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.
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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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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