From Water | Food | Environment — The Blog of David Guy:
“University of California Professor Jay Lund this past week penned a viewpoint in the Sacramento Bee asserting that ‘California needs a new environmentalism to set a more effective and sustainable green bar for the nation and even the world.’
“In this blog over the past several years we have explored concepts surrounding a new environmentalism, particularly involving the intersection of water, food and the environment in a California that has 38 million people and is projected to reach 50 million in the next decades.
“It was supposed to be a simple groundbreaking ceremony for a big upgrade on Sacramento’s water treatment plant, but Mayor Kevin Johnson couldn’t resist throwing a little dirt on Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels project.
“‘I would say I do not agree with the governor as it relates to the two tunnels,’ Johnson told reporters at the ceremony.”
“[Sacramento] Mayor Kevin Johnson and City Manager John Shirey both expressed their opposition Tuesday to Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to build giant tunnels that would divert water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to farms and cities in Central and Southern California.”
“Mayor Kevin Johnson and other local officials on Tuesday announced a new campaign that will lobby the state and federal governments to provide more funding to local infrastructure projects that defend cities from extreme weather.”
Virtually no community in America has been untouched by a major storm, hurricane or flood, a major power outage, a scorching heat wave or a withering drought. … My goal is to share a message with thousands of my fellow local elected officials: Our environmental and energy challenges are also our economic opportunities.”
From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):
“Disabled and disadvantaged youth will enjoy a day of outdoor adventure June 15 in the first “Catch a Special Thrill” (C.A.S.T.) fishing event held in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. … In California, C.A.S.T. events are regularly held at DWR’s State Water Project reservoirs as well as at the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Central Valley Project reservoirs.”
“A fight is brewing, particularly in Davis, where opponents say fluoridation amounts to a widespread medication of residents that harms people and the environment. While the county’s health and education establishment has endorsed fluoridation, grass-roots activists are organizing the opposition effort.”
Part of the challenge of housing thousands of residents in the parched landscape has been securing a reliable water supply….Earlier plans called for water to be piped in from the Natomas Central Mutual Water Co., which serves farms miles away in northern Sacramento County and southern Sutter County.