Thursday, December 5, 2013

News articles and links from December 5, 2013

Bay Delta Conservation Plan

From: Darrel Fong, Sacramento Bee

Gov. Jerry Brown and major water interests from Southern California and the Central Valley are trying to sell a proposal to the residents of Sacramento and other Delta communities to allow the construction of twin underground tunnels costing $25 billion to siphon water from the Sacramento River and deliver it to farms and cities to the south. We should not be fooled into thinking that the Sacramento region will gain from this preordained proposal.

Coalition response... Council-member Fong repeats a number of discredited statements in this commentary on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.
                Research shows that BDCP will NOT have adverse impacts on local water supply;
                BDCP will NOT cause a condition known as "dead pool" at Folsom Lake.  Analysis shows that climate change could have an effect on reservoir levels, whether or not efforts are undertaken to improve water supply reliability and Delta ecosystems outlined in the BDCP.
                The entire state has shared in water conservation efforts, as water users and suppliers seek to reduce use and improve management of water across the state.  The people of Sacramento should be recognized for their efforts during the past 13 years, but it is not an effort limited to the Sacramento-area.
                BDCP will NOT cause a massive increase in the water exported from the Delta. It will improve the reliability of the water delivered through the Delta to those who already have rights to receive it.
For more information on these, and other discredited statements - please check out the "Your Questions Answered" section of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan at:

Water Bond

From: Damon Arthur, Redding Record-Searchlight  

Larry Miller has a solution he says will solve the state's water shortage problems. The Shingletown man was one of dozens of North State residents who spoke today at an informational hearing of the state Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee meeting held in Redding.

Members of the committee, invited speakers and members of the public talked about water issues facing California and possible solutions, including building more dams, conserving water, forest management and groundwater overpumping.

Water Supply

From: Bakersfield Californian Staff, Bakersfield Californian

San Joaquin Valley farmers have been told they'll get only a tiny fraction of the water they've asked for in 2014. The least the state can do is try to help them maximize their meager allotment.

That's the only way to look at Congressman Jim Costa's request that Gov. Jerry Brown take emergency action to obtain additional water for valley farmers. By officially declaring that California is again in a drought, Brown might help persuade the U.S. Department of the Interior to ease certain water-delivery restrictions.


From: Mark Grossi, Fresno Bee

Federal authorities this week released their appraisal of enlarging San Luis Reservoir, the major watering hole in the center of the state. This reservoir is always worth following.

San Luis gets a spotlight each summer as west San Joaquin Valley farms and Southern Californians call for more water.

Quantification Settlement Agreement  

From: Antoine Abou-Diwan, Imperial Valley Press

Imperial Irrigation District officials acknowledged months ago that the IID will not meet on-farm water conservation requirements for 2013, a fact that was underscored at Tuesday's board of directors meeting.

The on-farm efficiency water conservation program is one component of the Quantification Settlement Agreement, which transfers water from the Imperial Valley to coastal, urban areas. The program offers incentives to farmers to install irrigation efficiency measures in their fields, like sprinklers, pump-back, and drip irrigation systems. Conserved water is transferred out of the Valley.

Salton Sea

From: Steven Greenhut, U-T San Diego

The Legislature's efforts to "save" the Salton Sea, California's largest lake and one of the nation's eeriest places, have gone virtually nowhere in the last decade, unless one counts the millions of dollars that have been spent on personnel and consultants. That's the conclusion of a recent report by State Auditor Elaine Howle.

State Water Plan

From: Heather Hacking, Chico Enterprise-Record

The state is trying to make good on some deadlines for the California Water Plan Update, but county water leaders say the section on the Sacramento Valley needs more work.

"Unsatisfactory" was one word used by a water commissioner to describe it.

Commissioners urged county staff to send a strong letter to the state Department of Water Resources that the report was late and incomplete.

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