Aquafornia https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia Water news you need to know en Announcement: Apply for California’s Preeminent Water Leadership Program by Dec. 7 https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/announcement-apply-californias-preeminent-water-leadership-program-dec-7 <blockquote> <p> There is less than a week left t<strong><a href= "/announcement/apply-californias-preeminent-water-leadership-program-dec-7-0">o apply for our&nbsp;2023&nbsp;Water Leaders class</a></strong> and be considered for the new cohort of&nbsp;California’s preeminent water leadership program.&nbsp;Launched in 1997, the Water Leaders program is aimed at providing a deeper understanding of&nbsp;California water issues, building leadership skills and preparing class members to take an active, cooperative approach to decision-making about water resources by&nbsp;studying a water-related topic in-depth and&nbsp;crafting&nbsp;policy recommendations. </p> <p> And, if you work for a member of the Association of California Water Agencies,&nbsp;you can apply to have tuition and some travel expenses covered under the <strong><a href= "https://www.acwa.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/JF-Water-Leader-Fellowship-flyer.pdf"> John P. Fraser Water Leaders Fellowship</a></strong>. </p> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/announcement/apply-californias-preeminent-water-leadership-program-dec-7-0" 0="a:0:{}">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/announcement-apply-californias-preeminent-water-leadership-program-dec-7" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Topic: Legislation — California and Federal Aquafornia Home Aquafornia Leaders and Experts Infrastructure Topic: Water Supply Fri, 02 Dec 2022 16:50:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 87742 at https://www.watereducation.org News release: EPA announces proposal to protect tribal reserved rights in water quality standards and best practices for tribal treaty and reserved rights https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/news-release-epa-announces-proposal-protect-tribal-reserved-rights-water-quality <blockquote> <p> Today, during the 2022 White House Tribal Nations Summit, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael S. Regan announced a proposal to revise the federal water quality standards regulations to better protect Tribal rights under the Clean Water Act (CWA). With this action, EPA is working to ensure that state and federal water quality standards will protect tribal rights such as the right to fish or gather aquatic plants—that are reserved through treaties, statutes, executive orders, or other sources of federal law.&nbsp; </p> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-announces-proposal-protect-tribal-reserved-rights-water-quality-standards-and-best">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/news-release-epa-announces-proposal-protect-tribal-reserved-rights-water-quality" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Topic: Agricultural Conservation Aquafornia Topic: Regulations — California and Federal Home Aquafornia Topic: Water Rights Topic: Tribal Water Issues Fri, 02 Dec 2022 16:10:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 87765 at https://www.watereducation.org Blog: A successful flood protection project https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/blog-successful-flood-protection-project <blockquote> <p> Each winter, thousands of homes, businesses and schools in Sunnyvale are susceptible to flooding from the Sunnyvale East and West channels overtopping during major storms. These channels were constructed in the 1960s as local storm drains, but a combination of heavy storm events, land subsidence and inadequate drainage has caused the area to flood five times in the last 60 years. That’s why Valley Water is embarking on the Sunnyvale East and West Channels Flood Protection Project to provide enhanced flood protection to more than 1,600 neighboring properties and approximately 47 acres of valuable industrial and government lands. Construction is set to begin in 2024. </p> <p> Related article:&nbsp; </p> <ul> <li>Valley Water News:&nbsp;<a href= "https://valleywaternews.org/2022/11/30/valley-water-and-partners-making-progress-to-protect-san-francisco-bay-from-sea-level-rise/"><strong>Valley Water and partners making progress to protect San Francisco Bay from sea level&nbsp;rise</strong></a> </li> </ul> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://valleywaternews.org/2022/11/30/a-successful-flood-protection-partnership/">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/blog-successful-flood-protection-project" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Aquafornia Home Aquafornia Fri, 02 Dec 2022 16:04:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 87763 at https://www.watereducation.org Popular California park that abruptly closed last spring reopens in Delta