“Wildlife officials said they will consider a plan to move millions of hatchery-raised salmon by tanker trucks to the ocean if the Sacramento River and its tributaries prove inhospitable due to the drought.”
“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.
“With 2013 the driest year on record and 2014 possibly worse, the devastation of California’s drought is trickling down to crops, fields, farmers markets, grocery stores — and the kitchen table.
“While it’s too early to tell precisely how much the drought will push up household grocery bills, economists say consumers can expect to pay more for food later this year because fewer acres of land are being planted and crop yields are shrinking.”
“On Monday, state and federal wildlife officials announced a plan to move hatchery-raised salmon by truck in the event the state’s ongoing drought makes the Sacramento River and its tributaries inhospitable for the fish. They fear the rivers could become too shallow and warm to sustain salmon trying to migrate to sea on their own.”
“People in this mountain town [Lake of the Woods] straddling the San Andreas Fault are used to scrapping for water. The lake for which it is named went dry 40 years ago. But now, this tiny community is dealing with its most unsettling threat yet: It could run out of water by summer. …
“There are scenes all across California that illustrate the power of the drought.”
“As California confronts a historic drought and water scarcity increasingly affects life across the West, The Desert Sun is preparing to lead a symposium next week to encourage discussion of the region’s water dilemmas and potential solutions. …
“The symposium’s main event, on March 20 at the Palm Springs Art Museum, will feature a keynote speech by U.S. Sen.
“On Tuesday, March 11, 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will tour the federal C.W. ‘Bill’ Jones Pumping Plant in Byron, Calif., to examine firsthand critical water storage and conveyance facilities.
From the California Department of Fish and Wildlife:
“The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) have agreed on a temporary contingency plan for the release of hatchery smolts in 2014 due to drought.
“The goal of the contingency plan outlined today is to ensure the greatest survival of Chinook salmon smolts released from hatcheries managed by CDFW and the USFWS under current drought conditions.
From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):
“As part of ongoing work to improve California’s drought preparedness and better adapt to climate change, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) today [March 10] released a report examining tree-ring data to help better understand historic periods of drought. The report helps develop long-term reconstructions of streamflow or precipitation for the Klamath, Sacramento, and San Joaquin river basins.
From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources:
“Recent rains across California are not enough to end the drought, but they are enough to eliminate the need to water landscaping for several weeks. Experts with the California Department of Water Resources, University of California Cooperative Extension and University of California, Davis, together urge all residents, business owners, and government agencies to shut off sprinkler and irrigation systems until soils dry again.
“Despite urgent calls for water conservation amid one of California’s worst droughts, more than 255,000 homeowners and businesses across the state can still use all the water they want without paying higher bills.
“And nobody even knows how much water they are using.”
“North County avocado farmers irrigating their groves with all recycled water. Residents of the southeast San Diego working-class neighborhood of Encanto enjoying a revitalized Chollas Creek, a respite in a sea of concrete.