Tuesday, August 20, 2013

News articles and links from August 20, 2013

Water Supply

From: Damian Trujillo, NBC-TV Bay Area

Water levels at the San Luis Reservoir in the Central Valley is at a near-record low.

The low 17-percent water level is due to a dry couple of years coupled with regulatory restrictions preventing operators from importing more water from the Delta to save wildlife, officials said.


From: Abby Taylor-Silva, Salinas Californian

In January 2013, a group of agricultural interests began developing a cooperative groundwater monitoring plan in response to Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program (ILRP) requirements for groundwater monitoring (also known as the "Ag Waiver"). The agricultural groups included Grower-Shipper Association of Central California, Western Growers and the farm bureaus of Monterey, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara and San Benito counties. The plan was adopted by the Regional Water Board on July 11 and the Central Coast Groundwater Cooperative was founded in July.

Bay Delta Conservation Plan

From: Lois Kazakoff, SF Chronicle  

The tiny delta smelt has wielded enormous political clout in California's water wars because its health as a species is the legal measure of the environmental health of the bay-delta, the lynchpin of the state's water system. As of last week however, the sandhill crane has usurped the limelight.

Colorado River

From: Janet Zimmerman, Riverside Press-Enterprise

It's bad news on the Colorado River.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced Friday, Aug. 16, that it would reduce releases from Lake Powell to Lake Mead by about 750,000 acre-feet in the 2014 water year, which begins Oct. 1. It is the smallest release since Lake Powell was filled in the 1960s.

From: Sally Deneen, National Geographic

A new report has brought a sense of urgency to the slow-moving disaster represented by the shrinking Colorado River.

For days and weeks, water officials fretted that the federal Bureau of Reclamation's anticipated 24-month study would deliver bad news, and it did. The agency-a division of the Department of Interior that provides water and power in the West-announced today it would cut water released from Lake Powell's Glen Canyon Dam by 750,000 acre-feet next year. That's about enough water to serve 1.5 million homes.

From: Terrell Johnson, The Weather Channel

More than a dozen years of drought have begun to extract a heavy toll from water supplies in the West, where a report released last week forecast dramatic cuts next year in releases between the two main reservoirs on the Colorado River, the primary source of water for tens of millions of people across seven western states.


From: Antoine Abou-Diwan, Imperial Valley Press

A motion to stop the Imperial Irrigation District from implementing its recently-approved water apportionment plan has been filed in Imperial County Superior Court.


From: Butte County Water

August 21, 2013
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Masonic Family Center
1110 W. East Avenue
Chico, CA 95973
Dr. Jerry Meral, Deputy Secretary, California Resources Agency: The Bay-Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP)
Jonas Minton, Water Policy Advisor, Planning and Conservation League: Natural
Resources Defense Council Portfolio-Based Conceptual Alternative
Congressman John Garamendi, California's 3rd District: The Garamendi Plan
Ara Azhderian, Water Policy Administrator, San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority

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