Wednesday, October 2, 2013

News articles and links from October 2, 2013

Water Supply

From: Patrick Cavanaugh, California Ag Today

While severely reduced water allocations on the Westside of the San Joaquin Valley are hurting many growers in federal water districts such as Westlands, San Luis and Panoche, if no water at all is delivered next year, growers could be completely forced out of business. And the Eastside of the Valley has huge problems as well.

Bay Delta Conservation Plan

From: Alex Breitler, Stockton Record

The shutdown of the federal government could delay the governor's twin tunnels plan for the Delta, a state official said Tuesday.

The plan, said to be close to 25,000 pages in length, is supposed to be released for public comment Nov. 15.

But the plan must first be reviewed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service, both of which were closed Tuesday.


From: Kathryn A. Klar, Sacramento Bee

Re "Fix the Delta levees" (Letters, Sept. 26): The letter writer states that the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake was on the Hayward Fault. It was not. It was on a section of the San Andreas Fault down near Santa Cruz, far from the Delta.

Salton Sea

From: Editorial Staff, Imperial Valley Press

It's been about two years in the making, but now stakeholders in the Imperial Valley will have more local control and a bigger say in what becomes of efforts to save the Salton Sea.

On Saturday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 71 into law, a piece of legislation authored by local representative Assemblyman V. Manuel PĂ©rez, D-Coachella, which directs state officials to coordinate with the Salton Sea Authority on finding fixes for the sea.


From: Staff, Chico Enterprise-Record

A transfer of 5,000 acre-feet of groundwater from Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District to San Luis Mendota Water Authority took place this summer.

Today, the Butte County Water Commission will hear the evaluation of the groundwater monitoring that took place.


From: Staff, Capital Press

The state's largest ranchers' organization is praising a judge's preliminary ruling that fees charged to California water rights holders are invalid.


From: Lee Juillerat, Herald and News 

Upset about not being included on the Klamath Basin Task Force, Siskiyou County supervisors and Klamath County commissioners Monday decided to create their own task force to study and make recommendations on Klamath Basin-wide water issues.

From: Associated Press, Redding Record Searchlight
From: Associated Press, San Diego Union-Tribune
From: Associated Press, KFMB-8 TV

Leaders in two Klamath Basin counties who oppose taking down dams as part of a regional settlement of water issues say they're planning an alternative to talks aimed at salvaging the agreements.

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