“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.
“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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
“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.”
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 …”
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.
“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.”
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).”