“The earth sank at a rate of nearly 1 foot per year in a portion of the San Joaquin Valley during the state’s most recent drought, scientists announced Thursday, adding that the problem is likely to persist and could threaten large aqueducts that ship water south from the Delta.
“The sinking land has also slowed down the planned restoration of the San Joaquin River.
From the Bay Delta Conservation Plan Blog, in a post by Richard Stapler, California Natural Resources Agency:
“As California has matured as a state, we continue to take well-conceived steps toward lessening our potential for harm from earthquakes. … Take for instance, upgrades to one of the Bay Area’s primary water conveyance, the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System. About $4.6 billion will be spent to seismically upgrade the aging system. For the 2.5 million people it serves, that works out to about $1,840 per individual.
“The Delta Protection Commission (DPC) will mark its 20th Anniversary this Thursday, Nov. 21 during a celebration [4-5:30 p.m.] at the Big Break Visitor Center in Oakley, CA, preceding a 6 p.m. Commission Meeting at Oakley City Hall. …
“’Throughout its history, the Delta Protection Commission has served as the voice of those that live, work, and play in the Delta,’ said San Joaquin County Supervisor Larry Ruhstaller, chair of the Delta Protection Commission.
From the Santa Barbara Independent, in a commentary by Arve Sjovold:
“Can a man drown crossing a river that averages one foot in depth? The answer is, of course, yes. An average cannot describe how wet you’ll get wading a river with a deep channel and a broader shallow run.
From the Orange County Register, in a column by Frank Mickadeit:
At this Irvine Hilton conference of the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) I attended last month, an administration official laid out [Governor] Brown’s [Delta] plan. Later, three other speakers outlined why this might not be the best plan …
“I quoted the conference organizer, Irvine Ranch Water District director Peer Swan, as saying this initial conference was ‘a shot across the bow’ to wake up regional interests that hadn’t been paying attention to the issue.
From the California WaterBlog, UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, in a post by Wouter Jan Klerk and Ties Rijcken:
“The California Delta is one of the world’s most complex water systems. As a group of five Dutch students from Delft University of Technology, we were eager to visit the diked islands, or ‘polders,’ as we call them in the Netherlands.
“The thirteen maps were originally listed in the final Delta Plan document using a standard print resolution. The high resolution versions are now available so that the detailed information on the maps can be more easily seen.”
“During a visit to Fresno on Tuesday, California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird reported that progress is being made on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan that will be released for public review on Dec. 13.
“He said that although there are no specifics yet on downstream water capture and storage, it will be considered as part of the plan.
From the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) Blog, in a post by Richard Stapler, California Natural Resources Agency:
“The Department of Water Resources has revised its estimate of the cost to construct a 3,000 cubic-feet-per-second, single bore tunnel that some stakeholders have proposed be incorporated into proposals to restore the ecosystem and water supply reliability in the Delta. In 2012 dollars, that capital cost of such a facility is estimated at $8.6 billion.
From The Bakersfield Californian, in a commentary by Lois Henry:
“Water can be such a complex issue that most people would rather not be bothered. For filmmaker Juan Carlos Oseguera, water became impossible to ignore as he watched family, friends and whole communities suffer from political decisions made about water decades ago and thousands of miles away.