Tuesday, September 10, 2013

News articles and links from September 10, 2013


From: Mark Grossi, Fresno Beehive

Making a bet about a wet or dry winter this year? Don't look for El Nino or La Nina to give you an edge. It's looking like La Nada so far.

If you don't know, El Nino and La Nina are all about the shallow water temperature in the Pacific Ocean around the equator. Nino means warmer than usual - an indication California might have a wet winter. Nina means cooler - a hint that it might be dry.


From: Ian James, Desert Sun

The Coachella Valley's top water managers on Monday defended their efforts to combat declines in groundwater levels, saying they have made progress in confronting a complicated problem and plan to take additional steps to keep water levels in the aquifer from falling further.

Responding to The Desert Sun's investigation of long-term declines in the aquifer, officials said that one of their goals is to press for the completion of water tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to bring more reliable supplies flowing to Southern California.

From: Jim Johnson, Monterey County Herald

A deal may soon be in the works that would send agricultural wash water and stormwater runoff from Salinas to a recycled water project for the Monterey Peninsula.

At its meeting tonight, the Salinas City Council is scheduled to consider starting negotiations with Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency to send the ag wash and stormwater runoff to the agency for use in the agency's proposed groundwater replenishment project. The meeting begins at 4 p.m. in the City Hall Rotunda.

Colorado River 

From: Editorial Staff, Imperial Valley Press

A letter from a Nevada water agency questioning and criticizing the Imperial Irrigation District's use of some of its Colorado River entitlement water has been making the rounds recently. And as is often the case when these notes of interest emanate from the Silver State, they are among the most suspect and vile.

The district has many frenemies from all sides when it comes to how it uses and what it uses its water on, which in fact is the largest allotted draw on the river based on history among the seven basin states and their many water agencies. So, criticism is nothing new.


From: Staff, Redding Record Searchlight

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is holding a public hearing tonight to take comment on a report that looks at the effects of raising the height of Shasta Dam up to 181/2 feet.

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