“Like most Californians, we’re no slouches when it comes to saving water. We turn off the tap when we brush our teeth; run full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher; and we can’t remember the last time we washed our car.”
“For Apolinar Yerena of Yerena Farms in Castroville, forcing huge amounts of water down a drill bore to extract oil makes no sense when farmers up and down California are or will be hurting for water during the drought.”
“A judge ruled the failed regional desalination project agreements can still be challenged, but only by the Monterey County Water Resources Agency and not California American Water.
“Marina Coast Water District, a former regional project partner with Cal Am and the county, has alleged its partners should pay its project costs, estimated at $15 million to $18 million, because they backed out of valid project agreements.”
From The Salinas Californian, in a commentary by Dennis Taylor:
“While farmers in the Salinas Valley are increasingly worried about future irrigation water, the federal Bureau of Reclamation told farmers in the Central Valley on Friday that they will have a zero allocation of water from the Central Valley Water Project.
“Meanwhile, Republicans and Democrats in Sacramento are introducing water bills that often serve only to counter the other party’s water bills.
From The Salinas Californian, in a commentary by Kim Stemler:
“Monterey County vineyards are ‘dusty in the middle of January,’ said Andy Mitchell, director of vineyard operations at 400,000-case Hahn Family Wines. ‘Last year was bad, but this year is much worse.’ …
“So what does the drought bode? It’s too early to say and it could mean a decrease in yields for 2014.”
“A conservation group is working on a demonstration project in the Salinas River to inject science into an emotional argument about the best way to achieve flood protection for growers while maintaining critical habitat for endangered wildlife.”
From The Salinas Californian, in a commentary by Dennis L. Taylor:
“I received a voice mail this week from a fellow who was indignant that some grower out on Williams Road was intermittently watering empty dirt and asphalt in the midst of the Drought of the Century, keeping in mind, of course, that this century is still a teenager.
“This caller’s experience is a great example of both misconceptions and shortfalls.”
“An old idea to supply badly needed water to overdrafted wells northeast of Salinas is bubbling up again, this time in the form of a project that, among other things, could rescue an important Salinas River water right.”
“Cachuma Lake, the source of drinking water for 200,000 people on the southern coast of Santa Barbara County, from Goleta to Carpinteria, is disappearing. It is becoming a startling emblem of California’s debilitating drought, with little hope that conditions will improve any time soon.”
From The Salinas Californian, in a commentary by Norm Groot:
“Salinas Valley growers have created a unique situation here for a water supply solution: release water from reservoirs on a year-round basis to allow for percolation to the groundwater basin, thus causing recharge for the water pumped for irrigation purposes. This is an effective and efficient solution to providing water to one of the best farming regions in the world.”
From The Salinas Californian, in a commentary by Dave Nordstrand:
“Used to be this time of year, water in Toro Creek would be flowing swiftly — like it had a purpose in life. One year, in fact, people living along Portolla Drive, which borders the creek, called this newspaper to report seeing salmon swimming up its swift and frigid waters. ”
“A Salinas assemblyman is joining with a bipartisan Latino coalition to call on a water crisis solution that focuses on water storage, flood management, delta sustainability and clean water for disadvantaged communities.
“The coalition will join a long line of legislators who believe their emphasis and vision of a water solution is the best, and the line is getting longer.”
“Garden patches at the Boronda Crossing Shopping Center have a big job. Beyond their aesthetic appeal, the plants and rock form a bioswale — in effect, a filter — intended to reduce pollutants in rainwater runoff from entering creeks, estuaries and the Monterey Bay.”
“In the wake of heavy criticism and a lawsuit, Monterey County Counsel Charles McKee announced Tuesday he has asked the district attorney to investigate alleged violations of the state’s open meetings law by the Board of Supervisors and the Water Resources Agency board.”