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Women Leading in Water, Colorado River Drought and Promising Solutions — Western Water Year in Review

Dear Western Water readers:

Women named in the last year to water leadership roles (clockwise, from top left): Karla Nemeth, director, California Department of Water Resources; Gloria Gray,  chair, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; Brenda Burman, Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner; Jayne Harkins,  commissioner, International Boundary and Water Commission, U.S. and Mexico; Amy Haas, executive director, Upper Colorado River Commission.The growing leadership of women in water. The Colorado River’s persistent drought and efforts to sign off on a plan to avert worse shortfalls of water from the river. And in California’s Central Valley, promising solutions to vexing water resource challenges.

These were among the topics that Western Water news explored in 2018.

We’re already planning a full slate of stories for 2019. You can sign up here to be alerted when new stories are published. In the meantime, take a look at what we dove into in 2018:

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Q&A: Persuading Delta Residents that Twin Tunnels Would Be Good

From The Sacramento Bee:

Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, offered The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board his view of California’s plumbing system last week.

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Editorial: Spending on the Delta a Sticking Point in the Water Bond

From The Sacramento Bee:

If Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers want voters to weigh in this year on a multibillion-dollar water bond – a big if – they will need to compromise on what may seem like an arcane point: Who controls the money earmarked for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta?

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Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

AquaAlliance Denied Injunction for Water Transfers, Presses On

From the Chico Enterprise-Record:

The federal District Court in Fresno denied a legal effort by Chico’s AquAlliance and the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance to stop water transfers this year.

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Aquafornia news

San Joaquin County Supervisors Still Against Twin Tunnels

From the Stockton Record:

San Joaquin County supervisors agreed Tuesday to oppose Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels project – for the second time – and to send nearly 100 pages of highly critical comments to state and federal officials. 

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Delta Water Getting Saltier, Fish Kills Show

From the Stockton Record:

Sardine-like fish that spend most of their lives in the ocean were sucked by the thousands into the south Delta export pumps near Tracy this spring.

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: San Joaquin County Paints Grim Picture of Twin Tunnels’ Impact

From the Stockton Record:

Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed twin tunnels “will effectively destroy the Delta as it exists today,” and will forever alter San Joaquin County’s economy, county officials warn in a new report.

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Diverse Task Force Tackles Delta Weeds

From the Stockton Record:

Agencies from San Joaquin and Contra Costa counties to NASA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture formed an invasive-weed task force seeking holistic, more comprehensive solutions to free the Delta from its oppressors.

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Q&A: 10 Questions with Whitey Rasmussen

From the Stockton Record:

Seventy-plus years later, [Whitey] Rasmussen is still tying his own feathered flies and crafting his own lures, still using them to catch his own trophy fish, and still telling some great stories in a way that only an ex-Navy man can. But Rasmussen is more than a storyteller.

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Stockton Can Continue to Pump Water from Delta this Summer

From the Stockton Record:

Stockton can continue to pump water from the Delta this summer, ensuring that its new $220-million drinking-water plant — funded by ratepayers —won’t be standing idle.

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: State Supreme Court to Rule in Delta Property-rights Case

From The Sacramento Bee:

The California Supreme Court has agreed to decide an epic battle over whether the state must condemn and acquire parcels on tens of thousands of acres of private property to conduct preliminary testing for Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to construct two large water-conveyance tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Tunnel Objections Formalized

From the Stockton Record:

The lone state agency to oppose Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels plan warns that the project could force marinas out of business and take a big bite out of Delta agriculture.

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Delta Tunnels, Conservancy in Spotlight as Senate Bond Proposal Falters

From The Sacramento Bee:

With the governor’s controversial Delta tunnel project a key part of the debate, lawmakers on Monday failed to advance a leading Senate proposal to put a revised water bond on the November ballot.

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Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

American River Water Flows Increased to Fight Salinity

From Capital Public Radio:

Water flows into the American River have been increased despite the drought.

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Commission Asks Residents What Delta Should Be Called

From the Stockton Record:

As part of a “branding” effort to increase public awareness about the estuary, the Delta Protection Commission is asking residents to help decide whether the Delta should be referred to as “The California Delta” or “The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Editorial: Touchy Politics of Delta Hijacked Branding Campaign

From The Sacramento Bee:

Quick quiz: What’s the name of the watery landscape stretching from Sacramento to the San Francisco Bay?

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Aquafornia news

Commentary: Brown’s Tunnel Plan Looms Over Effort to Pass Water Bonds

From the Los Angeles Times, in a commentary by George Skelton:

As lawmakers struggle to craft a water bond proposal for voters, there’s a huge reservoir of wonderful, non-controversial project ideas. But practically everyone is suffering from tunnel vision. Literally.

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee Capitol Alert blog

Blog: Anti-Delta Tunnel Groups Gear Up to Oppose Water Bonds

From The Sacramento Bee Capitol Alert blog:

California lawmakers haven’t finished maneuvering to get a new water bond on the ballot in November, but opponents have already begun mobilizing.

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

American River Flow Increased to Stem Delta Salinity

From The Sacramento Bee:

Water flows into the American River were increased Tuesday, despite the ongoing drought, because state and federal officials are fighting to keep salinity from San Francisco Bay from intruding into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

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Aquafornia news

Commentary: Delta Plans Completely Ignore Non-English Speakers

From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Javier Padilla Reyes:

The reckless indifference of Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration in failing to provide adequate access and participation for non-English speaking Californians shows that the state’s rush to build the twin Delta tunnels at all costs effectively disregards nearly 600,000 Delta residents and 20 percent of California’s population.

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