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Aquafornia news Eugene Register-Guard

Rolling through Oregon [Folsom Dam gate photo]

From the Eugene Register-Guard:

Gresham Transfer is driving a total of 10 gates through Oregon to the Folsom dam, about 25 miles northeast of Sacramento.

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Aquafornia news Fresno Bee Earth Log blog by Mark Grossi

Blog: 40% Losses Expected in Friant Dam Water Releases

From The Fresno Bee Earth Log blog by Mark Grossi:

“Curious about the water flowing out of Friant Dam into the San Joaquin River during this intense drought? The news about it continues to evolve.”

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Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

San Joaquin Valley Water Users Irked By Feds’ Use of Millerton Lake for West-side Farms

From The Fresno Bee:

“Farmers, water district officials and city leaders expressed frustration Thursday over the decision by federal managers to tap water from Friant Dam to meet a long-standing obligation with west-side landowners.”

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Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Reclamation Makes Historic Releases of Water from Friant Dam to San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Due to Drought

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

“Reclamation will begin increasing releases from Friant Dam near Fresno into the San Joaquin River on Thursday to help meet contractual obligations to deliver Central Valley Project water to the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Water Authority on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley.”

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Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

Millerton Lake to Be Tapped for Northern San Joaquin Valley Users, Officials Say

From The Fresno Bee:

“For the first time ever, federal water managers will tap San Joaquin River water to meet contractual obligations to west side landowners, officials announced Tuesday.”

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Aquafornia news Eugene [Oregon] Register-Guard

Oversized Load for Folsom Dam to Pass Through on I-5

From the Eugene [Oregon] Register-Guard:

“An oversized load carrying two gates for a California hydro dam will pass through Oregon Tuesday and Wednesday nights on interstates 205 and 5 — and take a breather at a rest stop north of Eugene.”

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Aquafornia news NPR

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Fields and Farm Jobs Dry Up With California’s Worsening Drought

From NPR:

“As droughts have worsened in recent years, federal authorities have released less and less water from a web of reservoirs and canals in northern California that feeds farms and cities in the arid south. For the first time in six decades, most farmers on the east side of this valley have been told they will get no federal irrigation water.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Water Supply Outlook Improves; Delta Channel Barriers Canceled

From The Sacramento Bee:

“A wet March is yielding benefits for California’s water supply, as state and federal officials announced Friday that deliveries to some of their contractors will be increased.”

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Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Feather River Farmers Receive Full Water Supply, and Plan Water Transfers

From the Chico Enterprise-Record:

“After months of waiting, farmers with strong water rights along the Feather River received news that 100 percent of their contracted amount of water will be delivered. … Just a few weeks ago, these same irrigation districts were told they would only receive half of their water.”

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Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Spring Rain and Snow Bring Increased Water Allocations

From Capital Public Radio:

“The California Department of Water Resources says State Water Project deliveries that had been zero will increase to five percent. … The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says it is increasing Central Valley Project water allocations for North of Delta Settlement Contractors and wildlife refuges from 40 to 75 percent.”

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Aquafornia news Associated Press

California Farmers to Get More Water

From the Associated Press:

“Drought-stricken California farmers and cities are set to get more water as state and federal officials ease cutbacks due to recent rain and snow, officials announced on Friday.”

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Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Reclamation Announces Update to 2014 CVP Water Supply for Settlement Contractors and Refuges

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

“The Bureau of Reclamation today [April 18] announced an update to the February 2014 Central Valley Project water supply for Sacramento River Settlement Contractors and wildlife refuges north-of-delta.
Aquafornia news San Diego Union Tribune

A sip to quench the thirst

From The San Diego Union Tribune:

“Some thirsty California cities and farms will receive a sip of water — not nearly enough to solve drought-induced woes but better than the nothing they had been expecting.

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Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Court Reinstates Challenge to Delta Water Deals

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

“A federal appeals court reinstated a challenge Wednesday from environmentalists to the government’s renewal of 41 long-term contracts for irrigation water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a suit seeking greater protection for the endangered delta smelt and other fish.”

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Aquafornia news Associated Press

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Court Rules for Environmentalists in Water Fight

From the Associated Press:

“An appeals court said Wednesday that federal officials should have consulted wildlife agencies about potential harm to a tiny, threatened fish before issuing contracts for water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.”

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Judges Overturn Rulings on Sacramento River Contracts

From the Los Angeles Times:

“A decision by a federal appeals court Wednesday could allow for changes in water deliveries to irrigation districts that hold senior rights to Sacramento River supplies.”

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Aquafornia news

Commentary: We Got the Rain, So Where’s the Water?

From The Modesto Bee, in a commentary by John Michelena:

“I have mixed feelings when I see those blue ‘Pray for Rain’ signs along our country roads. Though I thank the Almighty for sending rain, I think our state and federal governments have been lying to us about California’s drought and water.”

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Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Reclamation to Increase Stanislaus River Flows on April 14

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

“On Monday, April 14, the Bureau of Reclamation will begin increasing releases from Goodwin Dam into the Stanislaus River to benefit Stanislaus River steelhead and San Joaquin River Chinook salmon. Goodwin Dam is located downstream from Tulloch Dam and New Melones Dam and Reservoir, features of the Central Valley Project (CVP).”

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Aquafornia news San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Drought-stricken Southern California Could Get More Water, Regulators Say

From the San Gabriel Valley Tribune:

“A somewhat optimistic Mark Cowin, director of the California Department of Water Resources, said the flurry of late-winter storms could cause regulators to open the flood gates of the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project ever so slightly.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: California Water Plan Unveils Hardships to Come as Drought Persists

From The Sacramento Bee:

“As California’s drought stretches toward the hot summer months, state and federal officials are planning extraordinary measures to protect drinking water supplies and endangered Sacramento River salmon, according to a plan unveiled Wednesday.”

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