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.”
“An old idea to supply badly needed water to overdrafted wells northeast of Salinas is bubbling up again, this time in the form of a project that, among other things, could rescue an important Salinas River water right.”
“Cachuma Lake, the source of drinking water for 200,000 people on the southern coast of Santa Barbara County, from Goleta to Carpinteria, is disappearing. It is becoming a startling emblem of California’s debilitating drought, with little hope that conditions will improve any time soon.”
From The Salinas Californian, in a commentary by Norm Groot:
“Salinas Valley growers have created a unique situation here for a water supply solution: release water from reservoirs on a year-round basis to allow for percolation to the groundwater basin, thus causing recharge for the water pumped for irrigation purposes. This is an effective and efficient solution to providing water to one of the best farming regions in the world.”
From The Salinas Californian, in a commentary by Dave Nordstrand:
“Used to be this time of year, water in Toro Creek would be flowing swiftly — like it had a purpose in life. One year, in fact, people living along Portolla Drive, which borders the creek, called this newspaper to report seeing salmon swimming up its swift and frigid waters. ”
“A Salinas assemblyman is joining with a bipartisan Latino coalition to call on a water crisis solution that focuses on water storage, flood management, delta sustainability and clean water for disadvantaged communities.
“The coalition will join a long line of legislators who believe their emphasis and vision of a water solution is the best, and the line is getting longer.”
“Garden patches at the Boronda Crossing Shopping Center have a big job. Beyond their aesthetic appeal, the plants and rock form a bioswale — in effect, a filter — intended to reduce pollutants in rainwater runoff from entering creeks, estuaries and the Monterey Bay.”
“In the wake of heavy criticism and a lawsuit, Monterey County Counsel Charles McKee announced Tuesday he has asked the district attorney to investigate alleged violations of the state’s open meetings law by the Board of Supervisors and the Water Resources Agency board.”
“Cloudless, blue skies are spurring calls for action in the Pajaro Valley, where the lack of rain is adding pressure to stressed groundwater supplies.
“The Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency board will discuss a drought response, including a proposal for a voluntary 10 percent cut in water use, Wednesday. Watsonville Public Works and Utilities Director Steve Palmisano plans to bring the same proposal to the City Council on Jan.
“Water officials and the Monterey County counsel’s office declined a records request from The Salinas Californian asking for documentation surrounding a closed session meeting in which the county water district’s general manager reportedly was directed to begin discussions with California American Water Co. about selling water from the Salinas River to the privately held utility.”
From the Monterey County Herald, in a commentary by Peter Funt:
“‘My cat knows how to turn the faucet in the upstairs bathroom and I believe she ran the water for nine hours while I was out.’ I’ve been hearing stuff like that almost every day since renting an office in a building that houses the local water company.”
“Apparently, Monterey County Supervisors have met in closed session with the county water chief to discuss his ‘performance evaluation’ that included discussions about selling water from a controversial Salinas River water permit to privately held California American Water Co. to supply the thirsty Monterey Peninsula.”
“The yin and yang of the ocean will be on full display in the next few days, with some of the lowest tides of the year set to expose sea life at Santa Cruz County beaches.
“The King Tides also will bring some of the highest tides of the year, which can portend what rising sea levels could look like in the coming decades, according to researchers and environmental groups.”