“To reduce the impacts of a third straight dry year in 2014, the
Department of Water Resources has mobilized a new drought
management effort that, among other things, will look into
voluntary water transfers to drought-stricken areas, such as the
western San Joaquin Valley.”
“As state and federal officials gather input on the
controversial Bay Delta Conservation Plan, Yolo County’s
leaders are answering loud and clear that they’re worried the
plan will harm Yolo’s agricultural sector.
“The plan is to install three water intakes on the Sacramento
River that feed an underground tunnel system carrying water to
pumps in the south Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
“With no rain in sight, Willits officials are contemplating
imposing tough new restrictions on city water users. …
“’By our January meeting we’re going to have to do something’
if there’s no significant rainfall before then, said Sean
White, manager of the Mendocino County Russian River Flood
Control and Water Conservation Improvement District.”
“Fruit Growers Supply Company has its sights on building and
operating a small log mill in Yreka at the old Hi-Ridge Lumber
plant, but a long overdue cleanup of the site’s water
pollutants are hampering the process.
“Charles Brown, Fruit Growers senior vice president of northern
operations, said the cooperative is working with the current
owners and the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board
to see what it is going to require to clean up the site.”
“Directors of the Calaveras County Water District approved
several actions at their meeting Wednesday, Dec. 11. However,
before voting on the actions, the directors first took time to
elect a new president and vice president for the board.
“By unanimous approval, acting vice president Scott Ratterman
was elected president, replacing outgoing board President
From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Assembly Member Roger
“Unlike the agreement we reached with the East Bay Municipal
Utility District that served the interests of all parties, the
Bay Delta Conservation Plan and the proposed enormous water
export tunnels supported by the water contractors would give
assured benefits to those who would take water out of the Delta
while leaving Northern California and Delta parties with only
uncertainty and risk.
From the Northern California Water Association (NCWA) Blog, in a
post by Tib Belza, Chair, Bay-Delta Task Force:
“With the state and federal agencies releasing the Bay-Delta
Conservation Plan (BDCP) this week, the leaders in the North
State are unified in our commitment to statewide water solutions
that protect the economy, environment and quality of life in
Northern California. The North State Water Alliance this week
continues our call for the Governor to develop an innovative and
comprehensive statewide water plan.
From the Eureka Times-Standard, in a commentary by Uri
“About 50 people attended a meeting on Nov. 12 in Eureka to
discuss sea level rise and its potential effects on Humboldt Bay.
Slides with graphs and numbers and wall size photos of extra high
king tides at various locations around the bay were presented.
“It doesn’t take much more than a drive through the valley to
note it’s been a very, very dry season. As the flat land begins
to roll into small hills, one wonders what those slow, grazing
cows are finding to eat. The Golden State has turned brown.
“Members of the county Drought Task Force got together around a
table Monday to talk over the bleak numbers.”
“We’re not suggesting everyone kiss and make up, but we are
hoping that all sides can move on past whatever bad feelings
boiled up over California Water Service rate increase
“The last machination of the advisory boards dramatically
slashed Cal Water’s initial rate increase proposal and it
appears the private utility company is fine with that and ready
to get on with life.”