City water rates are going up again, from 4.5 to 6 percent over the next two years. The City Council Tuesday voted 5-0 in favor of the increase. … Public Works Director David Schickling said the rate increase is needed because the city’s cost to acquire water is going up.
It’s all about the water. As far as agricultural land values, that is. A new report on the outlook for Kern County ag land values shows water emerging as a major deciding factor in what land is worth, according to Michael Ming, a broker for Alliance Ag Services LLC.
The taps of many East Bay residents are now flowing with the crisp waters of the Sierras after a five-month hiatus. East Bay Municipal District (EBMUD) announced that customers west of the Oakland Hills would no longer receive source water from local reservoirs, as was the case since Nov. 2016 while the Orinda Water Treatment Plant underwent upgrades.
As one of the wettest California winters in memory nears its end, the state’s major reservoirs are all essentially full or well above their historical average levels. … In spite of their replenished supplies, the glass is still half empty for many farmers and urban water districts. They feel the state should have had more, or higher, dams in place to bank away more of the precipitation that ran into the sea during the past few months.
Farmers have griped for years about how environmental restrictions on the amount of water pumped from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta have pinched their operations. Now an economic report puts actual numbers to that griping.
The Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District has held senior water rights on Humboldt County’s main water supply at Ruth Lake reservoir since the 1950s, but come 2029 there may be a few new straws in cup. The district’s water rights are up for review by the State Water Resources Control Board in 2029, but the district’s water use has reduced by 80 percent because of the closure of the two Samoa peninsula pulp mills it used to supply.
Here’s the central one: Three years after California passed what’s often called a landmark groundwater regulation law, no one knows how much under-surface water remains accessible to wells and no one has a clue to how much replenishment the state’s supplies actually got from last winter’s massive storms.
The federal government said Monday it plans to release an above-average amount of water from a major reservoir in the Southwestern U.S. this year, but it’s less than many hoped after a healthy snow season across much of the West.
More companies than ever before are setting water targets, yet global water stress continues to rise. How can companies ensure that their water targets align with meaningful outcomes? In this discussion paper, CDP, CEO Water Mandate (a project of the Pacific Institute and the UN Global Compact), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), World Resources Institute (WRI), and WWF call for a new approach for setting meaningful corporate water targets that take into account the unique local contexts of the basins in which companies operate.
Seems like California is not the only land mass to benefit from a surplus of water these days. The moon of Saturn, Enceladus, is swimming in warm liquid water, enough to create plumes of hydrogen gas erupting from the subsurface of the ocean floor, NASA and Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists reported Thursday.
Knee-high tufts of grass dot the streets of Hardwick, a rural neighborhood with a few dozen homes hemmed in by vineyards and walnut and almond orchards in California’s agriculture-rich San Joaquin Valley.
The California National Guard on Monday joined more than a dozen other agencies to help the Yurok tribe combat rampant marijuana grows that have threatened the reservation’s water supply, harmed its salmon and interfered with cultural ceremonies. …
The breakthrough came in April when governor’s office staff was discussing the drought with tribal officials.
The plan won’t help with the immediate drought crisis, but the document is important in the long run because it states the county’s case for a share of state bond money – not only what’s left of voter-approved Proposition 84, but also whatever funds are available should a new water bond pass in November.
From the H2outlook blog, in a post by Metropolitan Water District of Southern California General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger:
The state/federal effort to improve the reliability of water supplies from Northern California and restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is now in its seventh year, a testament to the time and hard work necessary to come up with a lasting solution. From the outside, it may be difficult to gauge progress of the Bay Delta Conservation Program at any given time.
“Stockton could wind up as one of thousands of cities, irrigation districts or landowners to be subjected to what are called ‘curtailments’ for the whole summer. Essentially, they are orders to stop pumping water due to the drought.”