Thursday, October 17, 2013

News articles and links from October 17, 2013

Water Supply

From: Mark Grossi, Fresno Bee

West San Joaquin Valley water battles are leaping onto the big screen and into the sports world this week - both under the heading of "The fight for water."

On Thursday, Olympic boxer Jose Ramirez, who is from the west-side community of Avenal, will talk about his first professional fight on Nov. 9 at West Hills College in Lemoore.

On Saturday, an award-winning documentary, "The fight for water: a farm worker struggle," will screen at 6 p.m. at the Tower Theatre in Fresno.

From: Tim Quinn, ACWA

Last month, the ACWA Board of Directors voted unanimously and enthusiastically to approve a Statewide Water Action Plan (SWAP) for California. The vote capped an intensive five-month effort convened by ACWA with the goal of crafting a specific plan that could be broadly supported by water interests and serve as a sustainable path forward for California.

Long-term water supply reliability and improved ecosystem health are the hallmarks of the plan.

Bay Delta Conservation Plan

From: Editorial Staff, Desert Sun

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is nearly 500 miles away from the Coachella Valley. And there is no direct connection between the valley and the State Water Project. But state and local water officials tell us the Bay Delta Conservation Plan is critical to the future of our valley and the campaign to replenish our aquifer.

The Coachella Valley Water District and the Desert Water Agency held a workshop this week to discuss the plan, which has been in development for seven years. Some participants made a pitch to The Desert Sun editorial board. Although it's an expensive proposition - the preliminary estimate is $24.54 billion - and would take at least a decade to complete, they make a convincing case.


From: Amy Quinton, Valley Public Radio 

(This article was previously broadcast on Capital Public Radio.)
The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is home to a half million people. In the fourth part of our series, we examine the culture of the Delta and talk to residents about their concerns over its future.


From: Bryan Barnhart, California Water Law Journal  

In Environmental Law Foundation, et al. v. State Water Resources Control Board, et al., Case No. 34-2010-80000583, three plaintiff organizations (collectively, ELF) claim that California's Public Trust Doctrine requires the State Water Resources Control Board (Board) and Siskiyou County (County) to regulate groundwater that is hydraulically connected to the navigable Scott River (Scott Groundwater). Although ELF's legal theory is sound, ELF chose the wrong case to test it. The Scott Groundwater already is subject to public-trust protections that are set forth in an existing Siskiyou County Superior Court Decree. Before it asks another Court to issue a new order based on a novel public-trust theory, ELF should seek better enforcement of the existing Decree.

California Water Plan

From: Report, DWR  

California Water Plan Update 2013 Volume 3, Resource Managment Strategies, is being released today for review and comment. Volume 3 includes 30 water managment options to acheive multiple benefits. The public comment period is 45 days. (10/16/2013)

Quantification Settlement Agreement

From: Matt Williams, ACWA

It's been a decade since four Southern California water agencies voluntarily agreed in October 2003 to a set of long-term conservation and water transfer agreements to resolve longstanding disputes and help the state cope with users' growing demand for water from the Colorado River.

Salton Sea

From: Antoine Abou-Diwan, Imperial Valley Press

The office of Assemblyman V. Manuel PĂ©rez has requested a written legal opinion from the California Office of Legislative Counsel on the extent of the state's liability for Salton Sea restoration under the terms of the Quantification Settlement Agreement.


From: Esther Avila, Porterville Recorder 

Students from the Emerging Agriculture Technology Academy Pathway program at Strathmore High School are learning about watering crops in a unique, state of the art way.

Through a partnership with Irrigation Matters Inc., the students are learning how to leverage technology to conserve irrigation water by using a remote field-monitoring unit that was installed in August in a corn block on the school campus. On Wednesday morning, Pat Biddy, an irrigation technology specialist, talked to the program's sophomores about reading, analyzing, and making decisions based on the data retrieved from the remote field monitoring unit.


From: Chuck Harvey, Fresno Business Journal

Common to the Midwest and Texas - but fairly new to the Central Valley - overhead center pivot irrigation systems are being tried here on a variety of crops including cotton, wheat and alfalfa hay.


From: Sunita Sohrabji, New American Media

On Jan 2, 1997, a break in a levee on the rain-soaked Feather River -which lies north of Sacramento, Calif. - unleashed a devastating flood, leaving vital farmlands under 30-feet of water. The deluge caused $25 million in damages to the 100,000 Sikh farmers in the region.

Former Yuba City Mayor Kash Gill, who farms 200 acres of peaches and almonds, told India-West the 1997 floods made his town a ghost town for several days.

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