The Dublin San Ramon Services District says its path toward buying surplus Yuba County water is clearer after the Tri-Valley’s wholesale water supplier — Alameda County Zone 7 Water agency — withdrew its earlier protest against the transfer.
State water officials bolstered existing emergency regulations this month in response to another year of drought. … But unlike during water crises of the 1970s and 1990s, there was no mention of sending water wasters to jail.
A constructive alliance has been forged, bringing the San Geronimo Golf Course and the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network together to improve natural habitat in the creeks that cross through the course.
One Holds that the Fee is Subject to Prop. 26 and Another that it is a Property-Related Fee Subject to Prop. 218 — Two California Appellate Court decisions handed down this month address whether or not a local water agency’s groundwater pumping charges are property-related fees, and reach different conclusions. The distinction is important because of the restrictions imposed for property-related fees under Proposition 218 — as well as the exemptions for fees that are considered taxes under Proposition 26.
[The Delta Counties] Coalition leaders have met with policymakers, local governments, and water and environmental stakeholders to discuss alternatives to building a taxpayer-funded, multibillion-dollar twin tunnels project that has been negotiated without broad input, violates state and federal environmental law, and won’t deliver a single drop of new water. As a result, we have developed a statewide solution that genuinely meets the criteria of the 2009 law that established co-equal goals of water supply reliability and restoring the Delta ecosystem.
Surface storage is the first and most important part of a comprehensive water solution. Even the areas of the state with the greatest potential to recharge groundwater require a steady supply of water to fill the underground aquifers.
The greatest threat to life and property in Marin is wildland fire. The good news is that Marin’s fire departments get it. … Marin was able to snatch a $207,000 “drought augmentation” grant from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to install state-of-the art movable cameras aimed at almost all of the county’s wildlands.
We are officially in uncharted territory. The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which typically supplies nearly a third of California’s water, is showing the lowest water content on record: 6 percent of the long-term average for April 1.
Most years, 85% of the wet season’s rain and snow has already fallen by late March. While rain often falls in April and May, it is rarely enough to make a big difference in the overall water picture, and the forecast is now quite dry. That means California’s water managers now have a good idea how much water will be available in the state’s reservoirs, snowpack, and groundwater basins.
In an April Fools’ Day California WaterBlog post by Nestle J. Frobish: Visitors to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are doing double takes lately as they encounter some newly introduced “biological controls” to keep a fast-spreading waterweed from damaging boat propellers and choking off waterways.
In drought-ravaged California, the vast freshwater aquifer beneath the Coachella Valley is a rare bright spot. … But there is growing concern by some that local water agencies are drawing too much out of the aquifer, which supplies water for more than 260,000 people.