From the Los Angeles Times, in a commentary by Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California:
“Given the record dry weather in recent months, it is quite possible that Southern California will receive very little water from Northern California this year. Major reservoirs in the north are far below their normal levels for this time of year, with the two largest at only one-third of capacity.
From The Fresno Bee, in a commentary by Sen. Tom Berryhill:
“In California turning on the tap is really no guarantee that water will flow. Unless something is done to upgrade and improve our water storage and delivery system, Californians will risk not having enough water for everyday activities and certainly not enough to sustain many of the state’s key businesses. While the talk is on conveyance, the real issue should be additional storage.
“A Salinas assemblyman is joining with a bipartisan Latino coalition to call on a water crisis solution that focuses on water storage, flood management, delta sustainability and clean water for disadvantaged communities.
“The coalition will join a long line of legislators who believe their emphasis and vision of a water solution is the best, and the line is getting longer.”
“In his 2014-15 budget, the governor rolled out his five-year, $56.7 billion infrastructure plan. It didn’t include the $11.1 billion water bond the Legislature agreed upon in 2009 but has twice declined to place on the ballot.
“Our recommendation is that the Legislature review the bond, remove pet projects used to woo lawmaker support in 2009 and put it before the voters in November.”
“The Sonoma County Water Agency has cut flows in the Russian River by about 30 percent since Tuesday in an effort to preserve dwindling supplies in Lake Mendocino. …
“The region is coming out of a record dry year, with just 7.67 inches of rain falling in the upper reaches of the Russian River, as measured at Ukiah; the area usually sees at least 34 inches of rain.”
From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Joe Mathews:
“All Californians should visit, at least once, their water sources – the Delta, the Colorado River, the Hetch Hetchy Valley. This year, go to the lightly populated far north of the state (where people feel disconnected from the rest of California) and take a hike in Upper Bidwell Park in Chico.”
“The Bureau of Reclamation, in partnership with the State of California Department of Water Resources, today [Dec. 30] released a progress report on the North-of-the-Delta Offstream Storage Investigation. The proposed project would be located about 10 miles northwest of Maxwell, Calif.
“The progress report is being distributed as a status update summarizing the Investigation from 2001 to present.
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):
“The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has released a progress report on feasibility studies for plans to construct an off-stream storage reservoir near Sites.
“The report presents results to date of studies evaluating the potential benefits and impacts of three alternative plans for the reservoir, formally known as the North-of-Delta Offstream Storage project.”
“The Placer County Water Agency is saying that a good rainfall year is needed in 2014 to restock mountain reservoirs. And the Water Agency is already looking at the possibility of water-use reductions.
“The Auburn-based agency is expressing concerns as a very dry 2013 draws to a close.