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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

San Juan Water District Urges Customers to Halt All Outdoor Watering

From The Sacramento Bee:

“One of the largest water agencies serving the Sacramento suburbs is asking customers to stop all outdoor watering amid continuing drought conditions.

“The San Juan Water District board of directors approved the move at its meeting Wednesday night.”

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Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Drought Prompts Deep Cuts in American River Flows

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Early this morning, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation was expected to cut water releases from Folsom Dam into the river from 1,100 cubic feet per second to 800 cfs. This will drop the river’s elevation within its bed by about 6 inches.

“It won’t stop there. Each night this week until Friday, dam releases will be cut in stages until flows reach 500 cfs.

Aquafornia news U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Reclamation Reduces Flows on American River in Preparation for Dry Conditions in Water Year 2014

From the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation:

“The Bureau of Reclamation announces reduced releases from Nimbus Dam to the lower American River. Beginning January 7, Reclamation will reduce flows in the lower American River from 1,100 cubic feet per second to 800 cfs, then gradually to 500 cfs by January 10. With the extended dry runoff conditions, flow reductions are needed to protect steelhead that will be spawning in the river in January and February. Flows need to be lowered now to a rate that can be sustained into spring with the limited storage available behind Folsom Dam.
Aquafornia news U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Donald R. Glaser Retires From Reclamation

From the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation:

“Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor has announced that Donald R. Glaser has retired after more than 30 years of federal government service. Most recently, Glaser served as the Mid-Pacific Regional Director and Director of the Technical Service Center.
Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Editorial: Water Situation is Dire, Requires Action

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Plan for a dry 2014 – so parched that extraordinary measures are needed now.

“California depends on a few winter storms in the Sierra Nevada between October and April for its water supplies, and they just haven’t happened.”

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Commentary: Delta Tunnels Would Not Harm Sacramento Water Users

From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Jerry Meral:

“In 1972, Sacramento County and I filed the original lawsuit against the East Bay Municipal Utility District to prevent the diversion of water into the Folsom South Canal upstream of Sacramento.
Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

2013 in Review: An Important Year for Shasta Dam

From the Redding Record Searchlight:

“For Shasta Dam, 2013 was a year of looking forward and back.

“While Shasta County residents celebrated 75 years since work started on the dam, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation continued to move forward with plans to make significant changes to the concrete structure.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Folsom Lake’s Decline Exposes Gold Rush History

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Folsom Lake’s historically low water level has exposed remnants of the Gold Rush mining town of Mormon Island, the last to be razed in anticipation of the flooding of the American River Canyon upon completion of Folsom Dam. The town was buried by water in 1955.”

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

San Luis Reservoir Proposal Would Fortify Dam

From the Stockton Record:

“A proposal to enlarge a key reservoir south of the Delta would also make the dam less likely to fail during an earthquake, a disaster that would flood portions of Stockton and south San Joaquin County.”

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Aquafornia news Washington Post

Sally Jewell at a Different Kind of Summit: Head of Department of the Interior

From the Washington Post:

“Sally Jewell would rather scale the Washington Monument than sit in one more meeting about cutting her budget. This is not just hyperbole. The secretary of the interior has done both and clearly prefers the former.
Aquafornia news Folsom Telegraph

Folsom Issues Water Warning, Old Walls and Foundations Emerge from Lake Bed

From The Folsom Telegraph:

“As the level of Folsom Lake continues to drop, Folsom city officials have issued a ‘water warning,’ sparking mandatory water-use restrictions. … The last time the lake was near this level was 2009.

“According to Marcus Yasutake, the city’s director of Environmental and Water Resources, Roseville, Folsom and San Juan Water District officials have been meeting regularly with [U.S.

Aquafornia news Delta Stewardship Council (DSC)

News Release: Independent Science Panel Releases Review of 2013 Long-term Operations Biological Opinion Actions

From the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC):

“An independent science panel convened by the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Science Program has released its annual review of the implementation of actions required under the Endangered Species Act for the prior year’s operations of the State/Federal Water Projects.”

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Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: San Luis Reservoir, One of California’s Largest, Would Grow Bigger Under Proposed $360 Million Expansion

From the San Jose Mercury News:

“On a summer day in 1962, President John F. Kennedy helicoptered into the hot, dusty grasslands between Gilroy and Los Banos and pushed a dynamite plunger in a ceremony with California Gov. Pat Brown. …

“Now, half a century later, the federal government is proposing to expand the reservoir, a key source of water for Central Valley farmers and Silicon Valley — albeit with less fanfare.

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Commentary: Promise to Farmers Must Be Kept

From The Fresno Bee, in a commentary by Tom Nassif:

“A federal report last week called attention to land subsidence in the San Joaquin Valley as a result of excessive pumping of groundwater. It is true that groundwater is being used to irrigate farms at an unsustainable rate. It is also true that something needs to change. …

“Farmers who were promised an adequate and reliable supply of water delivered through a system they pay for are being told to expect no water at all in 2014.

Aquafornia news Fresno Bee's Earth Log blog by Mark Grossi

Blog: San Luis Reservoir Expansion Pondered

From The Fresno Bee’s Earth Log blog by Mark Grossi:

“Federal authorities last week released a draft appraisal of enlarging San Luis Reservoir, the major watering hole in the center of the state. San Luis already had been hot news this year. Now it’s hotter.”

Read more from the Earth Log Learn more about the San Luis Reservoir on Water Education Foundation’s Aquapedia

Aquafornia news Modesto Bee and Merced Sun-Star

Federal Officials Study Enlarging San Luis Reservoir


From The Modesto Bee and Merced Sun-Star:

“The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation estimates it would cost $360 million to raise B.F. Sisk Dam by 20 feet and expand the reservoir by 130,000 acre-feet of water. …

“Sisk Dam and San Luis Reservoir are about 12 miles west of Los Banos in Merced County. They are key parts of the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project.”

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Aquafornia news Fresno Bee Earth Log blog by Mark Grossi

Blog: San Luis Reservoir Expansion in Merced County?

From The Fresno Bee Earth Log blog by Mark Grossi:

“Federal authorities this week released their appraisal of enlarging San Luis Reservoir, the major watering hole in the center of the state. This reservoir is always worth following.”

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Learn more about the San Luis Reservoir on Water Education Foundation’s Aquapedia


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Blog: Restoring Fairness to the World of California Water

From the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) staff Switchboard blog, in a post by Kate Poole:

“The Los Angeles Daily News penned a noteworthy editorial last week titled ‘California is drowning in ancient and unfair water rules.’ It’s noteworthy because the editorial correctly debunks some of the common myths about California’s water system and, in doing so, points the way to several needed reforms:

“Myth 1 – urban southern California is the biggest wat

Aquafornia news Alex Breitler Environment blog

Blog: Kennedy’s Last California Speech

From the Alex Breitler Environment blog:

“It’s all Kennedy, all the time at my house right now. Some of the documentaries about the 50th anniversary of his assassination have been outstanding.

“The coverage made me think about Kennedy’s last visit to California.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

CVP Reservoirs at Lowest Since 2009

From Capital Public Radio:

“Dry weather has CVP [Central Valley Project] reservoirs holding just 5.1 million acre feet of water. The 15 year average for this time of year is 7 million acre feet.”

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