Delta Issues


Delta Issues

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Delta Solar Farm Plan ‘Dead’

From the Stockton Record:

“The sun has gone down on a farmer’s plans to build solar panels on what he describes as salty, unproductive land on Roberts Island.

“The death of Michael J. Robinson’s would-be solar farm shows how increasingly difficult it can be to complete a non-agricultural project within the highly regulated inner core of the Delta.”

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Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Valley Asparagus Growers Struggle to Compete

From Capital Public Radio:

“Asparagus is coming up in the Delta, but cheaper imports make it too expensive to harvest. Prices at the supermarket have seldom been lower, even dropping to 99-cents a pound, this makes it harder and harder for Delta farmers to compete.”

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


Aquafornia news Associated Press

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Court Approves California Delta Smelt Protections

From the Associated Press:

“A federal appeals court on Thursday largely upheld a 2008 plan that called for restrictions on water deliveries from California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect a tiny, threatened fish.

“In a 2-1 ruling, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel said that much of the U.S.

Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

San Francisco Appeals Court Upholds Plan to Protect Delta Smelt

From The Fresno Bee:

“A federal appeals court in San Francisco on Thursday upheld the science used in fish protection plans that sometimes cut back water pumping for San Joaquin Valley farmers and Southern California cities.

“The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision overturned a 2010 lower court ruling from Fresno, which had held that protections for the delta smelt in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta were not supported in science.”

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Ruling a Blow to Twin Tunnels Plan

From the Stockton Record:

“The state may not access private lands in the Delta for studies related to Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed twin tunnels project, an appeals court ruled Thursday.

“Such studies would first have to be authorized in formal eminent domain proceedings, the court found.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Appellate Court Ruling New Hurdle for Delta Tunnel Plans

From The Sacramento Bee:

“A state appellate court dropped a bomb late Thursday on the early stages of the state’s plan to divert fresh Northern California water under or around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta on its way to Central and Southern California.”

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Blog: A Clash of Need in Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta — Stakeholders Compete Over California’s Most Important Water Resource

From the Pucci Foods blog, in a post by Rietta:

“With California enduring the driest year on record, water is now more precious than ever before. There is an ongoing battle for control of one of California’s most vital water resources: the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

California to Dam Delta Sloughs If Drought Persists

From The Sacramento Bee:

“In yet another sign of the severe drought facing California, state water officials are planning to temporarily dam three channels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to control salinity intrusion from San Francisco Bay.

“The California Department of Water Resources is working to place the barriers as soon as May 1, if the drought persists.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Water Bond Still In a State of Flux

From the Stockton Record:

“The process is better, Delta advocates said Thursday. But the final product? That’s yet to be seen.

“State legislators met here to discuss how to revamp an $11 billion water bond that’s scheduled to go before voters in November.”

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Blog: California Drought — Pols Pressure State to Stall Water Cuts

From the San Francisco Chronicle Politics Blog by Carolyn Lochhead

“Four California Democrats, including Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, sent an urgent appeal Wednesday to the state Water Resources Control Board pleading for two-week delay in a decision that was expected Friday to slash water deliveries from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to farmers.

“The letter was also signed by Reps.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record Alex Breitler Environment blog

Blog: Outcry Over Outflow

From the Stockton Record Alex Breitler Environment blog:

“Recent storms have boosted the amount of water flowing through the Delta, and San Joaquin Valley farmers expressed frustration today [March 4] that more of that water isn’t being sent their way, given that more than half a million acres are expected to be fallowed this year.”

Read more from the Alex Breitler Environment blog


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Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Obama’s Budget has Pros and Cons for California, But It’s All Moot

From the McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau:

“Clued-in Californians should quickly check out the Obama administration’s proposed Fiscal 2015 budget, because it won’t last long. …

“Some specific California projects also get a budget shout-out, including $37 million for restoring the crucial San Francisco Bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

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Commentary: Farms Threatened, Basic Water Principles Violated

From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Al Medvitz:

“For those who are concerned about providing relief and assistance to California farmers, there must be a realization that the west side farmers in the southern Central Valley are not the only farmers in the state threatened by drought. Those of us who farm in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are suffering, just as are our colleagues to the south.”

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Aquafornia news Delta Stewardship Council (DSC)

Latest DSC Newsletter Now Online

From the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC):

“Stories include Randy Fiorini Elected as DSC Chair, Independent Science Panel helps Water Board with flow objectives, reviews of ISB & Brown Bag meetings, and more.”

Read more from the DSC’s newsletter


Aquafornia news Fresno Bee Earth Log blog by Mark Grossi

Blog: California Water Bond Proposals Now Number Seven

From The Fresno Bee Earth Log blog by Mark Grossi:

“Assembly Member Henry T. Perea, D-Fresno, and state Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton, are the latest to propose a new bill tweaking the California water bond scheduled for November.

“There are seven versions now, if you include the twice-delayed $11. 2 billion version on the ballot now.”

Read more from the Earth Log


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Commentary: Water War Boils Down to Farmers vs. Fishermen

From the Los Angeles Times, in the Capitol Journal column by George Skelton:

“Don’t blame the little fish. And don’t call it the Central Valley. Both comments, repeated incessantly, were irritants during President Obama’s visit to parched California farm country last week.

“The president was there—in the San Joaquin Valley—to cuddle with water hogs.”

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Delta Advocates Deliver Message, Just Not to Obama

From the Stockton Record:

“Delta advocates who traveled by bus from Stockton and waited three hours on the side of the road never did get a chance to tell ‘their side’ of the story – at least, not to [President Barack] Obama.

“And curious local farmers never saw the man they hope will somehow make water flow to their parched farms.”

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record Alex Breitler Environment blog

Blog: ‘I Would Encourage You to Get Up to Speed’

From the Stockton Record Alex Breitler Environment blog:

“Some of the same old arguments, but also a few interesting exchanges between Delta-area legislators and the state administration today at a hearing regarding the cost of the proposed twin tunnels.”

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Aquafornia news Contra Costa Times

Editorial: Latest Try at Raiding the Delta Won’t Be the Last

From the Contra Costa Times:

“The Central Valley’s thirst for water to irrigate its fields has already decimated its own aquifer. It’s made a 60-mile stretch of the once-majestic San Joaquin River run dry, devastating an area where wildlife once flourished.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Storm Allows Boost in Delta Water Diversions

From The Sacramento Bee:

“The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation was able to take advantage of increased runoff from the wet weekend storms to boost water diversions from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.”

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