“Earlier this month, as the Silver fire raced past Cabazon in
Riverside County, a group of state fire officials and fire
scientists met in a Ventura County hotel ballroom to debate a
sweeping proposal to govern how the state prevents fires on 38
million acres, more than a third of California’s land area.”
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) on Thursday
announced changes to a proposed water conveyance system in the
Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta that would shrink by 50 percent the
total permanent footprint of the project, shift more than 400
acres of permanent and temporary construction impacts from
private to public lands, and otherwise substantially reduce the
effects of the project on Delta residents.
“In Mission Springs Water District v. Verjil, a
California appellate court invalidated voter initiatives that had
proposed to reduce a water district’s recently adopted rate
increases and limit the amount the district could raise future
rates to the percentage increase, if any, in the Consumer Price
“Labor negotiations take place behind closed doors, and
appropriately so. … That’s as true for labor talks in the
public sector, such as those currently underway between the
city of Los Angeles and the Department of Water and Power, as
for those in private business.
“But there’s a point at which discussions move from being
merely quiet to being plain sneaky.”
From Water | Food | Environment — The Blog of David Guy:
“University of California Professor Jay Lund this past week
penned a viewpoint in the Sacramento Bee asserting that
‘California needs a new environmentalism to set a more
effective and sustainable green bar for the nation and even the
“In this blog over the past several years we have explored
concepts surrounding a new environmentalism, particularly
involving the intersection of water, food and the environment
in a California that has 38 million people and is projected to
reach 50 million in the next decades.
Whatever direction the BDCP takes, it will represent a major
milestone in the history of California water. It is clear that
with so many interested parties, the ultimate scope and scale of
the project cannot easily be prognosticated.
Water Education Foundation’s May/June issue of Western
Water looks at the BDCP and the Coalition to Support Delta
Projects, issues that are aimed at improving the health and
safety of the Delta while solidifying California’s long-term
water supply reliability.
The BDCP simultaneously takes on improving water supply
The Water Education Foundation’s Bay-Delta Tour starts today!
Check out this interactive map to find out what sites we will
visit. The blue points are the locations on Day 1, Day 2 sites
are marked with red points, and Day 3 sites are marked with green
This tour is co-sponsored by the Bureau of Reclamation, Mid
Pacific Region and the California Department of Water Resources.
Additional sponsors are CH2MHill, ESA, GEI, HDR, Brown and
Caldwell, Jacobs, and ATKINS.
Mediation on how to address impacts caused by the nation’s
largest farm-to-city water transfer will continue between
Imperial County and the Imperial Irrigation District, officials
said Wednesday, although what that mediation will produce is
At the top of the scroll: The Brown
administration released the latest chapters on an updated Bay
Delta Conservation plan last week. The release sparked commentary
and news stories across California.
Northern California Congressional representatives held a
related press conference Thursday, and also issued a statement.