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Aquafornia news Alex Breitler Environment Blog

Blog: San Joaquin’s New Representative on Delta Council

From the Alex Breitler Environment Blog:

“San Joaquin County Supervisor Larry Ruhstaller said at a meeting this week that in October he will join the Delta Stewardship Council, an entity which a number of organizations including the city of Stockton just happen to be suing right now.
Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Editorial: Wait to Debate Water Bond, and Then Improve It

From The Sacramento Bee:

“With dry conditions igniting fires statewide and reservoirs dropping ever lower, state lawmakers should be thinking about water. The good thing – they are. They are thinking about a 2014 water bond.

“Both chambers have produced legislation to rescind and scale back the bloated $11.14 billion water bond that, if left unchanged, would head to the ballot in 2014 and face certain defeat.”

Read more from The Sacramento Bee

 

Aquafornia news Orange County Register

Scientists: Quake That Would Drain Orange County of Water is Inevitable

From the Orange County Register:

“The next earthquake to strike near San Francisco could siphon the flow of drinking water to Orange County for years.

“It doesn’t have to be a huge earthquake – a magnitude 6.0 or more. It just has to hit near a labyrinth of lakes and channels carved out of Northern California between the San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers, where most people take their boats for the weekend and farmers work the sandy soils on a series of islands that dot the channels of fresh water.

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Commentary: San Diego County Water Authority Seeks Bay-Delta Solution That Works

From U-T San Diego, a commentary by Thomas V. Wornham, chair of the San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors:

“California needs a 21st century solution for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta, the hub of the state’s water supply system. That solution must be feasible, reliable and affordable.
Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

New Water Tunnel Route Sets Up Conservation Battle Over Delta Island

From The Sacramento Bee:

“The new route proposed for Gov. Jerry Brown’s giant Delta water-diversion project may conflict with direction from California voters, who spent $35 million in 2001 to acquire part of the new route as permanent wildlife habitat.

“In a major revision of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, as the project is known, state officials announced Aug.

Aquafornia news U-T San Diego

Commentary: Bay Delta Conservation Plan Would Hurt Delta, Farm Economy

From U-T San Diego:

“The U-T San Diego Editorial Board in recent weeks met separately with proponents and opponents of Gov. Jerry Brown’s $23 billion proposal to build two 30-mile-long tunnels that would make it easier to move water from Northern California to farms and cities in the south and other parts of the state — an issue of critical importance to San Diego, which still relies mostly on imported water sources for its supply.
Aquafornia news U-T San Diego

Commentary: Twin Tunnels Ensure Reliability of Water Supply

From U-T San Diego:

“The U-T San Diego Editorial Board in recent weeks met separately with proponents and opponents of Gov. Jerry Brown’s $23 billion proposal to build two 30-mile-long tunnels that would make it easier to move water from Northern California to farms and cities in the south and other parts of the state — an issue of critical importance to San Diego, which still relies mostly on imported water sources for its supply.
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Blog: ‘Delta Tunnel Project is Still Stuck with Unacceptable Baggage’

From the Northern California Water Association (NCWA) Blog in a post by Tib Belza, Chair, NCWA Bay-Delta Task Force:

“Recently in the Sunday Forum, The Sacramento Bee editorial board advanced that the ‘Delta tunnel project is still stuck with unacceptable baggage.’ The Bee captured the upstream water supplier perspective very accurately when it provided:

“In the Bay-Delta processes, the state and federal agencies ’still haven’t provided guarantees to north state water users that their water supplies and ecosystems won’t be harmed by tunnel diversions….’”

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Gerald Meral Commentary: Water, the Delta and Prosperity

From the Manteca Bulletin – a commentary by Gerald Meral, Deputy Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency:

“The latest comprehensive economic analysis of the governor’s plan for fixing the state’s aging water system and restoring the environmental health of the Delta estimates that the project will yield roughly $5 billion in net benefits for California residents and preserve more than a million additional jobs over the next 50 years.

“Many of those jobs will be in San Joaquin County and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.”

