Wednesday, October 30, 2013

News articles and links from October 30, 2013

Water Bond 

From: Guy McCarthy, Palm Desert Patch

The state Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife will hold a public hearing Wednesday Oct. 30 on a proposed state water bond at Indio City Hall.

The hearing is at 2 p.m. at Indio's City Hall, 100 Civic Center Mall. The committee's chairman, Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, D-Lynwood, and Assemblyman V. Manuel Perez, D-Coachella, will give opening remarks.


From: Press Release, USBR  
From: Staff, Oakdale Leader

The Bureau of Reclamation will open the Delta Cross Channel Gates on Thursday, Oct. 31, at approximately 9 a.m., in order to meet Bay-Delta flow standards at Rio Vista, Calif., according to State Water Resources Control Board Decision D-1641. The gates will be closed on Monday, Nov. 4, at 9 a.m. and will remain closed until further notice.


From: John Holland, Modesto Bee

The fertilizers that help California produce food for the world might also threaten some of the drinking water at home, experts said Tuesday in Modesto. They also noted ways that farmers have improved their use of fertilizers in recent years in response to the concerns, mainly about nitrates in public wells.

Water Supply

From: Press Release, Imperial Irrigation District

In light of the seriousness of the drought in the Lower Colorado River Basin, and in preparation for water payback requirements to the Colorado River of about 155,000 acre-feet in 2014, the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors, Monday, approved revisions to the district's Equitable Distribution Plan.

Salton Sea

From: Editorial Staff, Desert Sun

The pledge by three Imperial County entities to develop renewable energy projects to generate money for the restoration of the Salton Sea could be a big step. Progress is long overdue in a decades-long debate that has been incredibly frustrating for those of us who see the future of the shrinking sea as the region's largest pending threat to public health and the environment.

Water Plan 

From: Stephen Crane, Calaveras Enterprise

The Association of California Water Agencies published its opinions on statewide water issues earlier this month, and not everyone in Calaveras County is enthusiastic about the conclusions.

"I was concerned and expressed continuous concern about developing this (Statewide Water Action Plan) process," Calaveras County Water District General Manager Mitch Dion told the district's board of directors a meeting held Oct. 23.


From: Justin Ewers, California Economic Summit

California has always been rich in human capital, but to take advantage of the state's greatest assets, Californians' boldness and creativity-and to compete in the global economy-the state must make smart investments in its physical capital, as well.

The physical backbone of the state's economy-its transportation and water infrastructure, in particular-is the focus of the Summit's Infrastructure action plan, which outlines a comprehensive new infrastructure investment strategy for California.

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