Thursday, January 2, 2014

News articles and links from January 2, 2014

Bay Delta Conservation Plan

From: Ed Reeder, Sacramento Bee

Re "Low storage brings water ration orders" (Page A1, Dec. 29): The current drought should make us rethink how to spend our water project dollars. Higher dams and water tunnels might have merit when we have an abundance of water. However, this year if Shasta Dam was twice as high, it wouldn't provide any additional storage.

From: Beau Goldie, San Jose Mercury News

Paul Rockwell (Opinion, Dec. 30) claims that the Bay Delta Conservation Plan will accelerate a fracking boom in California. The Santa Clara Valley Water District is on record in support of bills that seek tougher restrictions on fracking. Protecting groundwater quality is of paramount importance to us. Opposing the Bay Delta plan because some water is used for fracking is like objecting to paying taxes because you don't agree with every dollar the government spends.

From: Robert G. Veaco, Stockton Record (subscription required)

Today's must-read letter -- Published Jan. 2, 2014 Both Supervisor Larry Ruhstaller and Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen are to be applauded for setting forth the real water issue that urgently need to be addressed in California - the need to increase our water supplies.

These far outweigh spending unknown billions to build tunnels that send water south to support development of rapidly growing populations occupying physically large counties, including Los Angeles.


From: Mark J Palmer, Sacramento Bee

Re "40 years of swimming upstream to save fish" (Viewpoints, Dec. 29): Peter Moyle has been one of the stalwart researchers of our California freshwater fish species for many decades, helping protect endangered fish species and researching the declines of many species. I'm happy to see he is still active. He could have added that the California Department of Water Resources continues to be a major impediment to protecting endangered river and stream habitats.

Water Supply

From: Staff, Modesto Bee

Representatives from three California agencies will gather Tuesday in Sacramento to discuss agricultural water transfers and drought preparedness.

"California's farmers and ranchers need to prepare for a potentially significant drought year," warned Karen Ross, who heads the state's Department of Food and Agriculture. "We are looking at scenarios in which considerable land fallowing and unsustainable groundwater overdraft will occur, leading to direct impacts within our rural farming communities."

Water Quality

From: California Almond Board, Western Farm Press

The impact of the landmark UC Davis study on nitrates in drinking water, released in March 2012, is being felt throughout California agriculture as state legislators debate legislation addressing safe drinking water issues raised in the report. Gail Delihant, director of government affairs for the Western Growers Association, told those attending The Almond Conference session on rules and regulations that two key pieces of legislation are of particular interest to almond growers.

From: Staff, Santa Maria Times

A basin plan amendment that would add total maximum daily loads of pesticides allowed in the Santa Maria River and its tributaries will be considered in a public hearing set for Thursday, Jan. 30.

The Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board will conduct the hearing at 9 a.m. in the Watsonville City Council Chambers on the fourth floor at 275 Main St., Watsonville.


From: Staff, California Irrigation Institute

What is the future of the water-energy relationship? Can a balance on water use efficiency and energy use be found? Come engage with other water and power professionals as we explore the future of water and energy efficiency at the 52nd Annual California Irrigation Institute Conference!

Thursday & Friday, Jan. 23-24, 2014
Sacramento Arden West Hilton
2200 Harvard Street, Sacramento

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