“On her way to visit the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Parlier on Monday, University of California President Janet Napolitano got a bird’s eye view of California cropland and rivers dry from the drought — a sight she hopes the universities can help fix through continued research and outreach.”
From the PPIC [Public Policy Institute of California] Viewpoints Blog, in a post by Linda Strean:
“The drought has focused attention on water supply and highlights the crucial role of funding in supporting our water system, said Ellen Hanak, PPIC senior fellow, at a half-day conference PPIC hosted last week at the Sacramento Convention Center.
“In the 1950s, Palm Springs was promoted as ‘America’s desert oasis’ in a film that displayed lush gardens, golf courses and tourists splashing in swimming pools. The image helped make the area a vacation destination.
“But in creating the image, Palm Springs became one of California’s biggest per-capita water users.”
“Farms represent a very different regulatory environment than urban areas. In short, farms are not officially required to do anything to conserve water. … That is not to say, however, that farmers aren’t doing their part in the drought.”
From The Fresno Bee Earth Log blog by Mark Grossi:
“A half dozen representatives of government agencies gathered this week and touted California’s newly minted ‘Drought Operations Plan’ to survive the rest of this year on very little water and prepare for 2015.”
From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Climatic Data Center (NCDC):
“Drought is a unique climate event, which often begins with subtle effects but can end up being incredibly costly and devastating. Paleoclimatology, or the study of past climate prior to instrumental records, allows scientists not only to collect evidence of past climate conditions, such as drought, but also provides them with a means to investigate the climate processes underlying these conditions.
“As California’s drought stretches toward the hot summer months, state and federal officials are planning extraordinary measures to protect drinking water supplies and endangered Sacramento River salmon, according to a plan unveiled Wednesday.”
“State and federal agencies on Wednesday officially unveiled a joint plan detailing how they will tackle the ongoing drought that has raised difficult questions about how California farmers, residents and wildlife share the dwindling supply of water.”
“First came the urgent e-mail to two Cabinet secretaries from San Joaquin Valley farm interests, demanding that officials allow ‘maximum pumping’ of water from recent storms for agriculture and cities and minimize flows for endangered fish making their river migrations amid the worst drought in years.”
“In separate, but overlapping lobbying trips that formally began Monday, officials from both Fresno and Tulare counties have been seeking support from elected lawmakers, all-important staff and Obama administration higher-ups. These are annual ventures that this year took on a different, wetter cast.”
“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public comment on an emergency proposal by California water officials to temporarily dam three channels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in response to the drought.”