From the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) staff Switchboard blog, in a post by Doug Obegi:
“Since 2013 has, so far, been one of the driest years on record, there was some irony that the State [Department of Water Resources] announced an initial 5% allocation during the first storm of the season. The last time the state announced an initial 5% allocation (for 2010) the final allocation was 50%.
“When someone says that there are two Californias, the reference these days is usually to the political differences between coastal and inland residents rather than the historical split between north and south.
“But there is a third and even more telling divide in this state, and it has to do with the water wars that create some of our most bitter intra-state rivalries.”
“As the first significant rain of the season fell on Northern California Wednesday, the state Department of Water Resources issued an ominous water supply estimate that makes it clear that much more precipitation is needed this winter.
“In its annual water allocation estimate, usually issued around Dec.
“The state Department of Water Resources gave a bleak outlook for water delivery this year. The agency said it can only deliver 5 percent of requested water to State Water Project contractors in 2014. …
“Several local politicians quickly responded Wednesday to the low figure announced by the Department of Water Resources.”
From the Alex Breitler Environment blog, the Stockton Record:
“State water officials today [Nov. 20] announced a mere 5 percent initial allocation next year for cities from the Bay Area to San Diego, and some south San Joaquin Valley farms. … But how often do State Water Project customers actually get a full allocation?
From the Bay Delta Conservation Plan Blog, in a post by Richard Stapler, California Natural Resources Agency:
“As California has matured as a state, we continue to take well-conceived steps toward lessening our potential for harm from earthquakes. … Take for instance, upgrades to one of the Bay Area’s primary water conveyance, the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System. About $4.6 billion will be spent to seismically upgrade the aging system. For the 2.5 million people it serves, that works out to about $1,840 per individual.
“Water issues facing the North State will be the focus of a Town Hall in Yuba City tonight [Nov. 19] that will feature the state’s top natural resources official. State Natural Resources Secretary John Laird will be on hand for the event hosted by area Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Loma Rica.
“As the city weighs its next move in a stalled effort to expand water service to UC Santa Cruz, environmental watchdogs say university growth must be part of a new outreach plan involving water supply.
“The City Council on Tuesday rescinded two of three resolutions made in August 2010 supporting an environmental analysis underpinning requests to expand the city’s sphere of influence to include 240 acres of the undeveloped North Campus area and provide water and sewer service to new residential and academic facilities.”
“The county’s water resources director said Tuesday costly expansions of a Santa Cruz water treatment plant and a San Lorenzo River diversion site have the potential to provide significant winter supply to a district facing critical overdraft in its groundwater basin.”
“The Owens [River] reached its new end point 100 years ago today, on Nov. 5, 1913, with the dedication of the Los Angeles Aqueduct. Modern Los Angeles was born on that day. The city has never been the same. Our thirst has never been quenched.”