From the Los Angeles Times, in a column by Patt Morrison:
“If there are stars among the state’s water experts, Jay Famiglietti is one, with titles too long for a marquee: a UC Irvine professor of earth system science and head of the UC Center for Hydrologic Modeling, and a new member of the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board among them.”
“The easiest part of the Obama administration’s response to the California drought is now over.
“The White House has provided money, commitments and a presidential visit. But the money is limited, the president is moving on and the commitments will soon be tested on Capitol Hill and deep within the federal bureaucracies.”
“President Obama arrived in the heart of California’s parched farmland on Friday afternoon to offer tens of millions of dollars in federal assistance to the state, where the lack of rain and snow this winter has led to the severest drought in its modern history.
“Meeting with farmers and ranchers around Fresno — where electronic signs along highways flash entreatingly to drivers, ‘Serious drought.
From the White House blog, in a post by Kasie Coccaro:
“On Friday, President Obama headed to California to tour drought-affected areas and talk to those affected by impacts of one of the state’s worst droughts in over 100 years. While there, President Obama announced new actions that the Administration will take to help the farmers, ranchers, small businesses, and communities being impacted.”
“With California facing one of its driest years on record, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. will join President Barack Obama, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, Congressman Jim Costa and other agriculture, water and community leaders today [Feb.
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):
“The California water community this week is mourning the passing of Lois B. Krieger, 96, ACWA’s first female president and a former member of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Water District Board of Directors (MWD).
“Lady Gaga has a new message for all of her ‘little monsters’: Save water. The five-time Grammy Award winner will soon be on the air with a public service announcement urging Californians to do their part to help with the state’s drought.
“So how did Lady Gaga become the new face of drought awareness?”
“The next round in the fight for a more reliable, cost-effective, transparent Department of Water and Power comes next week, when the Los Angeles City Council is expected to consider Marcie Edwards’ appointment as general manager of the huge municipal utility.”
“Orville L. Abbott, an influential California water official and World War II aviator who survived a harrowing crash in the Pacific Ocean, died Jan. 23 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease, his family said.”
“The Clark County Commission has approved a contract with John Entsminger, the unanimous pick to replace Pat Mulroy at the helm of the Las Vegas Valley Water District and the Southern Nevada Water Authority.”
“For a quarter century, Pat Mulroy kept water flowing to the nation’s driest city.
“Her work to stretch and supplement Nevada’s meager share of the Colorado River helped fuel the explosive growth of the Las Vegas Valley, which saw its population triple during her time as water chief.”
“[Los Angeles Mayor Eric] Garcetti nominated Anaheim City Manager Marcie Edwards to take charge of the Department of Water and Power, which has been struggling to manage a series of controversies over spending and customer service.”
From the California Urban Water Conservation Council (CUWCC):
“The California Urban Water Conservation Council, a statewide organization formed in 1991 to increase efficient water use through partnerships among urban water agencies, public interest organizations, and private entities, is pleased to announce the selection of Gregory S. Weber as its new Executive Director. The selection was made following a national search process led by the Council’s Board of Directors.