Thursday, September 5, 2013

News articles and links from September 5, 2013

Bay Delta Conservation Plan

From: Dean LaChapelle,  

Re "Battle set on island habitat" (Page A1, Sept. 1): The Delta diversion project is Gov. Jerry Brown's payback to Southern California passed off as water for valley farmers. Taxpayers will pay billions to destroy the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, so his high roller political supporters can have cheaper water.

Coalition response... Dean LaChapelle is concerned about the condition of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and his letter provides an opportunity to share some facts on California water rights and the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). Sacramento River diversions planned under the BDCP would be limited based on the actual flow of the river. It is not a static system so diverting water when river flows are high would not lead to the extreme salinity LaChapelle predicts. See for more information.

Water flowing to Southern California isn't a gift or political payoff by the Governor. Water is distributed based on rights obtained by users throughout our state's history. In turn, holders of these water rights are paying for the system to store and deliver the water they can beneficially use. That applies to water users from the Eureka to San Diego. LaChapelle benefits from the same system of water rights that serve the rest of the Golden State.

Water Bond 

From: Editorial Board, Sacramento Bee

With dry conditions igniting fires statewide and reservoirs dropping ever lower, state lawmakers should be thinking about water. The good thing - they are. They are thinking about a 2014 water bond.

Salton Sea

From: Erica Felci,

As California continues to focus on diversifying future energy development, state lawmakers will head to the desert to evaluate how the Salton Sea's renewable sources can help.

Bay Delta Conservation Plan

From: Ron Sylvester, Orange County Register  

The next earthquake to strike near San Francisco could siphon the flow of drinking water Orange County for years.

It doesn't have to be a huge earthquake - a magnitude 6.0 or more. It just has to hit near a labyrinth of lakes and channels carved out of northern California between the San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers, where most people take their boats for the weekend and farmers work the sandy soils on a series of islands that dot the channels of fresh water. It also provides much of the fresh water for Irvine, and nearly all of what people drink in cities to the south, such as San Clemente and Laguna Beach.


From: Press Release, CDFA

The California State Board of Food and Agriculture and the California Water Commission will hold a joint meeting concerning the state's water supply on September 10th in Sacramento. The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, 1220 'N' Street - Main Auditorium, Sacramento, CA 95814.

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