“In November, when it seemed clear that tough, dry times were
setting in, the Bear Republic craft brewery gave $466,143 to the
tiny Wine Country town to start drilling two new wells, which in
turn would help the company expand beer operations. Without that
money, the city wouldn’t have been able to dig.”
“Tom Reemts doesn’t see anything good coming from the Bay Delta
Conservation Plan. The Churn Creek Bottom farmer went to
the state Department of Water Resources’ informational open
house on the plan today, but it didn’t change his mind. …
“Today’s event was one of a dozen throughout the state and was
set up in an open house format.”
From the Chico Enterprise-Record in a commentary by Heather
“This week my sister and I wandered around the produce section
of Safeway. Not far off in the distance, somewhere near
Brussels sprouts, I heard the rumble of the automated misters.
This is now my most recent memory of thunderstorms.
“Today, if there is even a hint of rain on the horizon, it’s
From the Northern California Water Association (NCWA) Blog, in a
post by NCWA Chairman Bryce Lundberg:
“As we are now seeing throughout the state, 2013 was the driest
year on record for California. The convergence of low carryover
storage in reservoirs, coupled with minimal inflow into these
reservoirs so far this year, has water resources managers in the
Sacramento Valley concerned with our ability to serve water for
cities and rural communities, farms, birds, fish and recreation.
“The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted
unanimously to declare a local emergency ‘and imminent threat of
disaster’ from drought conditions, and appointed two of its
members to an ad-hoc committee to come up with a plan to keep
local communities from going dry.”
“The Bureau of Reclamation, in partnership with the State of
California Department of Water Resources, today [Dec. 30]
released a progress report on the North-of-the-Delta Offstream
Storage Investigation. The proposed project would be located
about 10 miles northwest of Maxwell, Calif.
“The progress report is being distributed as a status update
summarizing the Investigation from 2001 to present.
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):
“The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has released a progress report
on feasibility studies for plans to construct an off-stream
storage reservoir near Sites.
“The report presents results to date of studies evaluating the
potential benefits and impacts of three alternative plans for
the reservoir, formally known as the North-of-Delta Offstream
“December is usually not the time of year to discuss water
rationing. But this holiday month has been so dry that
mandatory water conservation orders are beginning to sweep
across the Sacramento region. …
“In some cases, these will be the strictest water rationing
orders the region has seen since the drought of 1976-77, one of
the worst in history.”
“Farmers, ranchers and onetime loggers were among those who
packed a church community room here in August to listen to a
former state lawmaker convey his vision of a cleaved — and more
governable — California. …
“The menu of grievances includes a proposal to remove Klamath
River dams, a crackdown on gold dredging and a fire prevention
fee for rural areas that has been challenged in the courts as a
“As an example of the kind of thing that strikes
independent-minded North State residents as an overly intrusive
law that tries to micromanage ordinary Californians’ lives, you
couldn’t do much better than the new state plumbing mandates.
“Starting this January, homeowners who make substantial
improvements will be required to install water-saving low-flow
showerheads, taps and toilets as part of the building permit.
And this is just the warmup.
ago, as California emerged from its second consecutive dry
year, Yuba County Water Agency General Manager Curt Aikens was
withholding judgment about the possibility of the local drought
stretching into its third year.
“But after looking at the long-term forecast and examining New
Bullards Bar storage levels, Aikens is withholding judgment no