https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/popular-california-park-abruptly-closed-last-spring-reopens-delta <blockquote> <p> One of the most popular places to boat, fish and camp in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta has finally reopened after abruptly closing last spring. Brannan Island State Park, a 336-acre jut of scrubby land across the water from Antioch, shut down in April nearly overnight after its longtime concessionaire ended its month-to-month lease with the state Department of Parks and Recreation to operate the park. Brannan Island, in Isleton, reopened fully on Thursday after the department announced it had secured an agreement with a new concessionaire. </p> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://www.sfchronicle.com/climate/article/Popular-California-park-that-abruptly-closed-last-17622203.php" 0="a:0:{}">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/popular-california-park-abruptly-closed-last-spring-reopens-delta" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Aquafornia Topic: Regulations — California and Federal Home Aquafornia Topic: Sacramento San Joaquin Delta Topic: Recreation Fri, 02 Dec 2022 15:56:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 87762 at https://www.watereducation.org Blog: Western snow season 2022-23 preview: a look at water supplies and the winter outlook in 10 maps https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/blog-western-snow-season-2022-23-preview-look-water-supplies-and-winter-outlook-10 <blockquote> <p> It’s hard to overstate how crucial this snow season is for the western United States. Regions such as the West that receive a great deal of their precipitation in the form of snow face a number of challenges when snow droughts occur, including shrinking water supplies. And western water supplies are truly shrinking as some states are facing their second or third drought year in a row and a large part of the region is stuck in a 20+ year megadrought. Hanging over all of this is climate change–influenced aridification in the Southwest that is increasing evaporative demand, causing water supplies to dwindle from rising temperatures even when there is adequate precipitation. </p> <p> Related Event: </p> <ul> <li>Water Education Foundation/California Department of Water Resources: <strong><a href= "/foundation-event/winter-outlook-workshop-0">Winter&nbsp;Outlook Workshop Dec. 8 in Irvine</a></strong> </li> </ul> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://www.drought.gov/news/western-snow-season-2022-23-preview-look-water-supplies-and-winter-outlook-10-maps-2022-11-30">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/blog-western-snow-season-2022-23-preview-look-water-supplies-and-winter-outlook-10" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Aquafornia Topic: Central Valley Topic: Colorado River Home Aquafornia Topic: Drought Topic: Nevada Topic: Lake Mead Topic: Lake Powell Topic: Sierra Nevada Topic: Oroville Dam Topic: Watershed Topic: Shasta Dam Topic: Water Supply Fri, 02 Dec 2022 15:39:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 87761 at https://www.watereducation.org An idea that could help replenish California’s groundwater supplies https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/idea-could-help-replenish-californias-groundwater-supplies <blockquote> <p> When drought strikes, California farmers often pump water from underground aquifers to water their crops. But increasingly dry conditions are straining that resource. …&nbsp;[David Freyberg of Stanford University] says many people are looking at ways to replenish the state’s dwindling groundwater supplies. In California, a lot of water typically comes from&nbsp;winter snow&nbsp;that falls high in the mountains. During warmer months, that snow melts and trickles down to farmland.&nbsp;But as the climate warms, more precipitation is falling as rain instead of snow. So it rushes into rivers and runs past many areas where it’s needed. </p> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2022/12/an-idea-that-could-help-replenish-californias-groundwater-supplies/">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/idea-could-help-replenish-californias-groundwater-supplies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Topic List: Agriculture Aquafornia Topic: Aquifers Topic: Central Valley Home Aquafornia Topic: Drought Leaders and Experts Topic: Groundwater Fri, 02 Dec 2022 15:01:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 87760 at https://www.watereducation.org Xeriscaping conserves water for Arizona homeowners https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/xeriscaping-conserves-water-arizona-homeowners <blockquote> <p> Kelly Gleave converted his grass lawn to xeriscape in April. In June, he and his wife saw a 3,000 gallon reduction in their water use. “For me, it was less about maintaining the grass and it was more about the fact that the Valley is getting a lot of people and we need to do more to conserve water,” said Gleave, who’s one of 450 Mesa homeowners who have taken advantage of the city’s grass-to-xeriscape incentive. