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Delta Issues

Aquafornia news CALmatters

Battling rising seas, Louisiana ‘gets on with it’—minus California-style climate talk

Pat Brister sits at a conference table and ponders the subject that preoccupies her professional life: water. Brister, the council president in St. Tammany Parish, a county north of New Orleans, calculates that more than a third of her workday is spent thinking about the quietly lapping waters of Lake Pontchartrain outside her door and the intemperate Gulf of Mexico that feeds it.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Santa Clara Valley Water District rejects governor’s twin Delta tunnels plan

In a landmark vote closely watched across California, Silicon Valley’s largest water agency on Tuesday rejected Gov. Jerry Brown’s $17 billion plan to build two giant tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Brown should compromise and settle for just one Delta tunnel

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein recalls Gov. Jerry Brown pitching her to support his costly twin-tunnels water plan. He showed her the environmental analysis and she was shocked. Shocked not at the contents, but at the documents’ size.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Despite some opposition from Los Angeles, giant Southern California water agency approves Delta tunnels project

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s board voted to pay for about a quarter of the tunnels project, Gov. Jerry Brown’s $17.1 billion effort to re-engineer the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and improve water deliveries to south state cities and farms.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Q&A: Persuading Delta Residents that Twin Tunnels Would Be Good

From The Sacramento Bee:

Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, offered The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board his view of California’s plumbing system last week.

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Editorial: Spending on the Delta a Sticking Point in the Water Bond

From The Sacramento Bee:

If Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers want voters to weigh in this year on a multibillion-dollar water bond – a big if – they will need to compromise on what may seem like an arcane point: Who controls the money earmarked for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta?

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Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

AquaAlliance Denied Injunction for Water Transfers, Presses On

From the Chico Enterprise-Record:

The federal District Court in Fresno denied a legal effort by Chico’s AquAlliance and the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance to stop water transfers this year.

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San Joaquin County Supervisors Still Against Twin Tunnels

From the Stockton Record:

San Joaquin County supervisors agreed Tuesday to oppose Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels project – for the second time – and to send nearly 100 pages of highly critical comments to state and federal officials. 

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Delta Water Getting Saltier, Fish Kills Show

From the Stockton Record:

Sardine-like fish that spend most of their lives in the ocean were sucked by the thousands into the south Delta export pumps near Tracy this spring.

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: San Joaquin County Paints Grim Picture of Twin Tunnels’ Impact

From the Stockton Record:

Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed twin tunnels “will effectively destroy the Delta as it exists today,” and will forever alter San Joaquin County’s economy, county officials warn in a new report.

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Diverse Task Force Tackles Delta Weeds

From the Stockton Record:

Agencies from San Joaquin and Contra Costa counties to NASA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture formed an invasive-weed task force seeking holistic, more comprehensive solutions to free the Delta from its oppressors.

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Q&A: 10 Questions with Whitey Rasmussen

From the Stockton Record:

Seventy-plus years later, [Whitey] Rasmussen is still tying his own feathered flies and crafting his own lures, still using them to catch his own trophy fish, and still telling some great stories in a way that only an ex-Navy man can. But Rasmussen is more than a storyteller.

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Stockton Can Continue to Pump Water from Delta this Summer

From the Stockton Record:

Stockton can continue to pump water from the Delta this summer, ensuring that its new $220-million drinking-water plant — funded by ratepayers —won’t be standing idle.

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: State Supreme Court to Rule in Delta Property-rights Case

From The Sacramento Bee:

The California Supreme Court has agreed to decide an epic battle over whether the state must condemn and acquire parcels on tens of thousands of acres of private property to conduct preliminary testing for Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to construct two large water-conveyance tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Tunnel Objections Formalized

From the Stockton Record:

The lone state agency to oppose Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels plan warns that the project could force marinas out of business and take a big bite out of Delta agriculture.

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Delta Tunnels, Conservancy in Spotlight as Senate Bond Proposal Falters

From The Sacramento Bee:

With the governor’s controversial Delta tunnel project a key part of the debate, lawmakers on Monday failed to advance a leading Senate proposal to put a revised water bond on the November ballot.

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Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

American River Water Flows Increased to Fight Salinity

From Capital Public Radio:

Water flows into the American River have been increased despite the drought.

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Commission Asks Residents What Delta Should Be Called

From the Stockton Record:

As part of a “branding” effort to increase public awareness about the estuary, the Delta Protection Commission is asking residents to help decide whether the Delta should be referred to as “The California Delta” or “The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Editorial: Touchy Politics of Delta Hijacked Branding Campaign

From The Sacramento Bee:

Quick quiz: What’s the name of the watery landscape stretching from Sacramento to the San Francisco Bay?

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Commentary: Brown’s Tunnel Plan Looms Over Effort to Pass Water Bonds

From the Los Angeles Times, in a commentary by George Skelton:

As lawmakers struggle to craft a water bond proposal for voters, there’s a huge reservoir of wonderful, non-controversial project ideas. But practically everyone is suffering from tunnel vision. Literally.

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