“The earth sank at a rate of nearly 1 foot per year in a
portion of the San Joaquin Valley during the state’s most
recent drought, scientists announced Thursday, adding that the
problem is likely to persist and could threaten large aqueducts
that ship water south from the Delta.
“The sinking land has also slowed down the planned restoration
of the San Joaquin River.
From the Bay Delta Conservation Plan Blog, in a post by Richard
Stapler, California Natural Resources Agency:
“As California has matured as a state, we continue to take
well-conceived steps toward lessening our potential for harm from
earthquakes. … Take for instance, upgrades to one of the Bay
Area’s primary water conveyance, the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water
System. About $4.6 billion will be spent to seismically upgrade
the aging system. For the 2.5 million people it serves, that
works out to about $1,840 per individual.
“The Delta Protection Commission (DPC) will mark its 20th
Anniversary this Thursday, Nov. 21 during a celebration [4-5:30
p.m.] at the Big Break Visitor Center in Oakley, CA,
preceding a 6 p.m. Commission Meeting at Oakley City Hall. …
“’Throughout its history, the Delta Protection Commission has
served as the voice of those that live, work, and play in the
Delta,’ said San Joaquin County Supervisor Larry Ruhstaller,
chair of the Delta Protection Commission.
From the Santa Barbara Independent, in a commentary by Arve
“Can a man drown crossing a river that averages one foot in
depth? The answer is, of course, yes. An average cannot describe
how wet you’ll get wading a river with a deep channel and a
broader shallow run.
From the Orange County Register, in a column by Frank Mickadeit:
At this Irvine Hilton conference of the Association of
California Water Agencies (ACWA) I attended last month, an
administration official laid out [Governor] Brown’s [Delta]
plan. Later, three other speakers outlined why this might not
be the best plan …
“I quoted the conference organizer, Irvine Ranch Water District
director Peer Swan, as saying this initial conference was ‘a
shot across the bow’ to wake up regional interests that hadn’t
been paying attention to the issue.
From the California WaterBlog, UC Davis Center for Watershed
Sciences, in a post by Wouter Jan Klerk and Ties Rijcken:
“The California Delta is one of the world’s most complex water
systems. As a group of five Dutch students from Delft University
of Technology, we were eager to visit the diked islands, or
‘polders,’ as we call them in the Netherlands.
“The thirteen maps were originally listed in the final Delta Plan
document using a standard print resolution. The high resolution
versions are now available so that the detailed information on
the maps can be more easily seen.”
“During a visit to Fresno on Tuesday, California Secretary for
Natural Resources John Laird reported that progress is being
made on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan that will be released
for public review on Dec. 13.
“He said that although there are no specifics yet on downstream
water capture and storage, it will be considered as part of the
From the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) Blog, in a post
by Richard Stapler, California Natural Resources Agency:
“The Department of Water Resources has revised its estimate of
the cost to construct a 3,000 cubic-feet-per-second, single bore
tunnel that some stakeholders have proposed be incorporated into
proposals to restore the ecosystem and water supply reliability
in the Delta. In 2012 dollars, that capital cost of such a
facility is estimated at $8.6 billion.
From The Bakersfield Californian, in a commentary by Lois Henry:
“Water can be such a complex issue that most people would rather
not be bothered. For filmmaker Juan Carlos Oseguera, water became
impossible to ignore as he watched family, friends and whole
communities suffer from political decisions made about water
decades ago and thousands of miles away.