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced in August that deliveries of Colorado River water – the majority of which is used for agriculture – to Arizona would be cut an additional 21% next year. According to the bureau, megadrought and low runoff conditions accelerated by climate change have resulted in record low water levels in Lakes Powell and Mead, the two largest reservoirs in the country. </p> <p> Related article:&nbsp; </p> <ul> <li>The Gazette:&nbsp;<a href= "https://gazette.com/opinion/denver-columns/guest-column-colorado-s-lawns-are-not-the-enemy/article_7db56abc-70fa-11ed-9be2-73f0612f6169.html"><strong>Opinion – Colorado’s lawns are not the enemy</strong></a> </li> </ul> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/2022/12/01/xeriscaping-conserves-water-arizona-homeowners/">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/xeriscaping-conserves-water-arizona-homeowners" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Aquafornia Topic: Colorado River Home Aquafornia Topic: Drought Topic: Watershed Topic: Water Conservation Fri, 02 Dec 2022 14:58:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 87759 at https://www.watereducation.org Glen Canyon Reservoir: The Colorado River’s descent into ‘dead pool’ https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/glen-canyon-reservoir-colorado-rivers-descent-dead-pool <blockquote> <p> A long-standing drought in the American Southwest is getting worse by the day, threatening reservoirs and groundwater supplies. And the first sign of “serious damage” could be a whirlpool, according to the operators of the nation’s second-largest reservoir, Lake Powell, reports the Washington Post. Lake Powell is already a quarter of its size and a drop in the water level of another 38 feet down the concrete face of the 710-foot Glenn Canyon Dam would put the surface of the reservoir close to the tops of eight underwater openings that allow river water to pass through the hydroelectric dam. </p> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://www.digitaljournal.com/world/glen-canyon-reservoir-the-colorado-rivers-descent-into-dead-pool/article">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/glen-canyon-reservoir-colorado-rivers-descent-dead-pool" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Aquafornia Topic: Colorado River Home Aquafornia Topic: Drought Topic: Hydropower Topic: Lake Powell Fri, 02 Dec 2022 14:55:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 87758 at https://www.watereducation.org Farm delegation advocates for ag in nation’s capital https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/farm-delegation-advocates-ag-nations-capital <blockquote> <p> As the nation learned that the midterm election led to a change in the balance of power in the next U.S. Congress, a delegation of California Farm Bureau leaders met with representatives during an advocacy trip to Washington, D.C., to discuss pressing issues affecting agriculture. … Farm Bureau executives, the organization’s Leadership Farm Bureau class and county leaders were joined by the organization’s federal policy team and met face to face with lawmakers Nov. 14-17 in the nation’s capital. Discussions focused on issues including California’s ongoing drought, water, labor and trade, as well as the next federal farm bill. </p> <p> Related article:&nbsp; </p> <ul> <li>Western Farm Press: <a href= "https://www.farmprogress.com/tree-nuts/growers-can-take-steps-manage-limited-water-supplies"> <strong>Growers can take steps to manage limited water supplies</strong></a> </li> </ul> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://www.ourvalleyvoice.com/2022/12/01/farm-delegation-advocates-for-ag-in-nations-capital/" 0="a:0:{}">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/farm-delegation-advocates-ag-nations-capital" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Topic List: Agriculture Topic: Legislation — California and Federal Aquafornia Topic: Central Valley Topic: Regulations — California and Federal Home Aquafornia Topic: Drought Leaders and Experts Topic: Water Supply Fri, 02 Dec 2022 14:49:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 87757 at https://www.watereducation.org Sustainable cattle ranching is a time-honored tradition at Date Creek Ranch in Arizona https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/sustainable-cattle-ranching-time-honored-tradition-date-creek-ranch-arizona <blockquote> <p> Savannah Barteau dropped out of college to become a rancher nearly nine years ago. Now, the 26-year-old Flagstaff native runs the beef business at Date Creek Ranch outside Wickenburg with her husband.