Wednesday, July 24, 2013

News articles and links from July 24, 2013

Bay Delta Conservation Plan

From: Lois Henry, Bakersfield Californian

Gov. Brown's point man on water came to Bakersfield Tuesday to try and shore up support among water contractors for the administration's proposed "twin tunnels" project to route water through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

I don't think he hit his mark.

From: Staff, KWMR  

Currently in California, there is a mega water project being planned." Interviewed on the show were Jerry Meral, deputy secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency in charge of the Bay Delta Conservation Planning Program, and Jonas Minton, a water policy advisor for the Planning and Conservation League (PCL).

Water Bond 

From: Kelli Ballard, Porterville Recorder

The issue of putting a bond measure before state voters has been a critical topic for the last several years for the county Board of Supervisors in its effort to make sure the Valley, and especially Tulare County, where the much of the nation's food is grown, has enough quality water to support it.

One of the biggest contentions for the board now is a lack of water storage the current proposal does not address.


From: Garth Stapley, Modesto Bee

As Stanislaus County supervisors received a glowing report Tuesday on the surge of almond production, a couple of blocks away irrigation leaders somberly discussed the downside.

Millions of recently planted nut trees in rolling hills on the county's east side rely on groundwater pumped from scores of new industrial wells that are sure to drain aquifers, Modesto Irrigation District officials fear.

From: Staff, Santa Maria Times

The ground is sinking in the Cuyama Valley and it's no mystery why.

Local farmers have watched the ground water levels drop steadily for the past four decades. They also recognize the physics involved - the more water drawn out of the ground with wells, the lower the water levels go, and eventually the ground on the surface succumbs to the empty spaces far below.


From: Robert Lusardi, California WaterBlog

Spring-fed waters are luxurious places for salmon and trout. They provide ideal flows and temperatures year-round and jungles of aquatic plants teeming with insects for easy snacking.

In real estate, the saying goes, three things matter: "location, location, location." Can the same be said for native fish? Are fish that reside near their stream's source springs better off than those living 10 miles downstream?

From: Report, DWR

The draft MAST report, An updated conceptual model for delta smelt: our evolving understanding of an estuarine fish, is being presented here for public review and comment. This technical report is intended to assess delta smelt responses to recent changes in habitat conditions due to hydrology and management actions.


From: Lisa Lien-Mager, ACWA

Delta water supply and ecosystem issues will be the focus of a summit set for Saturday, Aug. 3, in the Satellite Student Union at California State University, Fresno.

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