From the San Francisco Chronicle, in a commentary by Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla:
“The outsize influence of delta water exporters can be seen in the recent ‘drought relief’ action by state and federal regulators, which undid with the stroke of a pen Endangered Species Act protections for fisheries that were the result of a decade-long legal challenge.”
“With California’s driest months ahead, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today [April 25] issued an executive order to strengthen the state’s ability to manage water and habitat effectively in drought conditions and called on all Californians to redouble their efforts to conserve water.
“‘The driest months are still to come in California and extreme drought conditions will get worse,’ said Governor Brown.
“As droughts have worsened in recent years, federal authorities have released less and less water from a web of reservoirs and canals in northern California that feeds farms and cities in the arid south. For the first time in six decades, most farmers on the east side of this valley have been told they will get no federal irrigation water.”
“As water agencies wrestle with California’s drought emergency, and lawmakers pass bills seeking relief from a third consecutive dry year in the state, another institution, the public university system, is continuing to play a critical role in water conservation.”
“The East Bay Municipal Utility District this month will begin diverting water from the Sacramento River for the first time ever, a clear sign that the drought is literally causing ripples across the state.”