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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Storm Allows Boost in Delta Water Diversions

From The Sacramento Bee:

“The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation was able to take advantage of increased runoff from the wet weekend storms to boost water diversions from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.”

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Delta Advocates Plan Trip to Fresno When President is There

From the Stockton Record:

“Delta advocates plan to travel to Fresno on Friday, where President Barack Obama is expected to visit ground zero of California’s drought.”

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Aquafornia news U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Reclamation Announces Funding for Bay-Delta Restoration Program — CALFED Water Use Efficiency Grants

From the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation:

“The Bureau of Reclamation announces the availability of up to $2 million for award under the Bay-Delta Restoration Program: CALFED Water Use Efficiency Grants. The federal funding cap is $300,000 per award, not to exceed 50 percent of project costs.

“The Bay-Delta Restoration Program is a collaborative effort among 25 state and federal agencies.

Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

San Joaquin Valley State Senators Vidak, Cannella Propose $9.2 Billion Water Bill

From The Fresno Bee:

“Valley state Sens. Andy Vidak, R-Hanford, and Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres, announced Thursday new legislation to put a water bond on the November ballot in an effort to improve California’s water system.”

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Commentary: While D.C. Plays Politics, Real Water Issues Await

From The Bakersfield Californian, in a column by Lois Henry:

“There are real issues to be discussed involving California’s water troubles. Tough issues.

“Such as, whether we’ve overplanted with crops that simply cannot be accommodated long term given regulatory changes in the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta. Oh yeah, I went there. Let the howling begin.”

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Commentary: Delta Tunnels Represent a Reasonable Solution for Water Demands

From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Betty Jo Toccoli:

“After members of our [California Small Business Association] board of directors and I visited some of the state water system’s key facilities in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta – the heart of the state’s ongoing water crisis – we came away with a much better understanding of the need for long-term solutions.”

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Commentary: Better Solutions for Managing California’s Water

From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla:

“During the current drought, the public will hear a lot about water management in California. Unfortunately, Californians are being presented with a false dichotomy – that California’s water problems are about fish vs. people.”

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Blog: GOP Bid to Link California Drought Measure, Farm Bill Fails

From the San Francisco Chronicle Politics blog, in a post by Carolyn Lochhead:

“UPDATE: House Republicans failed in their last-minute effort to insert a policy rider into the farm bill that would have diverted water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to parched farms in the Central Valley.”

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Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

House Speaker Touts Drought Emergency Bill at Bakersfield Event

From The Fresno Bee:

“House Speaker John Boehner and three San Joaquin Valley Republican congressmen on Wednesday called on their Senate colleagues to approve emergency drought legislation they say would bring more water to the region.”

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Commentary: Do You Expect Me to Read All This?

From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Joe Mathews:

“The Bay Delta Conservation Plan and its draft environmental impact documents, which detail proposals for restoring California’s most important estuary and creating a more reliable water supply for Southern California, are now available for public comment both online and in public open houses through April 14. Of course, the documents reportedly run to 34,000 pages …”

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Aquafornia news Delta Stewardship Council (DSC)

News Release: Delta Stewardship Council Member Damrell Receives Unanimous Approval to Be Confirmed

From the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC):

“Council member Frank C. Damrell, Jr. on Wednesday (Jan. 15) received a 5-0 vote from the Senate Rules Committee recommending his confirmation as a member of the DSC.
Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Water Foes Converge on Sacramento

From the Stockton Record:

“Groups on opposite sides of California’s water wars intend to spread their message at the state capitol today [Jan. 16].”

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Commentary: Drought is Mother Nature at Work, Not Congress

From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by David J. Hayes, former deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior:

“The governor will soon make it official: California is experiencing a drought. …

“Mother Nature is sending us a clear message that even when she serves up ample supplies of rain and snow, the state’s crudely engineered system for moving it from north to south is destroying the Delta.

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)

Isenberg Steps Down as Chair of Delta Stewardship Council

From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):

“Phil Isenberg announced in a letter Jan. 13 that he is stepping down at the end of the month as chair of the Delta Stewardship Council since his statutory term soon will end.”

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Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

State Comes to Fresno with $25 Billion Bay Delta Conservation Plan

From The Fresno Bee:

“After seven years of work, the plan to fix California’s biggest water problem is 34,000 pages long — roughly 24 times the size of “War and Peace.” And it does not read like a novel.

“It’s the highly technical Bay Delta Conservation Plan. To help people understand it, state leaders are appearing in a dozen cities, starting this week in Fresno.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Jerry Brown’s Former Point Man on Water Tunnels Will Work the Issue Outside Government

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Jerry Meral, the chief steward of Gov. Jerry Brown’s $25 billion water project while deputy secretary of the state’s Natural Resources Agency, is going to work for an environmental group supporting the controversial plan.”

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Aquafornia news Delta Stewardship Council (DSC) Delta Science Program

News Release: Delta Science Plan Released

From the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC) Delta Science Program:

“The 2013 Delta Science Plan has been released. Called for in the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Plan, the Science Plan is a framework for conducting science that organizes and integrates Delta science activities and builds an open, collaborative science community (One Delta, One Science).”

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Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle in Tom Stienstra's Outdoors column

Commentary: Invasive Hyacinth Takes Its Toll on Delta

From the San Francisco Chronicle in Tom Stienstra’s Outdoors column:

“Deep in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta last week, from the railing of the boat ‘At Last,’ you could see the dead water hyacinth. …

“Most people, including those who love the outdoors, including all forms of boating, have no idea the threat that water hyacinth presents.” 

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Blog: The Delta’s Own Agatha Christie

From the Alex Breitler Environment blog, the Stockton Record:

“Joan Klengler emailed me the other day after reading about the latest effort to brand the Delta. Turns out Klengler, who lives in the L.A.
Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Delta Looking to Find Its Brand

From the Stockton Record:

“A new marketing effort will attempt to tie together the Delta’s diverse riches with a simple logo and slogan, followed by the development of a plan to raise the profile of the estuary and its people.

“It’s all a part of helping create an identity for the Delta as a region,’ said Erik Vink, executive director of the Delta Protection Commission, a small state agency.”

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