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Delta Issues

Aquafornia news Delta Stewardship Council/Delta Science Program

News Release: Fish Predation Workshop Report Released

From the Delta Stewardship Council/Delta Science Program:

“The final report from a workshop on the current state of science about fish predation of Central Valley salmonids is now available. …  The Delta Stewardship Council/Delta Science Program, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and National Marine Fisheries Service sponsored the July 22-23 workshop.”

Read more from the news release


Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: California’s Delta: Inside and Out

From Capital Public Radio:

“Environment Reporter Amy Quinton takes a comprehensive look at how the Delta is tied to the rest of the state and what it means to everyday Californians. … California’s Delta: Inside and Out airs the week of October 7 on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.”
  • “California’s Water Supply, A 700 Mile Journey” Airs Oct. 7.
  • ” The Delta’s Fragile Ecology” airs Oct. 8.
  • “Food, Farms and Delta Water” airs Oct. 9.
  • “A Place Called Home” airs Oct.
Aquafornia news Delta Protection Commission

News Release: Delta Protection Commission Kicks Off Delta Flood Preparedness Week

From the Delta Protection Commission:

“The Delta Protection Commission recently declared November 4-9, 2013, as Delta Flood Preparedness Week, part of a statewide effort by federal, state, and local flood emergency response agencies to increase public awareness of flooding and improve public safety for all Californians. …

“As part of Delta Flood Preparedness Week, the Delta Protection Commission is preparing educational materials regarding flood preparedness that will be distributed to Delta residents.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Shutdown May Mean Costly Delay for Delta Tunnel Plan

From the Stockton Record:

“The shutdown of the federal government could delay the governor’s twin tunnels plan for the Delta, a state official said Tuesday.”

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

San Joaquin Supervisor Heads Delta Protection Commission

From the Stockton Record:

“A San Joaquin County elected leader is now the chairman of the Delta Protection Commission, a state agency charged with protecting and restoring the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

“Larry Ruhstaller, a member of the county board of supervisors, has been steeped in state and local water issues for years, including as a member of the Delta Protection Commission since 2007.”

Read more from the Stockton Record


Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)

Formal Public Review Period for Draft BDCP Opens Nov. 15

From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):

“State officials announced Sept. 27 that a public review draft of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and its accompanying environmental documents will be made available Nov. 15 for 120 days of formal review.

“During the formal public review period, which will run from November 15, 2013 to March 17, 2014, members of the public and other interested parties may access copies of the document online, in repositories throughout the state, and request copies for review.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

Editorial: Stop Old California Rivalries Over Water Issues

From the Los Angeles Daily News:

“The governor’s [Bay Delta Conservation] plan is not perfect. But it’s an ambitious start, and calls for discussion among all Californians — who a new poll shows support the project, even if they are wary about paying for it — not finger-pointing and end-arounds to federal agencies.”

Read more from the Los Angeles Daily News


Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Californians Want Water Issues Fixed But Not Enough to Pay for It

From the Los Angeles Times:

“Californians say the state’s water supply system has serious problems that require improvement, but they are unwilling to spend billions of dollars in ratepayer and taxpayer funds on the task, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.

“The results suggest an uphill fight for proponents of a state water bond and for a proposal to replumb the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the transfer point for Northern California supplies delivered to the San Joaquin Valley and urban Southern California.”

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Dan Walters Column: Finally, One California Water Deal Gets Done

From The Sacramento Bee, in a column by Dan Walters:

“Brown is now back in the governorship and trying to implement a revised version of his plan to bypass the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in transhipment of Northern California water southward, this time with twin tunnels.

“However, the outcome is very uncertain, as is the fate of a multibillion-dollar water bond that those in the Capitol are now trying to write.

“While those wrangles remain unsettled, however, another water issue in Southern California, which also simmered for decades, may finally be resolved.”

Aquafornia news Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP)

News Release: Formal Public Review of BDCP and EIR/EIS to Begin Nov. 15, 2013

From the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP):

“Starting in March 2013, the State released the Administrative Draft of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and the Consultant Administrative Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for preliminary review and discussion by the public, agencies, and interested parties.

