Friday, October 25, 2013

News articles and links from October 25, 2013

Water Supply

From: Editorial Staff, Riverside Press-Enterprise

California cannot prosper without highways, bridges or water systems. Yet the state's approach to such necessary infrastructure is haphazard and shortsighted, a new report warns. Legislators instead need to take a long-term view, setting careful priorities for infrastructure spending and ensuring the state's capacity to maintain and improve public facilities.

The state auditor released a report last month detailing "high-risk" areas for state government. And prominent among the auditor's concerns was the state's deteriorating transportation and water infrastructure.

From: Staff, Fresno Business Journal 

The award-winning documentary, "The Fight for Water: A Farm Worker Struggle", received a Best Documentary award at the ViƱa de Oro Fresno International Film Festival held Oct. 16 - 19 at the historic Tower Theatre in Fresno.

The film, which features a historic water march from the west side of the San Joaquin Valley to the San Luis Reservoir by farmers and farm workers, screened Oct. 19 as the closing film of the festival.

Salton Sea

From: Press Release, Imperial Irrigation District

The Imperial County Board of Supervisors and the directors of the Imperial Irrigation District held a special signing ceremony today at the Salton Sea commemorating a Memorandum of Understanding that outlines how the county, the Imperial County Air Pollution Control District and the IID will work together to restore California's largest and most troubled inland lake and avert severe harm to public health, the local economy and wildlife habitat resulting from its continued decline in water quality and elevation.

From: Antoine Abou-Diwan, Imperial Valley Press

Officials from the Imperial Irrigation District and Imperial County signed a memorandum of understanding Thursday that outlines how the two agencies will cooperate to restore the Salton Sea.

From: Erica Felci, Desert Sun 

Surrounded by lake bed exposed by the receding shoreline, regional officials on Thursday finalized a historic deal they hope will add momentum to the much-discussed Salton Sea restoration effort.

From: Matt Dessert and Ray Castillo, SD Union-Tribune

Situated at the economic and environmental crossroads of the nation's largest agricultural-to-urban water transfer and the future well-being of Southern California's binational border region, the Salton Sea has reached a tipping point.

Sustained mainly by agricultural runoff from the farms and fields of the Imperial Valley, the state's largest and most troubled body of water has been in decline for a generation or more, a trend the 2003 signing of the Quantification Settlement Agreement (QSA) was supposed to arrest and ultimately reverse.

But that hasn't happened.


From: Garth Stapley, Modesto Bee  

Pumping is an artificial way of "releasing" underground water. When too much pumping threatens the supply, could artificial replenishing be a solution?

Hydrogeologist Chris Petersen thinks so, and he's ready to tell all about it.

From: Jim Johnson, Monterey County Herald

Two months after the state water board approved rules for agricultural water quality, a panel of experts discussed a slew of ways the Salinas Valley could address the issue at a public forum at CSU Monterey Bay on Thursday.

Officials from Ventura County and the Central Valley outlined their methods for dealing with ag water quality regulations, including a cooperative approach with regional water board officials, use of best management practices and a farmers-only coalition.

From: D.L. Taylor, Salinas Californian

One of the impediments to improving Salinas Valley groundwater quality is, ironically, the regulatory process established to protect it, a consensus of experts said Thursday during a panel discussion at California State University, Monterey Bay.


From: Alex Breitler, Stockton Record

Another near-record salmon run is expected on the Stanislaus River this fall, while farther north, thousands of fish are already splashing their way up the Mokelumne River past Lodi.

From: David Perlman, SF Chronicle

Researchers who fattened young chinook salmon in flooded fields after the rice harvest last winter reported Thursday that the fish grew fast and to record sizes, offering a promising new way to improve survival of the long-threatened salmon.

From: Kat Kerlin, Davis Enterprise

From a fish-eye view, rice fields in California's Yolo Bypass provide an all-you-can-eat bug buffet for juvenile salmon seeking nourishment on their journey to the sea.

That's according to a new report detailing the scientific findings of an experiment that planted fish in harvested rice fields earlier this year, resulting in the fattest, fastest-growing salmon on record in the state's rivers.

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