Wednesday, October 16, 2013

News articles and links from October 16, 2013

Water Supply

From: Amy Quinton, Valley Public Radio

(This story was previously broadcasted on Capital Public Radio.) 
California is the nation's largest agricultural state. It would not be possible without water from the Delta. Farmers say the water is their lifeblood, but it's been cut back year after year.

California's farms and ranches generated nearly $45 billion in revenue last year. Without water exported from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to arid Central Valley land, much of the produce we get in restaurants and grocery stores wouldn't come from California.

Water Bond

From: Joe Moore, Valley Public Radio

The state's twice-delayed water bond needs more tweaking - and a diet - before it goes to voters in November 2014. That was the message delivered by Assembly member Henry T. Perea on Tuesday, as he spoke on Valley Public Radio's Valley Edition.


From: Editorial Board, Modesto Bee  

The turnout of 200 people at Monday's forum in Oakdale confirms that residents, especially in rural areas, are increasingly concerned about wells going dry and other problems associated with overpumping to irrigate vast new almond orchards. A side benefit of the concern is that people are eager to learn more about water issues.

Colorado River

From: Staff, Laughlin Nevada Times

After back-to-back driest years in a century on the Colorado River, federal water managers are giving Arizona and Nevada a 50-50 chance of having water deliveries cut in 2016, reports the Mohave Valley Daily News.

Quantification Settlement Agreement 

From: Antoine Abou-Diwan, Imperial Valley Press

The nation's largest agriculture-to-urban water transfer was signed 10 years ago today.

And while there is no shortage of opinions on the implementation and effects of the transfer, statements by officials from the San Diego County Water Authority and the Imperial Irrigation District are illustrative of how the Quantification Settlement Agreement is viewed.


From: Staff, KMTG

On October 15, 2013, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order denying the Petition for Rehearing filed by Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority ("TCCA"), which requested rehearing or rehearing en banc of the Ninth Circuit's opinion in the case of Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority v. U.S. Dept. of the Interior, et al., Case No. 11-17199.


From: John Holland, Modesto Bee  

A milestone is approaching for the effort by the Modesto and Turlock irrigation districts to renew their federal license for Don Pedro Reservoir.

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