“On Friday, the State Water Resources Control Board announced a curtailment of all post-1914 water rights holders, which will affect about 500 water contracts in Yuba, Sutter and Colusa counties.
“Now, as water managers wait for those curtailment notices to arrive, the Bureau of Reclamation and other federal partners will announce additional responses to the drought at a press conference today in Sacramento.”
“Water, or the lack of it, was the topic of concern for more than 100 people who attended Tuesday’s South Sacramento Valley Winter Almond Meeting. … Tree planting density, groundwater conditions and management, and irrigating in a drought year were all discussed.”
“In November, when it seemed clear that tough, dry times were setting in, the Bear Republic craft brewery gave $466,143 to the tiny Wine Country town to start drilling two new wells, which in turn would help the company expand beer operations. Without that money, the city wouldn’t have been able to dig.”
“Tom Reemts doesn’t see anything good coming from the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. The Churn Creek Bottom farmer went to the state Department of Water Resources’ informational open house on the plan today, but it didn’t change his mind. …
“Today’s event was one of a dozen throughout the state and was set up in an open house format.”
“Davis can raise its water rates to pay for the city’s Surface Water Project with neighboring Woodland, a Yolo Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday, thwarting a local lawsuit that alleged the rates were unconstitutional.”
From the Chico Enterprise-Record in a commentary by Heather Hacking:
“This week my sister and I wandered around the produce section of Safeway. Not far off in the distance, somewhere near Brussels sprouts, I heard the rumble of the automated misters. This is now my most recent memory of thunderstorms.
“Today, if there is even a hint of rain on the horizon, it’s news.”
From the Marin Independent Journal and San Jose Mercury News:
“A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled against a commercial oyster farm that has drawn national attention for its battle to continue operating at Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County — a critical decision that could result in the company being forced to close.”
“A federal appeals court took a step Tuesday toward closing a Marin County oyster farm at the center of a heated environmental and political controversy, reaffirming its ruling that the federal government legally refused to renew the company’s lease in waters designated by Congress as a wilderness area.”
From the Northern California Water Association (NCWA) Blog, in a post by NCWA Chairman Bryce Lundberg:
“As we are now seeing throughout the state, 2013 was the driest year on record for California. The convergence of low carryover storage in reservoirs, coupled with minimal inflow into these reservoirs so far this year, has water resources managers in the Sacramento Valley concerned with our ability to serve water for cities and rural communities, farms, birds, fish and recreation.
“For many users and advocates of marijuana, the boom in the West Coast growing industry may be all good and groovy. But in California, critics say the recent explosion of the marijuana industry along the state’s North Coast — a region called the ‘emerald triangle’ — could put a permanent buzz kill on struggling salmon populations.