration proposed in the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) as well as its impact on endangered species.

Several dozen Discovery Bay and San Joaquin County residents are protesting the Bay Area Delta Conservation Plan. It's Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to build two giant water tunnels that would send water from the Delta to Southern California.


From: Pamela Martineau, ACWA 

Delta Stewardship Council Chair Phil Isenberg today updated the California Water Commission on the goals of the newly-adopted Delta Plan and the next steps for implementing the plan.

Isenberg outlined how the Delta Plan works with its 14 enforceable regulatory policies and 73 non-binding recommendations. The Delta Plan, which was adopted by the DSC May 16 after almost 100 public meetings, sets seven overarching categories of goals for the troubled estuary.

Colorado River

From: John Fleck, Stanford University

As western water leaders converged on Las Vegas in  December 2001, Southern California's inability to contain its voracious appetite seemed finally to be bumping up against reality - there is only so much water in the Colorado River. Shared among seven states and Mexico via a shifting, uncertain set of bargains, the river was running up against the era of limits.


From: Press Release, California Latino Water Coalition

Speakers from a wide variety of perspectives will address crucial Bay-Delta Estuary water, infrastructure and environmental issues during a Delta Water Summit on Saturday, August 3, from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Satellite Student Union at California State University, Fresno. Many top water leaders from around California and the nation will be participating.

Governor Brown has been invited to present his water supply vision for California as has Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Michael Connor. Deputy Resources Secretary Gerald Meral will speak on a panel along with Delta Stewardship Council Member Gloria Gray and Sunne McPeak of the Delta Vision Foundation.

From: Announcement, Southern California Water Committee

The workshop will feature a panel discussion of state leaders and experts on the BDCP, including Dr. Jerry Meral, Deputy Secretary of California Natural Resources Agency.

Friday, July 19, 2013
10am - 12pm
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
350 S. Bixel St., Los Angeles, CA 90017

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