“The Santa Cruz City Council unanimously affirmed Tuesday a February decision to enact water rationing for residential customers beginning May 1, thus finalizing the first mandatory cuts in nearly 25 years.”
“Plans to combat drought by allowing water transfers among farmers could be in jeopardy, growers and Modesto Irrigation District leaders learned Tuesday at a meeting tinged with uncertainty and accusations of unfairness.”
From the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Planting Seeds blog:
“As extreme drought continues to grip much of the state, the California Department of Social Services has announced that food banks in 24 drought-affected counties will be receiving shipments of food assistance. …
“The $687 million emergency drought legislation, signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.
“Water suppliers for Livermore, Dublin and part of San Ramon have proposed drought rates on homes and businesses that would sharply increase bills for customers who fail to slash their water use by 30 to 35 percent.”
“California Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s willingness to do Big Ag’s bidding at the expense of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta is increasingly alarming. Last week she released a revised drought bill that has environmentalists up and down the state fuming — with good reason.”
“Both the Marin Municipal and North Marin water districts are asking customers to voluntarily reduce their water use in hopes of holding off rationing as long as possible. Those voluntary measures remain in force and should, for good reason.”
“After months of waiting, farmers with strong water rights along the Feather River received news that 100 percent of their contracted amount of water will be delivered. … Just a few weeks ago, these same irrigation districts were told they would only receive half of their water.”
“This summer, Todd Allen’s only crop will be Pima cotton.
“He and his brother, Joel, usually also grow cantaloupes and, later in the season, winter wheat on about 600 acres or so. But this year, they and hundreds of others will get no water from the reservoirs that sustain farming in the Central Valley, where much of the nation’s fresh fruits, nuts and vegetables are grown.”
“From all over California, farmers, environmental lawyers, wildlife groups, cities and even the Fresno County sheriff have posted thoughts in a siege of protests to state officials about the use of this year’s puny snowpack and half-empty reservoirs.”
From the Redding Record Searchlight, in a commentary by Bill Keep:
“When Carey McWilliams published ‘California: The Great Exception’ through the University of California Press in 1949, we were in the midst of a four-year drought. In 1948 rain came in March — too little, too late. Losses totaled about $100 million, and only the agricultural giants were likely to survive.”