Labor Day Weekend Wrap-Up: Legislature; Delta
Welcome back! Here’s the weekend wrap-up:
At the top of the scroll: The state Legislature made news with these headlines: “Crunch Time Begins for California Lawmakers” from Capital Public Radio; “Assembly, Senate Take Different Paths to Water Bond Rewrite,” an article in The Sacramento Bee; “Fix CEQA, End Carve-Outs for Special Projects,” an editorial in The Sacramento Bee; and “Amendment Elevates Salton Sea Geothermal Resources in Procurement Process,” an article in the Imperial Valley Press.
The Delta was also a weekend news topic. “New Water Tunnel Route Sets Up Conservation Battle Over Delta Island” was a front page article in The Sacramento Bee on Sunday. The U-T San Diego Editorial Board published two Q&A commentaries: “Twin Tunnels Ensure Reliability of Water Supply” and “Bay Delta Conservation Plan Would Hurt Delta, Farm Economy.”
Also in the news were these articles: “High Cost of Fighting Urban Runoff Examined in Report” in the Los Angeles Times; “Poisoning a Sierra Stream to Save the World’s Rarest Trout” in the Los Angeles Times; and “Population Growth Increases Climate Fear” in the San Francisco Chronicle.
In blogging news, Michael J. McGuire tweeted Sept. 2 about his This Day in Water History blog: “They said it couldn’t be done…1 yr of daily blogs about #water #history. Who knew that there was that much to share?”
Water Word of the Week: Are you curious to learn more about the people who have events named after them such as the Anne J. Schneider Foundation Lecture Series? Aquafornia’s Water Word of the Week from sister site Aquapedia is Anne J. Schneider, whose bio is included in the Historical Water People section of the Water Education Foundation’s free online water encyclopedia. To learn more, read the post, “Anne J. Schneider: Aquafornia Water Word of the Week.”
Last Week’s Top Stories: The most viewed story was “Massive New Wetlands Restoration Reshapes San Francisco Bay” in the San Jose Mercury News. The most viewed commentary was “Water, the Delta and Prosperity,” by Jerry Meral, deputy secretary, California Natural Resources Agency, in the Manteca Bulletin.
What’s on the Calendar? Join the Water Education Foundation and The Coalition to Support Near-Term Delta Projects for a special one-day tour of the Delta on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Foundation tours also scheduled this year include the Northern California Tour Oct. 16-18 and the San Joaquin River Restoration Tour Nov. 7-8.