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A sip to quench the thirst

Posted by: Susan Lauer on April 18, 2014 at 1:06 pm

From The San Diego Union Tribune:

“Some thirsty California cities and farms will receive a sip of water — not nearly enough to solve drought-induced woes but better than the nothing they had been expecting.

The state Department of Water Resources and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation jointly announced Friday they would turn the taps on slightly to some key customers, including the Metropolitan Water District that supplies much of the San Diego region.

The state said it will send 5 percent, compared to the zero percent earlier.

The federal Bureau of Reclamation will increase its deliveries to farmers north of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to 75 percent of normal compared to 40 percent.”

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Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Drought at Forefront During Modesto Hearing on Water Bond

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 18, 2014 at 9:00 am

From The Modesto Bee:

“They gathered to talk about addressing California’s future water needs. But the crowd and state legislators at Thursday’s water bond hearing in Modesto could not escape the frustration of a more immediate problem: drought.”

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Court Reinstates Challenge to Delta Water Deals

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 18, 2014 at 8:59 am

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

“A federal appeals court reinstated a challenge Wednesday from environmentalists to the government’s renewal of 41 long-term contracts for irrigation water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a suit seeking greater protection for the endangered delta smelt and other fish.”

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Return of Salmon to San Joaquin River

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 18, 2014 at 8:58 am

From the Stockton Record:

“For the first time in more than 60 years, spring run salmon fingerlings are gliding through the waters of the San Joaquin River.”

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California Residents Divided on Drought Solution

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 18, 2014 at 8:57 am

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

“As California faces one of its worst droughts in decades, residents remain split on the question of whether environmental protections should be eased to free up water for cities and farms.”

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Bella Vista Residents, Ranchers Frustrated By Water Restrictions

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 18, 2014 at 8:56 am

From the Redding Record Searchlight:

“Ken and Trish Frowd consider themselves environmentally conscious, a trait that in part comes from adapting to California’s water shortages. …

“But this year’s water restrictions are tighter than they’ve been in a long time, and like other North State residents facing water rationing measures, the Frowds, Redding residents served by the Bella Vista Water District, are having to make uncomfortable choices, like avoiding flushing unnecessarily, cutting down on showers and sometimes collecting bath water for the plants.”

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Sneeze, Wheeze, Allergies: Valley’s Drought Making It Worse

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 18, 2014 at 8:55 am

From The Fresno Bee:

“The drought is drying up Valley farms — but not noses. … Pollen counts began spiking early, in February instead of their typical arrival this month, and except for a storm or two in March there hasn’t been rain to wash the pollen away.”

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California’s Only River Route Floats Delta Mail Carrier’s Boat

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 18, 2014 at 8:54 am

From the Contra Costa Times:

“Another day beckons as the only postal worker in California who still delivers mail by boat heads out on the Delta to complete his appointed rounds. … Although mail delivery by water existed as far back as the early 1900s, overland routes gradually became the norm as communities grew and roads were built or improved.”

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San Francisco’s Plastic-bag Ban Clears Last Legal Hurdle

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 18, 2014 at 8:52 am

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

“San Francisco’s ban on nonrecyclable plastic bags at all retail and grocery stores survived its final legal challenge Wednesday when the state Supreme Court turned down an appeal from the bag industry.”

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San Lorenzo Valley Water District Tables Merger

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 18, 2014 at 8:52 am

From the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

“The San Lorenzo Valley Water District board Thursday asked for more from the potential merger with Lompico Water District.”

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Milestone Marked in Wastewater Treatment Plant Project

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 18, 2014 at 8:51 am

From the Chico Enterprise-Record:

“With mere inches to spare, crews gently lowered a 70,000-pound disc of steel into place at the city’s wastewater treatment plant on Thursday, marking a milestone in a $1.5 million project expected to conclude this summer.”

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New 49ers Levi’s Stadium Gets Its Field as Opening Day Nears in Santa Clara

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 18, 2014 at 8:51 am

From the San Jose Mercury News:

“A special new breed of turf that’s been growing in the Central Valley for the past 18 months reached Levi’s Stadium on a convoy of flatbed trucks before dawn Thursday. …

“It [Bandera Bermuda] also will allow it to drain faster to avoid muddy conditions and will need less water for upkeep — a plus in a state enduring a drought.”

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Editorial: Dianne Feinstein’s California Water Bill Flows to the Money

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 18, 2014 at 8:50 am

From The Modesto Bee:

“Water flows uphill … toward money. That’s as true now as it was the first time it was uttered by some now unknown cynic. Sen. Dianne Feinstein is proving it.”

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Editorial: Drought Survey Should Be a Call to Action

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 18, 2014 at 8:49 am

From the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

“Californians finally agree on something. A Field Poll released this week shows 88 percent of those surveyed believe the state is facing a serious water shortage. Unfortunately, that’s about all we agree on.”

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Commentary: Loosening Protections for Delta Fish Won’t End the Drought

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 18, 2014 at 8:48 am

From the San Francisco Chronicle, in a commentary by Rep. Mike Thompson:

“The California drought cannot be oversimplified as farmers versus fish. …

“Unfortunately, the Field Poll results outlined in The Chronicle’s April 16 story ‘California residents divided on drought solution’ oversimplified the ongoing drought in just this way.”

