“Farmers, water district officials and city leaders expressed frustration Thursday over the decision by federal managers to tap water from Friant Dam to meet a long-standing obligation with west-side landowners.”
“North Coast wineries and growers remain optimistic following a second consecutive year of record-setting harvests and strong consumer demand for grape varietals that thrive in the region, particularly pinot noir. … Growers increasingly are concerned, however, about the impact of California’s drought.”
“Lauren Bon’s mobile art project, ‘100 Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct,’ was an ambitious, unwieldy and some say stunning performance piece meant to reawaken Angelenos’ interest in its water supply and commemorate the aqueduct’s 100th birthday.”
“Hotter, drier conditions in the already drought-stricken Southwest are expected to further stress the region’s water supply, threatening specialty crops and making forests more vulnerable to wildfires and tree-killing insects.”
“A 900,000-gallon water tank located at the end of Hamilton Field near Novato’s southern city limits was drained because of contamination concerns after locks protecting the tank were found cut, officials said.”
“The rain that’s fallen in fulsome fits and spattering starts this spring has punched enough of a dent in the drought that state officials now say just three towns and rural areas are in danger of running out of water — a sharp dip from the 17 that were facing Dust Bowl disaster in January.”
From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):
“Rain and snow from February and March storms have allowed the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to increase water contract allocations for State Water Project (SWP) deliveries from zero to five percent. Precipitation from these recent storms also eliminates the current need for rock barriers to be constructed in the Delta to prevent saltwater intrusion.
“The Bureau of Reclamation today [April 18] announced an update to the February 2014 Central Valley Project water supply for Sacramento River Settlement Contractors and wildlife refuges north-of-delta.
“Californians finally agree on something. A Field Poll released this week shows 88 percent of those surveyed believe the state is facing a serious water shortage. Unfortunately, that’s about all we agree on.”
“Growers on the west side of the [San Joaquin] Valley got a little good news late last week: They’re going to get more water than they had feared. That’s not to say they’re going to get all the water they need, far from it.”
“City Manager Greg Nyhoff said Modesto has been taking steps to address the findings in an auditor’s report that concluded the Public Works Department’s water and wastewater divisions are plagued by problems, including poor leadership, low morale and high turnover.”