“A Marina Coast Water District official is floating an idea to purchase Salinas River water to supply future development on former Fort Ord, a move that could mean millions of dollars a year in revenue for the county.
“Marina Coast District Interim General Manager Brian Lee will be pitching the idea during committee meeting of the Monterey County Water Resources Agency today [Oct. 31] in Salinas.”
“In a recent interview, [Gov. Jerry] Brown said he plans to stay his course. …
“He will also devote time, and political clout, to unclogging California water policy. The governor wants lawmakers to finish renegotiating a water bond measure, currently scheduled for the November 2014 ballot, to boost the reliability and safety of the state’s water supply.”
From the Los Angeles Daily News in a commentary by Ken Murray:
“As a nation, we dream of energy independence. But in Los Angeles, we wouldn’t dream of water independence. The growth and prosperity of our city has been largely defined by our ability to access large quantities of pure water.”
From U-T San Diego, in a commentary by state Sens. Mimi Walters and Lou Correa:
“In December 2012, the pumps that send water from Northern California to Southern California were throttled back yet again in order to protect the Delta Smelt and comply with the regulations in the Endangered Species Act. Unfortunately, that month was also the only wet month that California has enjoyed over the last year. Indeed, the first half of 2013 reportedly has been the driest stretch in state history.
“One would think that if a huge underground lake existed less than 100 miles from Southern California water users who live continually on the edge of a water supply crisis, there would be a rush to get that water into Southern California’s water system.
“One would also think, since this is California, that an extraordinarily challenging level of environmental review would be required before a single drop of that water could head toward users, and that a round of lawsuits would challenge the environmental review’s conclusions.”
From The Sacramento Bee in a commentary by David Mas Masumoto:
“As the smoke clears, the Rim fire has exposed a fundamental question for me: What’s my connection with Yosemite? …
“The Valley watershed begins in the Sierra – the water from the dramatic waterfalls and rivers winds down into our lands. Typically, we simply wait for the liquid gold to come spilling down for our thirsty fields and cities.”
From the Monterey Herald in a commentary by Bob McKenzie and Dale Ellis, consultants to the Coalition of Peninsula Businesses:
“On July 31, 2013, the Peninsula took a major step forward in the battle to solve our water crisis.
“On that day, many parties, including the Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority, Cal Am, Monterey Peninsula Water Management District and the Coalition of Peninsula Businesses, signed two settlement agreements that resolve some major issues confronting Cal Am’s Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project.”
“A U.S.-Canada treaty that governs operations of the fourth-largest river in North America — affecting everything from power prices and water supplies to grain shipments and recreation in the Pacific Northwest — should be renegotiated to make the system more flexible amid climate change and to aid threatened and endangered species that weren’t considered when the treaty was created decades ago, federal regulators recommended in a draft document released to The Associated Press.”
“Work on a temporary water filtration system in Dos Palos is expected to be done by Friday, according to police Chief Barry Mann. …
“The city received approval to install a temporary system this week, so that contractors can begin repairs on the permanent system. Dos Palos closed the water pipes, cutting off the supply to residents, on three occasions last week.”
“The Sacramento City Council this week stepped up its critique of a plan to build two giant water diversion tunnels in the Delta, warning that it may harm the city’s ability to access drinking water in the decades ahead.
“The Bay Delta Conservation Plan, as the tunnel project is formally known, is being pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown and a contingent of major water suppliers, mostly in Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley.
“There’s a better than 50 percent chance of an official water shortage being declared in 2016 for the Lower Colorado River Basin as a result of the drought that has gripped the river’s watershed for the last 14 years. …
“If a shortage is declared by the Secretary of the Interior, Arizona would bear by far the biggest impact, according to an agreement in 2007 that established shortage sharing guidelines. Under the guidelines, Arizona, which is allocated 2.8 million acre-feet of Colorado River water a year, would receive 320,000 acre-feet less water.
“Frustrations bubbled over during a town hall meeting in a foothills Yuba County subdivision on Monday as residents criticized county officials for their handling of a recent water emergency.
“However, county supervisors on Tuesday praised county staff for their rapid response, noting workers were on the scene shortly after the issue was discovered and spent the weekend working on the problem.”
“Cambria’s 6,200 residents are at risk of running out of water before there’s sufficient rainfall to refill area creeks and aquifers, services district directors were told at a special meeting Monday. …
“The board set a special public hearing for Sept. 20 to discuss and take action on possible fixes.”
“With nearly two months before the rainy season begins, Loch Lomond Reservoir has hit its lowest level in 16 years as the city wrestles with consecutive dry winters and mandates to surrender river and stream flow for fish habitat.”