“Earlier this month, as the Silver fire raced past Cabazon in Riverside County, a group of state fire officials and fire scientists met in a Ventura County hotel ballroom to debate a sweeping proposal to govern how the state prevents fires on 38 million acres, more than a third of California’s land area.”
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) on Thursday announced changes to a proposed water conveyance system in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta that would shrink by 50 percent the total permanent footprint of the project, shift more than 400 acres of permanent and temporary construction impacts from private to public lands, and otherwise substantially reduce the effects of the project on Delta residents.
“In Mission Springs Water District v. Verjil, a California appellate court invalidated voter initiatives that had proposed to reduce a water district’s recently adopted rate increases and limit the amount the district could raise future rates to the percentage increase, if any, in the Consumer Price Index.
“Labor negotiations take place behind closed doors, and appropriately so. … That’s as true for labor talks in the public sector, such as those currently underway between the city of Los Angeles and the Department of Water and Power, as for those in private business.
“But there’s a point at which discussions move from being merely quiet to being plain sneaky.”
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.
Whatever direction the BDCP takes, it will represent a major milestone in the history of California water. It is clear that with so many interested parties, the ultimate scope and scale of the project cannot easily be prognosticated.
The Water Education Foundation’s May/June issue of Western Water looks at the BDCP and the Coalition to Support Delta Projects, issues that are aimed at improving the health and safety of the Delta while solidifying California’s long-term water supply reliability.
The BDCP simultaneously takes on improving water supply reliability and
The Water Education Foundation’s Bay-Delta Tour starts today! Check out this interactive map to find out what sites we will visit. The blue points are the locations on Day 1, Day 2 sites are marked with red points, and Day 3 sites are marked with green points.
This tour is co-sponsored by the Bureau of Reclamation, Mid Pacific Region and the California Department of Water Resources.
Additional sponsors are CH2MHill, ESA, GEI, HDR, Brown and Caldwell, Jacobs, and ATKINS.
Mediation on how to address impacts caused by the nation’s largest farm-to-city water transfer will continue between Imperial County and the Imperial Irrigation District, officials said Wednesday, although what that mediation will produce is still unclear.
At the top of the scroll: The Brown administration released the latest chapters on an updated Bay Delta Conservation plan last week. The release sparked commentary and news stories across California. Northern California Congressional representatives held a related press conference Thursday, and also issued a statement.