&nbsp; …&nbsp;Date Creek Ranch still uses Knight’s grazing management techniques. It sells beef locally instead of transporting cattle out of state. It uses water from the creek instead of relying on groundwater or the Colorado River. The ranch’s herd is only 120 head because the fewer cattle on pastures, the better. In addition, Date Creek Ranch recently installed solar panels that provide power to structures on the property, irrigation and beef freezers. </p> <p> Related article:&nbsp; </p> <ul> <li>KUNC – Greeley, Colo:&nbsp;<a href= "https://www.kunc.org/news/2022-12-01/colorado-is-forcing-a-group-of-farmers-to-reduce-irrigation-but-wont-stop-watering-their-own-fields"><strong>Colorado is forcing a group of farmers to reduce irrigation but won’t stop watering their own fields</strong></a> </li> </ul> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/2022/12/01/sustainable-cattle-ranching-date-creek-ranch-arizona/" 0="a:0:{}">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/sustainable-cattle-ranching-time-honored-tradition-date-creek-ranch-arizona" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Topic List: Agriculture Topic: Climate Change Aquafornia Topic: Colorado River Topic: Ecosystem Home Aquafornia Topic: Drought Topic: Groundwater Fri, 02 Dec 2022 14:45:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 87756 at https://www.watereducation.org Opinion: The Colorado River won’t obey our rules https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/opinion-colorado-river-wont-obey-our-rules <blockquote> <p> The Colorado River Compact is 100 years old. A University of Arizona conference and the upcoming Colorado River Water Users Association will mark the anniversary. But there’s no reason to celebrate. Twenty-two years into a drought and with reservoirs at all-time lows, the federal government may soon intervene in the states’ management of the river. The Compact has failed. Don’t blame the river. We need a new system that manages with the river and provides all users with fair shares. In 1922, the seven Colorado Basin states used an optimistic estimate of the river’s annual flow to allocate the waters. The states chose the biggest estimate because that made it easy to agree. Everyone could pretend the river could satisfy all anticipated demands. That was the first mistake.<br> <em>-Written by&nbsp;Karl Flessa, an Arizona resident since 1977 and an&nbsp;emeritus professor of geosciences at the University of Arizona.</em> </p> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://tucson.com/local-opinion-the-colorado-river-wont-obey-our-rules/article_f213acee-71a3-11ed-920a-4343aed0581d.html" 0="a:0:{}">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/opinion-colorado-river-wont-obey-our-rules" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Topic: Climate Change Aquafornia Topic: Colorado River Topic: Regulations — California and Federal Home Aquafornia Topic: Drought Topic: Water History Topic: Nevada Topic: Water Rights Leaders and Experts Topic: Lake Mead Topic: Lake Powell Topic: Southern California Topic: Water Supply Fri, 02 Dec 2022 14:36:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 87755 at https://www.watereducation.org Climate-driven drought is stressing the Hopi tribe’s foods and traditions https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/climate-driven-drought-stressing-hopi-tribes-foods-and-traditions <blockquote> <p> Corn goes back to their very creation story. As the Hopi people emerged into this world, the Creator gave them three things: a gourd of water, a planting stick and a short ear of blue corn. …&nbsp;Clark grows heirloom Hopi blue, gray, red and white corn in the valley between First Mesa and Second Mesa in the middle of the 2,532 square mile Hopi Reservation in northern Arizona. The seeds that he plants have been cultivated over countless generations to grow in this dry climate of the high desert. He, like most Hopi farmers, uses traditional dryland farming methods in which, rather than irrigating crops, he relies solely on snowmelt and the rain that falls directly on his fields. …&nbsp;But now, more than two decades into the worst drought in the southwestern United States in a millennia, making the desert bloom is harder than ever. </p> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://civileats.com/2022/12/02/climate-driven-drought-stress-hopi-foods-traditions/">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/climate-driven-drought-stressing-hopi-tribes-foods-and-traditions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Topic List: Agriculture Topic: Climate Change Aquafornia Topic: Colorado River Home Aquafornia Topic: Drought Topic: Water History Topic: Water Rights Fri, 02 Dec 2022 14:33:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 87754 at https://www.watereducation.org Opinion: Desert hikes are stunning, thanks to invisible waterways https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/opinion-desert-hikes-are-stunning-thanks-invisible-waterways <blockquote> <p> I know a lot of people think of deserts as big, empty, lifeless wastelands — that’s one of the reasons it can be tough to get folks to care about protecting them. But when I moved to Southern California from New England, my desert enchantment was immediate and deep. One of the things that struck me most about exploring the deserts here was that the slower I went, the more I saw. …&nbsp;Take the Amargosa River, which flows for 185 miles and drains a 5,500-square-mile basin in Nevada and California before feeding the aquifer remnants of ancient Lake Manly in Death Valley. It’s the seventh-longest river in California, but you could be forgiven for not noticing it, since it spends almost all its time underground. Its water provides habitat for the improbable&nbsp;Devil’s Hole pupfish …<br> <em>-Written by&nbsp;Casey Schreiner, a writer, producer, presenter and author who has taken over The Wild newsletter for the next few months.