Hundreds of North Coast tribal members and river advocates trekked to Sacramento on Tuesday to voice their frustration and try to persuade the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to reconsider its cessation of pre-emptive water releases for fish on the drought-stricken Trinity and Klamath rivers.
The Drought Monitor, which collects data from 50 different weather indicators, have shown an increasingly red California since 2011, the last time the drought map was clear. Watch the 10 second snap-shot here.
Glenn County approved Tuesday the immediate dredging of two boat launch sites to extend out into the main Sacramento River channel in order to address concerns that silt and debris were hampering water rescue operations.
This summer’s drought and high temperatures moved up the harvest and crush seasons for many area wineries, said UC Davis winemaker and facility manager Chik Brenneman, as he directed his student employees to shovel newly harvested chardonnay grapes onto a conveyer belt.
The steam fields in the Mayacmas Mountains northeast of Santa Rosa have been the world’s largest producer of geothermal energy since the 1970s. They can meet 60 percent of the electricity demands from the Golden Gate to the Oregon border, according to Calpine Corp., and they’re recharged with wastewater that used to be dumped in the Russian River.
Two years ago, I introduced a measure to replace the doomed pork-laden water bond from 2009 with a trim, focused and non-controversial bond that could win voter support and address California’s critical water needs, without threatening the delta region by funding the Bay Delta Conservation Plan or the delta tunnels.
The Bee’s editorial praising bipartisanship on the updated water bond (“A summer miracle: Finally, bipartisan water agreement,” Aug. 15) rightly saluted state Sen. Lois Wolk for her good work in trying to keep bond funds away from the ill-conceived delta tunnels.