“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.”
“The transfer of water from the Imperial Irrigation District to San Diego and the Coachella Valley has netted the IID nearly $85 million over a 10-year period, and is expected to net the district more than $2.7 billion from 2009 through 2047, according to IID projections.”
“There’s no longer a dispute over whether the Modesto Irrigation District should help drought-stricken farms get more water this year by paying some growers a fixed price to forgo their water shares or by allowing open-market sales among farmers.”
“The Russian River Flood Control and Water Conservation Improvement District voted Monday to sell water to the Redwood Valley County Water District, which might otherwise have run out of water in two months.”
“The East Bay Municipal Utility District is lining up a second emergency water supply in the drought. The water board agreed Tuesday to exercise an option to buy up to 20,000 acre feet of water from the Placer County Water Agency.”
“The prospect of irrigation water hawked on Craigslist became a possibility Tuesday with a landmark vote allowing Modesto Irrigation District customers to buy and sell to other farmers within MID’s boundary at any price they want.”
From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Jay Lund, Ellen Hanak and Barton “Buzz” Thompson:
“California is in a major drought, and state and federal regulators will be under pressure to loosen environmental standards that protect native fish. This happened in the 1976-77 and 1987-92 droughts, and the current drought could become much more severe.”
From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):
“DWR Director Mark Cowin and DWR’s Drought Preparedness Manager Bill Croyle highlight the importance of water transfers and drought preparedness during the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Board Meeting in Sacramento on January 7. With the possibility of a dry 2014, State, federal and local officials gathered to discuss issues of concern to California’s agriculture.”
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):
“It’s been a decade since four Southern California water agencies voluntarily agreed in October 2003 to a set of long-term conservation and water transfer agreements to resolve longstanding disputes and help the state cope with users’ growing demand for water from the Colorado River.
“The Quantification Settlement Agreement (QSA), which will continue for as long as another 65 years, sets water limits for the Southern California water districts in order to help the state consume no more than its annual entitlement of 4.4
“The nation’s largest agriculture-to-urban water transfer was signed 10 years ago today.
“And while there is no shortage of opinions on the implementation and effects of the transfer, statements by officials from the San Diego County Water Authority and the Imperial Irrigation District are illustrative of how the Quantification Settlement Agreement is viewed.”