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Commentary: San Francisco Should Keep the Promise of a Hetch Hetchy Ferry

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 18, 2014 at 8:47 am

From the San Francisco Chronicle, in a commentary by Spreck Rosekrans:

“It is time for San Francisco to make good on its century-old promise to improve access to the Hetch Hetchy area of Yosemite National Park.”

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Blog: NSWA Forum Focuses on California Water Problems

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 18, 2014 at 8:46 am

From the Northern California Water Association (NCWA) Blog, in a post by Bill Mueller, Valley Vision:

“NSWA [North State Water Alliance] is seeking a three-part solution: operational certainty, infrastructure improvements, and unifying regulatory approaches. The primary purpose of the forum was to bring together leaders to forge an action plan for the region that will accomplish these objectives and was an important step forward in NSWA’s collective efforts.”

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DWR California Water Plan eNews

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 18, 2014 at 8:45 am

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

This week’s Water Plan eNews includes:

  • Making a push for improving California’s relationship with water
  • Report provides a roadmap for a sustainable water future in California
  • Federal funding available for feasibility studies on reclaiming wastewater
  • New federal strategy for balancing the uses of public lands
  • Documentary looks at the struggles of Californians without safe water
  • Additional watershed workshops added for Vacaville, Kings Beach
  • The next Sierra Cascades dialog session will be a hunt for common ground 

Read more from DWR’s California Water Plan eNews

 

 

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News Release: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Reclamation Release Spring-run Chinook Salmon into San Joaquin River for Study

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 18, 2014 at 8:44 am

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

“The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on April 17 to 18 are releasing 54,000 hatchery produced juvenile spring-run Chinook salmon into the San Joaquin River as part of the implementation of the San Joaquin River Restoration Program. The Restoration Program is a comprehensive long-term effort to restore flows to the San Joaquin River from Friant Dam to the confluence of the Merced River restoring a self-sustaining Chinook salmon fishery in the river while reducing or avoiding adverse water supply impacts from those flows.”

Read more from Reclamation’s news release

Learn more about these issues by taking the Water Education Foundation’s San Joaquin River Restoration Tour (Field Trip) November 6-7. Another Foundation resource is the San Joaquin River entry on Aquapedia.

 

 

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Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Court Rules for Environmentalists in Water Fight

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 17, 2014 at 9:00 am

From the Associated Press:

“An appeals court said Wednesday that federal officials should have consulted wildlife agencies about potential harm to a tiny, threatened fish before issuing contracts for water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.”

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Judges Overturn Rulings on Sacramento River Contracts

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 17, 2014 at 8:59 am

From the Los Angeles Times:

“A decision by a federal appeals court Wednesday could allow for changes in water deliveries to irrigation districts that hold senior rights to Sacramento River supplies.”

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Two McNerney Water Bills Introduced to Senate

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 17, 2014 at 8:58 am

From the Stockton Record:

“Two water bills proposed by Rep. Jerry McNerney have been introduced to the U.S. Senate.”

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San Joaquin River Salmon Restoration Saga Rolls On with Truck Ride from Friant Dam

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 17, 2014 at 8:57 am

From The Fresno Bee:

“Biologists this week helped 54,000 Northern California salmon become San Joaquin River inhabitants — launching the river’s largest experiment to rejuvenate a long-dead salmon run.”

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Learn more about the San Joaquin River during the Water Education Foundation’s San Joaquin River Restoration Tour (Field Trip) November 6-7. Also check out the San Joaquin River entry on the Foundation’s Aquapedia, a vetted, online water encyclopedia.

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Residents Tackle Water Rationing in Santa Cruz

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 17, 2014 at 8:56 am

From the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

“If the region’s drought seemed abstract, it’s about to hit home for Santa Cruz residents. As part of city leaders’ response to two years of meager rain, water rationing will start May 1 and fines will be levied monthly against households that use more than their allotted amount of water.”

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Pajaro Valley Board Adopts Water Plan

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 17, 2014 at 8:55 am

From the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

“Four years ago, Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency leaders pulled together a task force to develop a long-term plan to preserve groundwater supplies and halt saltwater intrusion along the coast.”

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Some Yosemite Fish High in Mercury

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 17, 2014 at 8:54 am

From the Stockton Record:

“Some of the fish in Mildred Lake in Yosemite National Park have high enough concentrations of mercury in their tissues to be a danger to your health.”

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Drakes Bay Oyster Case: Marin Judge Faults State Commission, Calls for Environmental Review

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 17, 2014 at 8:53 am

From the Marin Independent Journal:

“A preliminary ruling by a Marin Superior Court judge Tuesday found the state’s Coastal Commission “abused its discretion” when it issued cease-and-desist orders against the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. that would require dismantling of the operation.”

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Marin Superior Court Waits to Make Final Ruling on State Drakes Bay Oyster Co. Case

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 17, 2014 at 8:53 am

From the Marin Independent Journal:

“After two hours of arguments Wednesday morning, a Marin Superior Court judge said he will consider evidence before submitting a final ruling on a lawsuit addressing the state’s Coastal Commission cease-and-desist orders against the Drakes Bay Oyster Co.”

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How to Grow Vegetables in a Drought

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 17, 2014 at 8:52 am

From the San Jose Mercury News:

“Some gardeners are having second thoughts about having a vegetable garden during the drought, but there are ways to conserve water and still have a robust garden.”

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Graphic: Southern California Rivers

Posted by: Aquafornia on April 17, 2014 at 8:52 am

From the Orange County Register:

“Focus: Why our rivers are bound by concrete.”

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