&nbsp;</em> </p> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://www.latimes.com/travel/newsletter/2022-12-01/desert-waterway-hikes-california-death-valley-the-wild">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/opinion-desert-hikes-are-stunning-thanks-invisible-waterways" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Aquafornia Topic: Ecosystem Home Aquafornia Topic: Endangered Species Act Topic: Groundwater Topic List: Rivers Topic: Recreation Topic: Southern California Topic: Watershed Topic: Wetlands Fri, 02 Dec 2022 14:06:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 87753 at https://www.watereducation.org Great Salt Lake and other shrinking salty lakes get $5M in funding https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/great-salt-lake-and-other-shrinking-salty-lakes-get-5m-funding <blockquote> <p> A bipartisan bill meant to address declining saline lakes in the West, including the Great Salt Lake, passed the U.S. Senate with unanimous approval Wednesday. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, introduced and co-sponsored the Saline Lake Ecosystems in the Great Basin States Program Act with Democratic Sens. Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Jacky Rosen of Nevada, Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, Roy Wyden of Oregon and Diane Feinstein of California. The bill earmarks $5 million each year over five years for the U.S. Geological Survey to study saline lakes throughout the Great Basin….&nbsp;Owens&nbsp;and&nbsp;Mono&nbsp;lakes in California are also named, which water diversions have turned into sources of&nbsp;toxic and dangerous blowing dust.&nbsp; </p> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://www.sltrib.com/news/environment/2022/12/01/we-must-do-whatever-is-necessary/" 0="a:0:{}">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/great-salt-lake-and-other-shrinking-salty-lakes-get-5m-funding" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Topic: Climate Change Topic: Legislation — California and Federal Aquafornia Topic: Ecosystem Home Aquafornia Topic: Drought Topic: Mono Lake Topic: Watershed Topic: Wetlands Fri, 02 Dec 2022 14:03:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 87752 at https://www.watereducation.org Old drought, new wines https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/old-drought-new-wines <blockquote> <p> Things are popping in Baja’s emerging wine scene. Earlier this century, there were only a dozen or so wineries. Now, there are almost 200. By all indications, Valle de Guadalupe is ready to take its place among the world-class gastronomic destinations.&nbsp;But, under the surface, there’s something larger lurking.&nbsp;“The big problem today is lack of water,” says Camillo Magoni, the&nbsp;82-year-old winemaker of Casa Magoni, who’s worked 58 harvests in Baja. …&nbsp;San Diego County’s own winegrowers are also facing a water crisis. …&nbsp;With all the crises facing the world, some might dismiss the issue of growing grapes for premium wine to be a minor, bougie, first-world problem. But wine has always been a window into much larger farming issues. </p> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://www.sandiegomagazine.com/features/winemaking-during-a-drought/article_e4eb605e-6f67-11ed-be55-0b015de64e8f.html">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/old-drought-new-wines" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Topic List: Agriculture Topic: Climate Change Aquafornia Home Aquafornia Topic: Drought Topic: Mexico Topic: Groundwater Topic: Southern California Topic: Surface Water Fri, 02 Dec 2022 13:59:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 87751 at https://www.watereducation.org DWR completes removal of drought salinity barrier from West False River https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/dwr-completes-removal-drought-salinity-barrier-west-false-river <blockquote> <p> The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has completed the removal of a drought salinity barrier from the West False River in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. &nbsp;The barrier was installed in June 2021 to prevent saltwater intrusion with less fresh water from upstream reservoirs and streams flowing into the Delta during California’s ongoing extreme drought conditions. &nbsp;DWR was required