Tuesday, November 5, 2013

News articles and links from November 5, 2013

Bay Delta Conservation Plan

From: Alex Breitler, Stockton Record

Delta advocates rallied the faithful on Monday, warning at a special forum that legislators and the public must be prepared for a water fight that could drag on for years.

Coalition response...Concerns about how water decisions might affect Stockton businesses and the region's economy deserve consideration, as do the impacts felt in San Joaquin Valley's rural communities when water deliveries are reduced. Farmers, cities and businesses south of the Delta have experienced water losses for the past 20 years. Business owners in the western Fresno County community of Firebaugh are reporting losses of 25-30 percent this year because of water deliveries being cut back by 20 percent. See "Farm Water and the Business Crisis," at http://bit.ly/1cIxKqD.

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan's (BDCP) two objectives, as mandated by the State Legislature, will restore the Delta ecosystem and create a reliable supply of water. Fears that accomplishing these two goals might drain the Sacramento River are baseless. The State Water Resources Control Board establishes required flows through the Delta and BDCP must adhere to those standards.

Any suggestion that construction on BDCP could have already started ignores the legal requirements to conduct an Environmental Impact Study, which has not yet been completed. Federal fishery agencies must also approve the Plan before it is implemented, something that also has yet to get underway.

Factual information regarding the Bay Delta Conservation Plan is available at http://baydeltaconservationplan.com.

From: Vince Rembulat, Manteca Bulletin

Rogene Reynolds lives on two acres of farm land on Roberts Island.

This region of the South San Joaquin Delta is deep rooted, belonging to her family since 1889.

At Monday's Delta Coalition community forum at the University of the Pacific Alumni House, Reynolds, who was part of a distinguished panel, said the Bay Delta Conversation Plan would greatly impact the place she calls home.

Coalition response...Alternatives to the Plan fail to achieve the two goals established by the Legislature in 2009 - achieving water supply reliability and restoring the Delta ecosystem. Biologists, researchers, economists and others have looked at the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and its proposed tunnels and have concluded the current Plan is the best option to answer the State Legislature that demanded restoration of the Delta ecosystem and creation of a reliable water supply. Individuals and organizations continue to surface objections that have already been answered by years of research.

The water that currently flows through the Delta is taken by in-Delta users first and then delivered to 25 million Californians and nearly 4,000 farms south of the Delta. Those south of Delta users have suffered through 20 years of water supply cuts due to Endangered Species Act regulations. Why isn't anyone talking about that? 

Bay Delta Conservation Plan

From: Mike Wade, Santa Maria Times

Clarifications on the "Protesting a pipe dream for more water" commentary are needed concerning the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and California water rights.

The BDCP is in response to a 2009 mandate by the Legislature to restore the ecosystem of the Sacramento/San Joaquin Bay Delta, and to create a reliable water supply for 25 million Californians and 3 million acres of productive farmland.


From: Jeremy B. White, Sacramento Bee

With water issues on the agenda for the coming session in the California Legislature, given a pair of 2014 water bond proposals, it's a good time to take a look at groundwater.

Today the State Board of Food and Agriculture will wade into the issue. A daylong meeting covering everything from local groundwater authority to the role of the Sierra snowpack will marshal a roster of academics in addition to representatives of the U.S. Geological Survey, the State Water Resources Control Board, the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board and the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County. Starting at 10 a.m. at 1220 N St.

From: Jim Johnson, Monterey Herald

Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency officials offered a sneak peek Monday of a fledgling pilot plant for its proposed groundwater replenishment project.

The project, proposed as part of California American Water's Peninsula water supply project, seeks to take wastewater, which has been treated, but not up to irrigation standards, and make it drinking water quality. Then up to 3,500 acre feet of product water per year would be injected into the Seaside water basin for later use.

From: Staff, Chico Enterprise-Record

State water boards are working on groundwater protection, including a workplan the county will talk about at the 1:30 p.m. Wednesday meeting of the Water Commission, 25 County Center Drive in Oroville.

One aspect of the plan is to have local and regional management of water on a sustainable level over the long-term, the report to the Butte County Water Commission states.

San Joaquin River

From: Mark Grossi, Fresno Beehive

A few days before Christmas 1988, more than a dozen environmental and fishing groups sued federal leaders over the San Joaquin River, Friant Dam and the renewal of 40-year water contracts, mostly for farmers.

Water Supply

From: David Garrick, SD Union-Tribune

Aiming to help Escondido's struggling farmers get cheaper water, city officials are moving forward with a $12 million pipeline expansion that will bring treated sewer water to hundreds of citrus and avocado groves.

Water Plan 

From: Rob Roscoe, Sacramento Bee

Re "Water plan aims to avoid crisis" (A3, Nov. 1): The Brown administration deserves praise for its endeavor to create a comprehensive, statewide plan that provides a reliable water supply for all Californians.

However, there are some omissions in the plan, and local water providers wish to collaborate with the administration to address these.


From: Jenny Schweigert, Agchat

AgChat Foundation will host the 2014 Northwest Regional Agvocacy conference in Portland, OR, at the Downtown Crowne Plaza Convention Center, January 30-31. Known for training farmers and ranchers about social media, ACF Agvocacy conferences also bring producers of all kinds and types together to advocate for agriculture.

Social media has taken consumers by storm. According to the 2012 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends Executive Summary, 52% of consumers use technology in their grocery shopping. Globally, 64% of shoppers conduct their grocery research online. It isn't hard to connect the dots to realize that the way farmers and ranchers tell their story may be affecting the bottom line.

Tickets for the event are $100 and are on sale now exclusively for farmers and ranchers until November 15. Tickets for non-farmer/ranchers will be released on November 16 for $150.  www.AgChat.org/Portland.


From: Antoine Abou-Diwan, Imperial Valley Press

The public will soon know the financial costs of a decade of litigation related to the Quantification Settlement Agreement.

Today, the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors will review an internal audit of legal expenditures the district accrued over 10 years of lawsuits related to the nation's largest agriculture to urban water transfer.

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