Weekend Wrap-Up: Fracking; Drought
Welcome back! Here’s the weekend wrap-up on Aquafornia:
At the top of the scroll: “EPA Weighs New Fracking Rule” headlined a National Journal article, following Friday’s U.S. Environmental Protection Agency news release, “EPA Seeking Public Comment on Enhancing Transparency for Chemicals and Mixtures Used in Hydraulic Fracturing.”
Drought-related articles included the following: “Drought’s Latest Effect? Sacramento Valley Farmers Fallow Rice Land” and “California Almond Farmers, Lured by High Profits to Expand Orchards, Face a Drought Struggle,” The Sacramento Bee, along with “Drought is Forcing State to Prepare for Wildfires,” Associated Press. A post from The Bee’s Capitol Alert blog was titled “Drought Hits California’s Capitol Park.”
Also in the news roundup were these headlines: “Judge Rejects Environmental Challenges to Mojave Groundwater Project,” Los Angeles Times; “Federal Government Failed to Inspect Higher Risk Oil Wells” and “Warm, Windy Mother’s Day Preview of California Weather,” Associated Press, and “Decent Salmon Season Expected Amid Scarce Past, Iffy Future,” San Francisco Chronicle.
Free Drought Briefing: “The Challenges of Drought: Water Project Operations” is the topic of a free Wednesday, June 4, briefing cosponsored by the California Department of Water Resources and Water Education Foundation at the Sacramento Convention Center.
Aquafornia Water Word of the Week: Aquafornia’s Water Word of the Week from sister site Aquapedia is Flood Management, which is also the focus of a Foundation tour May 14-15. Read the post: “Flood Management: Aquafornia Water Word of the Week.”
Last Week’s Top Stories: The most viewed story was “Anti-drought Bill the Talk of the California Delegation,” from the McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau. Excluding news articles, “Missing from This Year’s Water Debate: Celeste Cantú Knows a Cheaper, Better Way,” a post from the California Forward blog, and “Something Fishy About High Level of Stanislaus River,” a commentary from The Fresno Bee, tied in receiving the most views.
What’s on the Calendar? Among this week’s events include the Foundation’s Flood Management Tour (Field Trip) May 14-15. Seats are still available for this two-day, one-night tour, which will explore flood threat and flood management programs related to the South Delta and the lower San Joaquin River.