“Stories include improving food supplies for fish, a new approach to Brown Bag seminars, the perils of over-pumping groundwater, previewing the implementation committee, and a valued IEP colleague leaves.”
“Asparagus is coming up in the Delta, but cheaper imports make it too expensive to harvest. Prices at the supermarket have seldom been lower, even dropping to 99-cents a pound, this makes it harder and harder for Delta farmers to compete.”
“A federal appeals court in San Francisco on Thursday upheld the science used in fish protection plans that sometimes cut back water pumping for San Joaquin Valley farmers and Southern California cities.
“The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision overturned a 2010 lower court ruling from Fresno, which had held that protections for the delta smelt in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta were not supported in science.”
“A state appellate court dropped a bomb late Thursday on the early stages of the state’s plan to divert fresh Northern California water under or around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta on its way to Central and Southern California.”
“With California enduring the driest year on record, water is now more precious than ever before. There is an ongoing battle for control of one of California’s most vital water resources: the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
“In yet another sign of the severe drought facing California, state water officials are planning to temporarily dam three channels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to control salinity intrusion from San Francisco Bay.
“The California Department of Water Resources is working to place the barriers as soon as May 1, if the drought persists.
From the San Francisco Chronicle Politics Blog by Carolyn Lochhead
“Four California Democrats, including Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, sent an urgent appeal Wednesday to the state Water Resources Control Board pleading for two-week delay in a decision that was expected Friday to slash water deliveries from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to farmers.
From the Stockton Record Alex Breitler Environment blog:
“Recent storms have boosted the amount of water flowing through the Delta, and San Joaquin Valley farmers expressed frustration today [March 4] that more of that water isn’t being sent their way, given that more than half a million acres are expected to be fallowed this year.”
From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Al Medvitz:
“For those who are concerned about providing relief and assistance to California farmers, there must be a realization that the west side farmers in the southern Central Valley are not the only farmers in the state threatened by drought. Those of us who farm in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are suffering, just as are our colleagues to the south.”
“The Central Valley’s thirst for water to irrigate its fields has already decimated its own aquifer. It’s made a 60-mile stretch of the once-majestic San Joaquin River run dry, devastating an area where wildlife once flourished.”