Monday, June 16, 2014

News articles and links from June 16, 2014


From: Mark Koba, NBC News

The severe drought parching states in the Southwest and West is undoubtedly causing hardships: The list includes higher prices for food and water, water-use restrictions, blazing wildfires and billions of dollars in lost productivity.

But most people seem to be taking it in stride-even within drought states. A recent poll by the Los Angeles Times indicated that only 16 percent of those surveyed in California say it has personally affected them in a measurable way. That's despite the Golden State being in its third year of drought and in a state of emergency since January.  

From: Staff, Imperial Valley Press

An aggressive water management and conservation report by academics and environmental think tanks claims that 14 million acre-feet of water can be recycled, reclaimed or conserved a year, a figure that is more than double the water deficit California finds itself in at the moment, if large-scale efficiency projects are put in place across all sectors.

It's a bold report, that leaves no area of the water-using public - and private users - unaffected by potential conservation measures in its best-case scenario, paying particular attention to farming, which the report states takes up 80 percent of the water used in the state.

Water Supply

From: Jay Ziegler, Sacramento Bee

The drought is our wake-up call that California's water supply system is out of balance. Even in the face of this drought, conservation efforts have not taken hold. We are talking about it, but we are failing to act.

A focused water bond is key to any solution. The billions of dollars that would be raised by a bond could give California greater flexibility for managing water, and provide a sustainable path to meet future needs for people and nature.

From: Dan Bacher, Sacramento Bee

Re "Brown's steady march to an alternative energy future (Forum, June 1): Tom Hayden is right that nobody calls Gov. Jerry Brown "Moonbeam" now. He has instead transformed himself into Big Oil Brown, one of the worst governors for fish, water and the environment in California history.

Brown signed Senate Bill 4, the green light for fracking bill that clears the path for the expansion of fracking in California.


From: Terence Chea, Associated Press 

In drought-stricken California, young Chinook salmon are hitting the road, not the river, to get to the Pacific Ocean.Millions of six-month-old smolts are hitching rides in tanker trucks because California's historic drought has depleted rivers and streams, making the annual migration to the ocean too dangerous for juvenile salmon.

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