Tuesday, September 24, 2013

News articles and links from September 24, 2013

Water Bond 

From: Norm Groot, Salinas Californian

Farmers are busy wrapping up their growing season here in the Salinas Valley ... harvest work continues for grapes, lettuce, vegetables, and strawberries. We were fortunate to have a mild summer this year which promoted good, healthy growth of these crops in local fields. Salinas Valley growers continue to supply our nation with healthy food choices.

So, does anyone remember the last time it rained? I mean, really rained? Yes, we picked up a fraction of an inch on Saturday, but It's been quite a while since the Central Coast had any significant rainfall, going back to last fall, yes, almost a year ago now. As you can see locally, this has made everything very dry in the foothills surrounding the Salinas Valley.

Without more storage facilities in California, we will continue to see this cycle of boom or bust in water supplies. California voters need to recognize that water supplies are not infinite and we must develop our water resources to manage the natural cycles of rainfall averages. When it comes to passing a water bond in the coming year, Californians should support building more surface storage facilities to provide water supplies for the drier years, or in the instance of our current weather cycle, multiple years of little rainfall.

From: Tim Quinn, ACWA

The Legislature wrapped up its work for 2013 in the early hours of Sept. 13, capping a legislative year that saw ACWA and its coalition partners play an effective role on legislation that could have significant impacts on its member agencies.

While ACWA spent significant time and energy opposing a move to transfer the state's entire drinking water program to the State Water Resources Control Board (AB 145) and worked on many other bills, including California Environmental Quality Act reform, we also played a leadership role in advancing the dialog on the 2014 water bond.

There are now three distinct proposals on the table for serious discussion in 2014 and in the months before the Legislature convenes in January. 


From: Editorial Staff, Modesto Bee

Water does not stand still. It flows, it seeps and if stagnant for long, it evaporates.

The concerns about groundwater in Stanislaus County have not evaporated, but they have shifted significantly in the four years since county officials first asked their Agriculture Advisory Committee to draft an ordinance to prohibit selling groundwater, aka well water, outside the county.


From: Jeff Nicholson, Marysville Appeal-Democrat

Three quarters of an inch of rain fell in Marysville over the weekend, something that most walnut farmers will be happy to see, said Janine Hasey, the University of California Cooperative Extension's farm adviser.

Water Quality 

From: Mark Grossi, Fresno Beehive

There's big news for seven northern Tulare County communities that have waited years for healthy drinking water.

The California Department of Public Health has agreed to approve funding for a feasibility study on how to fix the problem.


From: Maven, Maven's Notebook

On September 19, the Department of Water Resources held a Delta regional forum as part of the update to the California Water Plan.  Part of the forum was dedicated to updates on some of the relevant planning processes currently underway involving the Delta. This post will cover the updates given for the Delta Regional Monitoring Program, the State Water Board's water diversion reporting, and DWR's Integrated Regional Water Management Strategic Plan and the Flood Futures Report.

Bay Delta Conservation Plan

From: Maven, Maven's Notebook

Infographic:  The "simple" story of the BDCP:  Can the BDCP be distilled down to one infographic? Apparently so.  The Southern California Water Committee has released an infographic titled "The Simple Story" of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.


From: Conor Shine, Las Vegas Sun  

Pat Mulroy, one of the most powerful executives in the state, said Monday she is going to retire as general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, where she has worked aggressively to ensure that Las Vegas doesn't go dry.

Mulroy, who became boss of the water authority when it was created in 1991, said she hasn't set a date and will prepare an "orderly transition."

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