Wednesday, November 6, 2013

News articles and links from November 6, 2013

Water Supply

From: Harry Cline, Western Farm Press

Earthquakes, floods and hurricanes are visible disasters with heartbreaking human consequences.

No less consequential is the water disaster in California. However, there are no gut-wrenching photos or blaring headlines chronicling this slow moving catastrophe.

From: Dennis Pollock, Ag Alert

The farming "gotta-haves"-water and labor-took center stage at the 32nd Annual Agribusiness Management Conference in Fresno, with reports of timely developments in each area.

And those who spoke on the water front painted a mostly dark picture of the dangers of overdrafting groundwater in the face of low precipitation and cutbacks in federal surface water deliveries.

The view from water panelists was influenced in large measure by low snow and rain levels in recent months, coupled with constraints on federal water deliveries because of Endangered Species Act restrictions intended to protect fish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

From: Press release, USBR  

The Bureau of Reclamation's Central Valley Project began water year 2014 (Oct. 1, 2013, to Sept. 30, 2014) with 5.1 million acre-feet of water in six key CVP reservoirs (Shasta, Trinity, Folsom, New Melones and Millerton reservoirs and the federal share of the joint federal/state San Luis Reservoir). One acre-foot is the volume of water sufficient to cover an acre of land to a depth of one foot, enough water to sustain a typical California household of four for one year.

From: Lois Henry, Bakersfield Californian

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Water can be such a complex issue that most people would rather not be bothered.

For filmmaker Juan Carlos Oseguera, water became impossible to ignore as he watched family, friends and whole communities suffer from political decisions made about water decades ago and thousands of miles away.

Bay Delta Conservation Plan

From: Peter Gleick, Sacramento Bee  

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I and my colleagues at the Pacific Institute have worked on California water issues for more than a quarter of a century. It is therefore no surprise that we get asked on a regular basis by friends, journalists and colleagues what we think about the efforts underway to resolve the problems of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and in particular, about the proposed massive tunnel project to divert water from the Sacramento River to the conveyance aqueducts south of the Delta.


From: Todd Dayton, California Water Blog

The sea is rising and the land is sinking. Aging levees are giving way. Island communities find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.


From: John Holland, Modesto Bee

Incumbents Joe Alamo and Ron Macedo won second terms on the Turlock Irrigation District board Tuesday night.

From: Garth Stapley, Modesto Bee 

Three political newcomers - John Mensinger, Paul Campbell and Jake Wenger - struck gold Tuesday to win seats on the embattled Modesto Irrigation District board.

From: Erica Felci, Desert Sun  

Voters on Tuesday were endorsing local leaders who are tasked with managing the Coachella Valley's groundwater supplies.


From: Pamela Martineau, ACWA

The California State Board of Food and Agriculture today examined California's groundwater challenges during a day-long meeting, listening to experts who warned that many of California's aquifers are critically overdrawn - especially in the Central Valley - due to a need for more water created by drought conditions and restrictions on surface water.

From: Roger h. Aylworth, Chico Enterprise-Record 

As has happened many times in recent weeks, the word "marijuana" appeared nowhere on the Butte County Board of Supervisors' agenda, but indisputably it was "the elephant in the room."

Tuesday, the supervisors were asked to provide guidance on the use of "exploratory" water wells on illegal lots within county jurisdiction.

Water Plan 

From: Steve Adler, Ag Alert

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Farm groups and water organizations say they will emphasize the role of new water storage as a key element, as state agencies finalize an action plan to help guide their efforts and resources on water issues. Expanded storage is one of 10 elements in a draft version of a California Water Action Plan released last week by three agencies.


From: Staff, Salinas Californian

The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, 165 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, plans to present a public lecture by B. Lynn Ingram, author of "The West without Water: What Past Floods, Droughts, and Other Climatic Clues Tell Us about Tomorrow," at 3 p.m. Nov. 16.

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