Weekend Wrap-Up: From Bay-Delta to Fracking
Welcome back! Here’s the weekend wrap-up:
At the top of the scroll: Bay-Delta issues were covered in the following range of pieces: “Powerful California Water District Backs Tunnel Plan” from The Associated Press; “Valley Water Leaders Call for Policy Reforms at Delta Summit” in The Fresno Bee; ”Water Agencies Must Prep for Climate Change,” an editorial in The Sacramento Bee; and “State Needs More Water, Not Just Improved Sharing,” a commentary by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein @SenFeinstein on August 1 tweeted the following: Just introduced bill to restore and protect Lake Tahoe Basin with @SenatorReid, @SenDeanHeller, @SenatorBoxer. Feinstein’s tweet linked to her news release, “California, Nevada Senators Introduce Bill to Restore Lake Tahoe Basin.” The Tahoe Daily Tribune reported, “Bill Would Provide $415 Million for Lake Tahoe Basin Programs.”
At the state Capitol, the Assembly returns from summer recess today, the Senate next Monday. Among the issues will be the California Environmental Quality Act and hydraulic fracking as The Sacramento Bee reported in “Lawmakers Make Final Push.”
The weekend news crawl also had headlines on fracking, including “U.S. to Start First California Study of Fracking” in the San Francisco Chronicle and “Oil Companies Fracking Off California Coast” from The Associated Press, and marijuana/water issues, including “Join the Conversation: Environment Going to Pot” in The Sacramento Bee and “State Agency [Water Quality Control Board] Must Do Its Job,” an editorial in the Chico Enterprise-Record.
Water Word of the Week: Aquafornia’s Water Word of the Week from sister site Aquapedia — the Water Education Foundation’s new interactive online water encyclopedia — is actually two words: Flood Management. To learn more, read the post, “Aquafornia Water Word(s) of the Week: Flood Management.”
Last Week’s Top Stories: The most viewed story was “Fears Over Water Rise from Drop to Stream.” The most viewed commentary was “Q&A: Driller Shares Views on Valley Well Problems.”
What’s on the Calendar? This week’s events include “Measuring, Quantifying and Reporting Drought Impacts,” a workshop today through Wednesday in San Diego sponsored by the Western States Water Council and California Department of Water Resources in cooperation with the Western Governors’ Association; a State Water Resources Control Board meeting Tuesday, August 6, in Sacramento; the Project WET 16th Annual Water Education Conference August 7-9 in Colorado; and the Bay Delta Conservation Plan Finance Working Group meeting Thursday, August 8, in West Sacramento. Also, the Sacramento River Watershed Program will present the third series of Watershed Management Workshops across the state.