to remove the structure by November 30 to comply with environmental permits. … The barrier was initially constructed in response to Governor Newsom’s April 21, 2021 state of emergency proclamation directing the Department to initiate actions necessary to prepare for and address potential Delta salinity issues during prolonged drought conditions. </p> <p> Related article:&nbsp; </p> <ul> <li>News release:&nbsp;<a href= "https://water.ca.gov/News/Blog/2022/Nov-22/DWR-Completes-Scheduled-Removal-of-West-False-River-Emergency-Drought-Salinity-Barrier"><strong>DWR Completes Scheduled Removal of West False River Emergency Drought Salinity Barrier</strong></a> </li> </ul> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://www.dredgingtoday.com/2022/12/01/dwr-completes-removal-of-drought-salinity-barrier-from-west-false-river/" 0="a:0:{}">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/dwr-completes-removal-drought-salinity-barrier-west-false-river" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Topic: Drinking Water Aquafornia Home Aquafornia Topic: Drought Topic: Sacramento San Joaquin Delta Infrastructure Topic: Water Quality Topic: Levees Fri, 02 Dec 2022 13:55:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 87750 at https://www.watereducation.org Friday Top of the Scroll: Drought-hit California cities to get little water from state https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/friday-top-scroll-drought-hit-california-cities-get-little-water-state <blockquote> <p> California water agencies that serve 27 million people will get just 5% of what they requested from the state to start 2023, water officials announced Thursday.&nbsp;The news of limited water comes as California concludes its&nbsp;driest three-year stretch on record&nbsp;and as water managers brace for a fourth year with below-average precipitation. But if the winter is wetter than expected, the state could boost how much supply it plans to give out — as it did last year when allocations started at 0% and ended the winter at 5%.&nbsp;Absent an end to the drought, water-saving measures are poised to continue, including calls for people to rip up decorative grass, limit outdoor watering, take shorter showers and run dishwashers only when full.&nbsp; </p> <p> Related articles:&nbsp; </p> <ul> <li>San Francisco Chronicle: <a href= "https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/California-s-big-reservoirs-projected-to-meet-17625278.php"> <strong>California drought – Reservoirs to meet just 5% of demand next year</strong></a> </li> <li>CA Department of Water Resources: News release – <a href= "https://water.ca.gov/News/News-Releases/2022/Dec-22/DWR-Announces-Initial-State-Water-Project-Allocation-of-5-percent"> <strong>DWR Announces Initial State Water Project Allocation of 5 percent, Outlines Actions for a Possible Fourth Dry Year</strong></a> </li> <li>Spectrum News 1:&nbsp;<a href= "https://spectrumnews1.com/ca/la-west/environment/2022/12/01/as-state-water-allocation-deadline-looms--mwd-expects-conservative-amount-"><strong>Conservative water allotments expected from state</strong></a> </li> <li>Los Angeles Times:&nbsp;<a href= "https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-12-01/california-to-see-more-brown-lawns-and-water-restrictions"><strong>California set for more brown lawns and water restrictions as state issues 5% allocation</strong></a> </li> </ul> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://www.abc10.com/article/weather/california-drought/drought-hit-california-cities-water/103-57a1fa1b-cfaf-493b-9a15-bf10f92706d3" 0="s:13:&quot;s:6:&quot;a:0:{}&quot;;&quot;;">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/friday-top-scroll-drought-hit-california-cities-get-little-water-state" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Aquafornia Topic: Central Valley Topic: Regulations — California and Federal Home Aquafornia Topic: Drought Topic: Oroville Dam Topic: Southern California Topic: Water Conservation Topic: State Water Project Topic: Water Supply Fri, 02 Dec 2022 13:33:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 87749 at https://www.watereducation.org Tahoe was pummeled with snow. Will the winter storm impact the drought? https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/tahoe-was-pummeled-snow-will-winter-storm-impact-drought <blockquote> <p> The winter storm that dropped rain across the Bay Area dumped snow on the Sierras and ski resorts across Tahoe. Heavy snow and slick roads also made for dangerous driving conditions but the precipitation is a boon for California’s water supply.&nbsp;Building on gains during a storm in&nbsp;early November, this latest storm brought statewide snowpack up to 106% of normal for December 1, according to the&nbsp;California Department of Water Resources.