Keats: California water projects rely on imaginary water

http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/12/27/keats-california-water-projects-are-based-on-imaginary-water/ By Adam Keats, Mercury News. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and San Joaquin Valley agribusiness would have us believe that bureaucratic red tape and blind adherence to environmental laws are holding back the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project, preventing water from being delivered to thirsty farms and cities. Aside from pushing a false … More Keats: California water projects rely on imaginary water

State Heavyweights Flex on Santa Barbara Water

http://www.independent.com/news/2016/dec/15/state-heavyweights-flex-santa-barbara-water/ By Nick Welsh, Santa Barbara Independent. Two of the highest ranking officials in state government descended on Santa Barbara County this Monday to assure local politicians and water agency directors they recognize the severity of the county’s drought-inflicted water shortage and that help — in the form of grants, bonds, and low-interest loans — was available for water … More State Heavyweights Flex on Santa Barbara Water

The delta tunnels — a project only engineers can love

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-leslie-costs-and-benefits-delta-tunnel-20161120-story.html By Jacques Leslie, Los Angeles Times A generation ago the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta tunnel project might have made a certain kind of sense. California’s lakes and rivers had been so thoroughly replumbed by dams, drains, pumps, canals and aqueducts that the state already contained the world’s most engineered water system — so why not … More The delta tunnels — a project only engineers can love

Lawsuit over Paso Robles vineyard wells reveal growing water fight

http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/Lawsuit-over-Paso-Robles-Wells By Lynn Alley, Wine Spectator “A lawsuit in California’s Paso Robles wine region could impact how vintners in an increasingly thirsty region get their water. The suit raises questions about permits that allow tapping of deep underground aquifers—tapping that geologists and environmentalists argue is causing California farmland to literally sink. In a state plagued … More Lawsuit over Paso Robles vineyard wells reveal growing water fight

Seafood’s new normal: California’s coastal ecosystem — and the fisheries that depend on it — are in the grip of a huge disruption

http://projects.sfchronicle.com/2016/california-seafood-collapse/ By Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle In the shallow waters off Elk, in Mendocino County, a crew from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife dived recently to survey the area’s urchin and abalone populations. Instead of slipping beneath a canopy of leafy bull kelp, which normally darkens the ocean floor like a forest, … More Seafood’s new normal: California’s coastal ecosystem — and the fisheries that depend on it — are in the grip of a huge disruption

Another Inspector General Report Slams Illegal Irrigator Subsidies

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/10/25/1586696/-Another-Inspector-General-Report-Slams-Illegal-Irrigator-Subsidies by Dan Bacher Has the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation become a rogue agency within the Department of Interior? It’s beginning to look like that, based on recent Inspector General reports documenting the loss of millions of taxpayer dollars through Reclamation mismanagement in the Klamath Basin and Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. On the heels of … More Another Inspector General Report Slams Illegal Irrigator Subsidies

Why are we sending precious water downstream for fish in the middle of a drought? Here’s why.

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-salmon-20161021-snap-story.html By Los Angeles Times – Editorial Board . . .   California is not merely a political jurisdiction drawn on a map. Even without the human artifice of state lines, it exists as a physically and ecologically distinct place, characterized and enriched by iconic species that live only here — the California condor, the … More Why are we sending precious water downstream for fish in the middle of a drought? Here’s why.

AquAlliance Conference: Water for Seven Generations

Will California Squander or Protect It? aqualliance-conference-details-and-registration-form I hope you will attend AquAlliance’s prestigious conference that will be held on Thursday, November 17th and Friday, November 18th, 2016 at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico. The conference is tailored to reach policy makers, activists, academics, and agencies by providing valuable historical, scientific, legal, political, and … More AquAlliance Conference: Water for Seven Generations

In The Midst Of Drought, California Farmers Used More Water For Almonds

http://www.forbes.com/sites/mallorypickett/2016/09/28/satellite-images-reveal-impact-of-almond-boom/#58b719e550db By Mallory Pickett Kelly Watson lives in Kentucky. She studies honeybees and pollination. She has no interest in wading into California’s water wars, in which farmers and thirsty almond crops are pitted against drought-conscious water conservation zealots. But when the results of her latest research are published, she will likely be involved whether she … More In The Midst Of Drought, California Farmers Used More Water For Almonds