“The drought gripping California will likely wipe away profits for small family farms in a Glenn County water district. But its general manager breathed a big sigh of relief Tuesday night with the Redding City Council’s approval of a plan to sell water to the Kanawha Water District.”
From the Northern California Water Association (NCWA) blog, in a post by NCWA Chair Bryce Lundberg:
“Despite recent rainfall in March, there will be significant surface water cutbacks in the Sacramento Valley during the third consecutive year of drought. Reduced water use by farms and wildlife refuges will directly impact wildlife habitat, rural communities and our economy.”
“Faced with an exponentially growing deficit in the sewer wastewater treatment plant capacity fund, the city [Chico] must make a decision by year’s end on how to address the gap between revenue and loan liabilities.”
From The Davis Enterprise, in a commentary by Joe Krovoza, Bill Marble, Don Saylor, Skip Davies, Brett Lee, Dan Wolk and Jim Hilliard:
“On Thursday, the cities of Davis and Woodland will celebrate a milestone decades in the making and one with benefits for generations to come: the groundbreaking for the regional surface water treatment facility.”
“There’s at least one immediate benefit from the most recent storms that swept through California: Wildlife officials will temporarily stop transporting hatchery salmon by truck, and instead release those fish at the hatcheries following usual practice.”
“This month, another step forward was taken for plans to build Sites Reservoir near Maxwell. Congressmen John Garamendi, D-Fairfield, and Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, have introduced federal legislation to authorize and complete the feasibility study for the proposed new water storage.
“One could call the progress slow and steady, understanding that the timeline is decades.”
“California is known as the ‘Golden State’ in part for its mild weather. But it turns out the sky can split open and suck your roof off here, too.
“Three tornadoes have struck the Sacramento Valley so far this week, including one that ripped through the city of Roseville on Wednesday, levitating lawn furniture and barbecues and tearing up fences, windows and roofs.
“Wildlife officials on Tuesday formally launched a massive trucking operation to move 30 million Sacramento River salmon toward the sea to help the fish avoid harmful river conditions caused by drought.”
From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):
“To preserve agriculture, flood protection and wildlife habitat, the Knaggs Ranch project completed this month will help determine if floodplains doing double duty growing rice and other crops can also be used as nurseries for salmon.”
“The Bay Area could see its longest stretch of rain and clouds of the year this week.
“The first drops are expected to arrive Tuesday morning, just as the commute hits its peak, and the wet weather is forecast to stick around at least through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.”
From the Northern California Water Association (NCWA) Blog, in a post by Todd Manley:
“In water short years, increased attention is paid to how much water is used in the state, where it is used, and for what purposes. Many different numbers are used to describe water use in the state among generalized water users (environmental, agricultural and urban).
“Two members of California’s congressional delegation on Wednesday called for building a new reservoir north of Sacramento, displaying bipartisan agreement on one potential solution to California’s long-term water problems.
“Democratic Rep. John Garamendi and Republican Rep. Doug LaMalfa held a news conference near the location of the proposed reservoir to announce their bill.”