&nbsp;The snow is beneficial but it’s still early in the season, said Andrew Schwartz, the lead scientist at UC Berkeley’s Central Sierra Snow Laboratory. The previous water year, for example, started out with plentiful rains during October and December 2021 but were followed by an&nbsp;extremely dry start&nbsp;to 2022. </p> <p> Related articles:&nbsp; </p> <ul> <li>Mercury News: <a href= "https://www.mercurynews.com/2022/12/01/bay-area-weather-how-much-rain-fell-and-when-the-next-storm-is-coming/"> <strong>Bay Area Weather – How much rain fell and when the next storm is coming</strong></a> </li> <li>Fox Weather:&nbsp;<a href= "https://www.foxweather.com/weather-news/ferocious-winter-storm-to-blast-sierra-nevada-with-1-3-feet-of-snow-50-100-mph-winds"><strong>Second storm to create travel headaches in California on heels of ferocious Thursday snowstorm</strong></a> </li> <li>Washington Post: <a href= "https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2022/12/01/west-coast-storm-california-snow/"> <strong>West Coast storms are drenching California and dumping snow in the mountains</strong></a> </li> </ul> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://www.sfchronicle.com/weather/article/tahoe-snow-california-drought-17625429.php">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/tahoe-was-pummeled-snow-will-winter-storm-impact-drought" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Topic: Central Coast Aquafornia Home Aquafornia Topic: Drought Topic: Flood Management Topic: San Francisco Bay Infrastructure Topic: Watershed Fri, 02 Dec 2022 13:20:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 87748 at https://www.watereducation.org Start of the water year reveals below-average precipitation for Kern River watershed https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/start-water-year-reveals-below-average-precipitation-kern-river-watershed <blockquote> <p> The first of seven monthly Kern River Snow and Water reports put out by water watcher Scott Williams arrived in email boxes Dec. 1 and the news was, fairly, well – “eh.” The watershed is below average in terms of precipitation but not that below average, according to Williams’ report, which uses a compilation of data from multiple public websites. He typically publishes the monthly updates based on water data from Nov. 1 through May 31. The North Fork of the Kern has 3.71 inches of precip, or 86% of average, and the South Fork has 1.82 inches, or 73 percent of average, according to the report. With storms arriving this week, there’s a glimmer of hope for more. But Williams’ report also notes there’s a 76% chance of a La Niña winter this year, which typically means drier weather. </p> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://sjvwater.org/start-of-the-water-year-reveals-below-average-precipitation-for-kern-river-watershed/">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/start-water-year-reveals-below-average-precipitation-kern-river-watershed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Aquafornia Home Aquafornia Topic: Drought Topic: San Joaquin Valley Topic: San Joaquin River Topic: Watershed Fri, 02 Dec 2022 13:18:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 87747 at https://www.watereducation.org Pliocene-like monsoons are returning to the American Southwest https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/pliocene-monsoons-are-returning-american-southwest <blockquote> <p> For researchers seeking to understand the effects of climate change on the weather of the North American Southwest, the answer lies in traveling millions of years back in time on wings of wax—leaf wax. … When the plant dies, those waxes turn into dust that floats on the wind, then drifts down to form layers preserved in marine and terrestrial sediments. Trapped within those sediments is a timeline tracing pictures from prehistoric times: which vegetation flourished, or the intensity of the rainfall. …&nbsp;Monsoons today will likely follow the Pliocene pattern and intensify, but also expand their range in Southern California. …&nbsp;Monsoons will help with drought as the Southwest dries. But they will be stronger, dropping inches of rain in a short time and causing more frequent flooding. </p> <p> Related article:&nbsp; </p> <ul> <li>Los Angeles Times:&nbsp;<a href= "https://www.latimes.com/podcasts/story/2022-11-30/the-times-podcast-california-mega-flood"><strong>Podcast -&nbsp;The megaflood, next time in California</strong></a>&nbsp; </li> </ul> </blockquote><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-links"><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://www.wired.com/story/pliocene-like-monsoons-are-returning-to-the-american-southwest/" 0="a:0:{}">View Original Article</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><a href="https://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/pliocene-monsoons-are-returning-american-southwest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aquafornia news Topic: Climate Change Aquafornia Topic: Colorado River Home Aquafornia Topic: Nevada Topic: Flood Management Topic: Southern California Topic: Watershed Thu, 01 Dec 2022 19:28:00 +0000 Alastair Bland 87719 at https://www.watereducation.org