Aquafornia news Delta Stewardship Council

News Release: Clean Version of Final Delta Plan Now Online

From the Delta Stewardship Council:

“A clean version of the Final Delta Plan, including an Executive Summary, easy to read text, informative graphics, and decorative photographs, is available for review and downloading.”

Read more from the Delta Stewardship Council’s news release

 

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Participants Recruited for Waterway Cleanup Sept. 21

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Delta residents and concerned citizens are invited to join a Delta Waterway Cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 10 locations.

The events are sponsored by the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy and Delta Protection Commission as part of California Coastal Cleanup Day, held the third Saturday in September.”

Read more from The Sacramento Bee

 

Aquafornia news Alex Breitler's Environment Blog

Blog: Delta News and Notes

From Alex Breitler’s Environment Blog:

“Dueling economists: The State Water Contractors published a fact sheet comparing recent twin tunnels analyses by David Sunding, a consultant for the state, and Jeff Michael, the skeptic often quoted by Stockton-based tunnels foe Restore the Delta.
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News Release: Delta Protection Commission Sponsors Coastal Cleanup Day Events in Delta Waterways

From the Delta Protection Commission:

“Every third Saturday in September, Californians join together to take part in the state’s largest annual volunteer event, California Coastal Cleanup Day. Families, friends, coworkers, scout troops, school groups, service clubs, businesses and individuals celebrate and share their appreciation of California’s fabulous coast and waterways by supporting and participating in cleanup events, including numerous locations in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.”

Aquafornia news Redding Searchlight

Editorial: Even Best Case for Delta Tunnels Holds Zero for North

From the Redding Searchlight:

“The question of the day was simple enough: When it comes to the state’s multibillion-dollar proposal to build tunnels diverting Sacramento River water around the Delta to points south, ‘How will Sacramento Valley interests be addressed?’

“But the answers at a forum in Chico last week were as complex — and polarized — as you’d expect.”

Read more from the Redding Searchlight

 

Aquafornia news State Water Contractors

News Release: New State Water Contractors Fact Sheet Examines Cost-Benefit Studies

From the State Water Contractors:

“The State Water Contractors released a fact sheet today [August 26] comparing two of the studies being referenced to assess the costs and benefits of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP).
Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Galgiani’s Bill on Delta Water Loses Its Teeth

From the Stockton Record:

“Legislation that would have forced water agencies to reduce their reliance on the fragile Delta – or risk losing out on state funding – has been significantly weakened.

“Senate Bill 449 by Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton, now merely requires the state Department of Water Resources to conduct a survey of local water-supply projects, and post the results on the Internet.”

Read more from the Stockton Record

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

City of Sacramento Hires Public Affairs Firm to Battle Delta Tunnel Plan

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Sacramento city officials are paying a high-powered political affairs firm $10,000 a month to communicate the city’s opposition to a plan to build two massive water diversion tunnels in the Delta. …

“Other organizations and public agencies that have already been active in opposing or supporting the governor’s plan use external public affairs firms in their campaigns.”

Read more from The Sacramento Bee

 

Aquafornia news Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) Blog

Blog: Protecting Sandhill Cranes Under the BDCP

From the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) Blog:

“The permanent Delta footprint of the water delivery system proposed by the Bay Delta Conservation Plan has shrunk by half. And the shift in tunnel alignment announced recently by the California Department of Water Resources as part of that downsizing is now understandably raising concern for the greater sandhill crane.

“The new alignment for the BDCP’s proposed water conveyance system would route tunnels under Staten Island.

Aquafornia news Delta Stewardship Council

Second Draft of Delta Science Plan Released

From the Delta Stewardship Council:

“The second draft of the Delta Stewardship Council/Delta Science Program’s Delta Science Plan has been released.
Aquafornia news Delta Stewardship Council (DSC)

New Webpage Highlights Delta Plan Regulations

From the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC):

“Delta Plan Regulations Effective September 1, 2013: A new webpage on the DSC website highlights the approval of the 14 Delta Plan regulations.”

View the new DSC webpage

 

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