For the past eight years, the California Coastal Commission has worked closely with the Marin County staff and the public to update its Local Coastal Program to guide future development. We have attended countless public meetings, we have toured farms and sampled strawberries, we have watched cows being milked and cheese being made and we have spoken with some members of the agricultural community so frequently we are on a first-name basis.
Karen Ross, the Secretary for the California Department of Food and Agriculture, recently spoke about water in the Central Valley and made the following statement: “We know that demand for food worldwide will grow significantly over the next several decades, and we know that available natural resources are becoming more scarce–so to reach a point where sustainability can be achieved, all sides in the water discussion must truly communicate with one another. ….”
When almost 90,000 3-inch spring-run Chinook salmon shot into the darkness of the Eastside Bypass of the San Joaquin River the night of March 6, they didn’t get there alone. It took a strong, collaborative effort by numerous state, federal, university and private entities, working for months under the umbrella of the San Joaquin River Restoration Program (SJRRP) to ensure that the imperiled salmon species continued to thrive for future generations.
Safety experts say there is no time for delay in a state plan to restore the 770-foot Oroville Dam, and they warn California would face a “very significant risk” if a damaged spillway is not in working order by fall, the start of the next rainy season.
California farmers have a sympathetic president in the White House and have enjoyed one of the wettest winters on record. But those in a giant swath of the San Joaquin Valley, one of the most productive agricultural regions in the country, are due to get only two-thirds of their water allotment this year from the federal government.
Among the governor’s priorities, including several with their own revenue streams, are creating an express lane network he says will relieve Bay Area congestion, extending BART to San Jose, raising Folsom Dam to improve flood protection, building a hydroelectric energy storage facility in Riverside County and purifying Los Angeles water now being discharged to the ocean in order to recharge groundwater basins.
Concern over the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s management of Anderson Dam bubbled to the surface at a meeting Wednesday night to update the public on a project to replace the structure, which spilled over in February for the 11th time in its 67-year history, resulting in some of the worst flooding San Jose has seen in decades.
Californians are more likely to favor beefing up the state’s flood control infrastructure than building Gov. Jerry Brown’s Delta tunnels, according to the latest poll from the Public Policy Institute of California.
With ample rainfall and an above-average snowpack, west side San Joaquin Valley growers were hoping the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation would give them a 100 percent allocation of water this year from the Central Valley Project. They were wrong.
Farmers in a vast agricultural region of California will receive a significantly greater amount of irrigation water this summer compared to past drought years – but not their full supply, federal officials announced Wednesday.
The creature responsible for pollinating your tomatoes, peppers and cranberries is now back on the endangered species list following a lawsuit against the Trump administration by an environmental organization.
The Bureau of Reclamation today [March 22] announced the 2017 water supply allocation for the remaining Central Valley Project contractors. On Feb. 28, 2017, Reclamation announced the water supply allocation for CVP contractors in the Friant Division (Millerton Reservoir), Eastside Division (New Melones Reservoir), and the American River Division (Folsom Reservoir). The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) reports that as of March 20, the statewide average snow water equivalent in the Sierra Nevada was 44 inches, as compared to 25 inches last year.
This year’s lecturer is distinguished water attorney Robert B. Maddow, who will speak on “Anne’s New Paradigm for Sound Water and Natural Resources Policy—Creative Thinking Needed.” A discussion following the lecture will be facilitated by State Water Resources Control Board Chair Felicia Marcus. The event will be held on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento.
Golf course architect Andy Staples is one person working to change the golf industry. He recently completed a redesign of Rockwind Community Links, owned by the city of Hobbs, New Mexico, earning it recognition from Golf Digest as one of the top 10 new courses in North America. The redesign was intended not only to save water, but to welcome women and youth golfers. It also opened the grounds to non-golfers with amenities such as hiking trails, an events hall, picnic areas and public access to a 5-acre lake.