Friday, July 26, 2013

News articles and links from July 26, 2013

From: Antoine Abou-Diwan, Imperial Valley Press  

The Imperial Irrigation District's Agricultural Water Clearinghouse reviewed and approved the first set of water transfer requests Thursday.

Twenty-seven requests for additional water have been submitted and approved. Nearly 13,880 acre-feet of water will irrigate 36,397.4 acres.

From: Maven, Maven's Notebook

How about some good levee news for a change?

Department of Water Resources approves funding to strengthen Delta levees:  Fourteen reclamation district projects will receive $30 million in funding for Delta levee improvements under the Delta Special Flood Control Projects' Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) Levee Repair and Improvement Project Solicitation Package (PSP).

From: Staff, Chico Enterprise-Record

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has approved funding for 14 reclamation district projects in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to strengthen nearly 90 miles of levees to provide protection against flooding.

From: Nancy Vogel, BDCP

At a public meeting on July 17 to discuss the draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan, UC Berkeley economist Dr. David Sunding said that the BDCP, if implemented, would allow the state to deliver more water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta than otherwise, almost entirely in years of abundant rainfall.

It's also true, as state officials have said, that average annual Delta water deliveries under the BDCP could be about the same or less than they have been historically.  Specifically, projections show a range of federal and state water project deliveries that are within 10 percent of the historical average deliveries of the last 20 years (5.3 million acre-feet).  

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