“Over the past several months, Federal and State lead agencies and consultants have been reviewing and revising these documents.

Aquafornia news U-T San Diego in a column by Steven Greenhut

Commentary: Water ‘Superhighway’ May Dead-End in Delta

From U-T San Diego in a column by Steven Greenhut:

“The system that moves water from relatively wet Northern California to arid Southern California is like a superhighway that’s hundreds of miles long, but is slowed by about 40 miles of dirt roads in the middle of it.

“That’s how Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, described the state’s main water problem during a media tour Monday of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta hosted by MWD and state water officials.”

Aquafornia news News 10 ABC

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Voters Support Legal Pot, Prison Fixes, Conserving Water

From News 10 ABC:

“Voters are firm in their opinions. Except when they’re not. …

“Water Woes:  The new [PPIC] poll not only finds a familiar split when it comes to whether Californians want more water (45 percent) or just wiser usage of water (49 percent), but a pretty weak starting point for a big water bond measure on the statewide ballot.”

Read more from News 10


Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)

Laird Notifies Federal Officials that BDCP Public Comment Period Will Open Nov. 15

From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):

“Due to changes in the design of the project, state officials have postponed the opening of the formal public comment period on the draft environmental documents for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), moving the start date to Nov. 15 from an earlier anticipated launch of Oct. 1.”

Read more from ACWA


Aquafornia news

News Release: PPIC Survey — Voters Opposed To More Fracking, Divided On Water Policy

A statewide survey was released Sept. 25 by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). Here is an excerpt from PPIC’s news release:

“Opposed To More Fracking, Divided On Water Policy

“The PPIC survey began as legislators entered the final week of their session and were debating a bill to regulate fracking. The bill, SB4, passed and was signed by the governor. More Californians (53%) continue to oppose than favor (32%) increased use of fracking.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Two New Water Bond Alternatives Draw Lawmakers’ Scrutiny

From Capital Public Radio:

“California lawmakers are taking a closer look at two new water bond proposals that would replace the measure currently set for next November’s ballot.”

Read more from Capital Public Radio, or listen to the story


Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)

Legislators Outline Priorities for Water Bond During Informational Hearing

From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):

“The authors of two bills addressing the 2014 water bond outlined their proposals Tuesday during an informational joint hearing of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee and the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee.

“The hearing, titled ‘Setting the Stage for a 2014 Water Bond: Where Are We and Where Do We Need To Go?’ was held at the state Capitol in front of a packed hearing room.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

State will Miss Deadline for Releasing Delta Tunnel Documents

From the Los Angeles Times:

“The state will miss a self-imposed deadline for the release of a mountain of environmental documents for the proposed construction of a massive water tunnel system in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

“In a Sept. 20 letter, California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird informed the U.S. Interior Department that the draft environmental review of the tunnel project would not be formally released until Nov. 15 — six weeks later than the deadline set this year by Gov.

Aquafornia news Contra Costa Times

‘Fish Tales’ Introduces Public to History of Life on the Delta

From the Contra Costa Times:

“Stories about the way life used to be on the Delta will entertain listeners next month at a fundraiser for Delta Science Center. …

“Two local storytellers who have spent their lives on the Delta will recount the history of a bygone era, sharing the adventures of pioneers, ferry boat captains, those who built the levees, and people who lived on islands, among others.”

Read  more from the Contra Costa Times


Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times in a column by Michael Hiltzik

Commentary: Delta Conservation Plan is Only a Piecemeal Solution

From the Los Angeles Times in a column by Michael Hiltzik:

“The Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta is one of the most biologically diverse and ecologically sensitive areas in the country and the source of 30% of Southern California’s water. It’s also broken. …

“‘The delta is one of the most degraded estuary and wetland systems in the nation,” Chuck Bonham, director of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, told a group of journalists this week.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Southern California Water Users View Delta Tunnel Plan as Key to Reliable Future

From The Sacramento Bee:

“When it comes to water supply in California, nothing is easy or cheap.