“A House of Representatives committee unanimously approved a bill Thursday to authorize water infrastructure projects across the country, including the long-awaited completion of the Natomas Levee Improvement Project.”
“If U.S. Air Force official Steve Mayer is bothered by California’s refusal to inherit the radioactive waste dump he’s building outside Sacramento, he doesn’t show it. He’s plowing ahead with plans at the old McClellan Air Force Base to entomb soil contaminated with radium-226, a glow-in-the-dark substance that can cause cancer, and pass ownership of it to the city of Sacramento. …
“The Sacramento City Council this week stepped up its critique of a plan to build two giant water diversion tunnels in the Delta, warning that it may harm the city’s ability to access drinking water in the decades ahead.
“The Bay Delta Conservation Plan, as the tunnel project is formally known, is being pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown and a contingent of major water suppliers, mostly in Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley.
From The Sacramento Bee, a commentary by Michael Ault:
“Sacramento is set to embark on possibly the most significant civic project in the history of the city. … That’s why the passage of SB 743 is critical to Sacramento’s future. The bill introduced by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg will help streamline the process set forth by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for developments meeting certain specifications.”
“At least 12 miles of levees in Sacramento need major repairs to keep their 100-year-flood-protection rating, including virtually all of the city’s bowl-like Pocket neighborhood, according to new engineering analyses.
“The Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency is in the process of figuring out how much the work will cost, but it is sure to be disruptive.
“The latest effort to restore salmon spawning in the American River began Tuesday at Sacramento’s River Bend Park.
“The project involves spreading gravel in the riverbed so migrating wild chinook salmon have more room to create “redds,” or nests for their eggs. The aim is to replenish gravel that would have naturally washed downstream but has been blocked for decades by Folsom and Nimbus dams.”
From the Northern California Water Association (NCWA) Blog:
“The signs are everywhere – California is experiencing record dry and warm conditions. The first part of 2013 was the driest on record. Will this continue?” was the title of the Aug. 16 post by Fritz Durst, chair, NCWA Water Management Task Force.
“In Northern California, water leaders continue to make a concerted effort to prepare for dry conditions in California.
It could take a few hundred years – or even 2,000 – but the eventual, permanent flooding of low-lying areas in Sacramento is guaranteed if greenhouse gases are not deeply reduced, according to new research. …
“A new study shows that the largest U.S. cities highly threatened by future sea level rise are Miami, Virginia Beach, Va., Jacksonville, Fla., and Sacramento.”
“The American River Parkway, a 23-mile gem of the region, spanning more than 4,000 acres surrounding a wild and scenic river, once was a model for parkways across the country. In the last decade, however, it has been threatened by budget cuts.”
“If you’ve seen a river otter recently, Alana Chin wants to know. The adjunct professor at American River College founded the Sacramento Valley Otter Project last month, and she’s taking a citizen-science approach to researching the local animals. …
“River otters – water weasels about half the size of sea otters – joined some state endangered species lists with urbanization in the 1900s.”
“California has just experienced one of the driest springs in nearly a century and water storage levels are dropping as the hot summer plods on.” David Guy, president of the Northern California Water Association, and Capital Public Radio’s Sacramento Region Reporter Bob Moffitt were interviewed about water issues.