From The Fresno Bee’s Earth Log blog by Mark Grossi:
“Federal authorities last week released a draft appraisal of enlarging San Luis Reservoir, the major watering hole in the center of the state. San Luis already had been hot news this year. Now it’s hotter.”
From the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) staff Switchboard blog, in a post by Kate Poole:
“The Los Angeles Daily News penned a noteworthy editorial last week titled ‘California is drowning in ancient and unfair water rules.’ It’s noteworthy because the editorial correctly debunks some of the common myths about California’s water system and, in doing so, points the way to several needed reforms:
“Myth 1 – urban southern California is the biggest wat
“The Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region announced today [Oct. 30] that Jason Phillips has been selected as the Deputy Regional Director. … When Phillips assumes his new responsibilities in mid-December, he will join the Regional Director’s Office as one of two deputies; Pablo Arroyave has served as the Deputy Regional Director since 2009.
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):
“The Central Valley Project (CVP) began the 2014 water year that started on Oct. 1 with 5.1 million acre-feet of water stored in its major reservoirs, the lowest amount since 2009.
“Surface storage in California has taken a big hit after consecutive dry years. Two years ago there was 9.3 million acre-feet in the CVP’s six big reservoirs — Folsom, Millerton New Melones, Shasta, Trinity and the federal-state San Luis. A year ago there was 6.9 million acre-feet. The 15-year average carry-over for these reservoirs on Oct.
“On Sunday, October 13, the Bureau of Reclamation will begin increasing releases from Goodwin Dam into the Stanislaus River. These releases will be in the form of two pulses. The first will begin on October 13, and will increase to 900 cubic-feet-per-second on October 14, then drop to 450 cfs on October 17. The second pulse will begin at 1:00 a.m. on October 23, and will ramp up quickly to a peak of about 2,000 cfs by 1:00 p.m.
“Shasta County was in the midst of the second of its big boom times. In the fall on 1938 thousands of men had poured into the northern end of the Sacramento Valley, setting up lean-tos and shanty towns on the outskirts of Redding, near the Diestelhorst Bridge and further north.
“Just as the hunt for gold brought scores of men north in the hopes of striking it rich, the prospect of finding work on the last of the Great Depression’s major reclamation projects marked the start of another economic boom for the area.”
“As part of a feature-film shoot that’s been taking place in the Redding area in recent weeks, the federal managers of the [Shasta] dam agreed to open various sections familiar to anyone who’s taken the public tour. …
From the Redding Record Searchlight, in a commentary by Jim Milestone, superintendent of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area:
“The National Park Service at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Shasta Historical Society, Friends of Whiskeytown and the Shasta Union High School District will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s visit to Whiskeytown Dam with two events on Saturday.
“The first event is a Sunrise Celebration beginning at 6:30 a.m. at Whiskeytown Dam. … The second event is at the David Marr Theater in Redding and will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Dozens of people wore bright yellow t-shirts Friday to make history on top of the Shasta Dam. The community is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the groundbreaking of the Shasta Dam construction project.
From the Redding Record Searchlight, in a commentary by David Guy, president of the Northern California Water Association (NCWA):
“The anniversary this week commemorating the 1938 groundbreaking provides a moment to reflect on Shasta Dam, the role that surface storage serves today in California, and how these facilities have shaped the landscape in Northern California….
“Like most great public works projects, the management of Lake Shasta will continue to evolve for the next 75 years to reflect new and changing values in our society.”
From the Northern California Water Association (NCWA) Blog in a post by NCWA President David Guy:
“In the summer of 1938, during the height of the Great Depression, ground was broken for the largest public works project in Northern California. The people in Northern California this past week honored the important role that Shasta Dam and the resulting Shasta Lake play in the community and the larger Sacramento Valley.