“Facing a looming deadline to present the state with a new Salinas Valley water project, an advisory committee has narrowed its list to roughly a half-dozen draft concepts, including a valley-long pipeline that would move the city of Salinas off groundwater.”
From The Salinas Californian, in a commentary by Norm Groot:
“With our current water crisis taking on so many different levels of discussion, it becomes easy to overlook the importance of having a healthy, safe and stable food supply for our state and nation. Taking water away from farmers and ranchers means less choices and higher prices for consumers; that is simple supply-and-demand economics.”
“The Tribune’s investigative award is for a five-part series and subsequent coverage on wine and water that documented the precipitous drop in the North County’s main groundwater source and the risks that poses for residents and the county’s economy.”
“Two things became clear halfway through a Regional Water Board meeting in Salinas Thursday morning: Everybody wants to cooperate but factions often have differing and passionate views on how to clear the Salinas River channel to prevent flooding.
“Presentations by the Regional Quality Control Board staff, The Nature Conservancy and a coalition of farmers and farming interests all complemented each other in seeking collaboratively to find ways to address flood protection along the 94-mile stretch of river while providing safe habitat for endangered
“Like most Californians, we’re no slouches when it comes to saving water. We turn off the tap when we brush our teeth; run full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher; and we can’t remember the last time we washed our car.”
“For Apolinar Yerena of Yerena Farms in Castroville, forcing huge amounts of water down a drill bore to extract oil makes no sense when farmers up and down California are or will be hurting for water during the drought.”
“A judge ruled the failed regional desalination project agreements can still be challenged, but only by the Monterey County Water Resources Agency and not California American Water.
“Marina Coast Water District, a former regional project partner with Cal Am and the county, has alleged its partners should pay its project costs, estimated at $15 million to $18 million, because they backed out of valid project agreements.”
From The Salinas Californian, in a commentary by Dennis Taylor:
“While farmers in the Salinas Valley are increasingly worried about future irrigation water, the federal Bureau of Reclamation told farmers in the Central Valley on Friday that they will have a zero allocation of water from the Central Valley Water Project.
“Meanwhile, Republicans and Democrats in Sacramento are introducing water bills that often serve only to counter the other party’s water bills.
From The Salinas Californian, in a commentary by Kim Stemler:
“Monterey County vineyards are ‘dusty in the middle of January,’ said Andy Mitchell, director of vineyard operations at 400,000-case Hahn Family Wines. ‘Last year was bad, but this year is much worse.’ …
“So what does the drought bode? It’s too early to say and it could mean a decrease in yields for 2014.”
“A conservation group is working on a demonstration project in the Salinas River to inject science into an emotional argument about the best way to achieve flood protection for growers while maintaining critical habitat for endangered wildlife.”
From The Salinas Californian, in a commentary by Dennis L. Taylor:
“I received a voice mail this week from a fellow who was indignant that some grower out on Williams Road was intermittently watering empty dirt and asphalt in the midst of the Drought of the Century, keeping in mind, of course, that this century is still a teenager.
“This caller’s experience is a great example of both misconceptions and shortfalls.”