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

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

MEET THE CALIFORNIA COUPLE WHO USES MORE WATER THAN EVERY HOME IN LOS ANGELES COMBINED. How megafarmers Lynda and Stewart Resnick built their billion-dollar empire.

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2016/04/lynda-stewart-resnick-california-water Rafaela Tijerina first met la señora at a school in the town of Lost Hills, deep in the farm country of California’s Central Valley. They were both there for a school board meeting, and the superintendent had failed to show up. Tijerina, a 74-year-old former cotton picker and veteran school board member, apologized for the superintendent—he … More MEET THE CALIFORNIA COUPLE WHO USES MORE WATER THAN EVERY HOME IN LOS ANGELES COMBINED. How megafarmers Lynda and Stewart Resnick built their billion-dollar empire.

Delta Plan Overturned Ruling Slows Down the Twin Tunnels Project

http://www.independent.com/news/2016/jul/11/delta-plan-overturned/ Monday, July 11, 2016 by CAROLEE KRIEGER The recent move by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny to invalidate the Brown administration’s Delta Plan is good news for water reform advocates. The Delta Plan was an administration blueprint to restore the beleaguered Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta. That was its putative purpose, at least. In reality, it … More Delta Plan Overturned Ruling Slows Down the Twin Tunnels Project

DWR and Water Board Public Hearings Update

From the Department of Water Resources: Yesterday, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and Bureau of Reclamation submitted testimony to the State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) as required for the upcoming public hearings on a request to add three new points of diversion to the State Water Project, with coordinated operations for the … More DWR and Water Board Public Hearings Update

Judge upholds major provisions of complex Delta management plan

http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/water-and-drought/delta/article78974192.html Judge rejects most complaints in a flurry of lawsuits filed against Delta Plan But he faults plan for failing to set targets for reducing reliance on Delta water Opponents of proposed Delta tunnels say ruling helps their cause BY RYAN SABALOW rsabalow@sacbee.com A judge has upheld major provisions of a state plan that lays … More Judge upholds major provisions of complex Delta management plan

Judge finds fault with “Delta Plan”

http://www.recordnet.com/news/20160519/judge-finds-fault-with-delta-plan By Alex Breitle Record Staff Writer Posted May. 19, 2016 at 7:00 PM Updated May 19, 2016 at 7:05 PM A plan that was supposed to serve as a comprehensive roadmap for the Delta through the year 2100 now must be partially rewritten, after a judge this week ruled on complaints stemming from no fewer … More Judge finds fault with “Delta Plan”

So the drought has you watering less? It won’t matter much

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-sac-jerry-brown-drought-edict-20160512-story.html George Skelton Contact Reporter Capitol Journal Gov. Jerry Brown wants to forbid you from hosing down the driveway. And he is really cranky about lawn watering. But corporate agriculture is free to plant all the water-gulping nut orchards it desires, even in a semi-desert. This is the essence of the governor’s new long-term drought … More So the drought has you watering less? It won’t matter much

Don’t blame the smelt: The salmon too reflects the dire state of the California Delta

http://www.latimes.com/local/abcarian/la-me-abcarian-delta-smelt-20160506-column.html Robin Abcarian Robin AbcarianContact Reporter The delta smelt is: 1) A nearly extinct species that serves as a crucial barometer for the health of the California Delta. 2) A useless bait fish that deprives Central Valley farmers of critical water for their almond trees. 3) Delicious with cheese and crackers. That all depends on … More Don’t blame the smelt: The salmon too reflects the dire state of the California Delta

U.S. Taxpayers, Not Federal Water Contractors, Paying for Delta Tunnels Letter from U.S. BuRec confirms suspicions of conservation groups

Sacramento – In response to a January 25, 2016 letter sent by conservation groups, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Regional Director, David G. Murrillo has confirmed that federal taxpayers, not the federal water contractors, are footing the bills for the SF Bay-Delta water export tunnels (aka. The Delta Tunnels.) To date, more than $86.9 million of the costs for the … More U.S. Taxpayers, Not Federal Water Contractors, Paying for Delta Tunnels Letter from U.S. BuRec confirms suspicions of conservation groups