From the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA):
“The California State Board of Food and Agriculture and the California Water Commission will hold a joint meeting concerning the state’s water supply on September 10th in Sacramento. The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, 1220 ‘N’ Street – Main Auditorium, Sacramento, CA 95814.
“’California’s current water situation spells uncertainty for agricultural interests throughout this state,’ said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross.
From the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), dated August 28:
“Water — There is no change or impact to the delivery of high quality water from Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. As a precautionary measure, and consistent with normal system operations, we have increased the amount of water delivery from Hetch Hetchy to our local reservoirs in the Alameda and Peninsula areas. We continue to meet all our customer needs for water. Turbidity levels remain at 0.2 NTU, unchanged since before the fire began.
“Power — All of San Francisco’s municipal electric customers continue to b
“The giant wildfire burning in and around Yosemite National Park struck the shores of the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir Tuesday, threatening the famously pure mountain water that feeds the taps of 2.6 million Bay Area residents.
“San Francisco water managers, who operate the reservoir, reported that water quality had not been compromised.
From the California Farm Bureau Federation’s Ag Alert newspaper:
“Farmers say this year’s agricultural water supply has been squeezed dry—wells are going empty, major reservoirs are at a fraction of historic storage levels for this time of year and the U.S. Drought Monitor shows California is in a severe to extreme drought.
“No California growing region has been spared the drought’s effects.”
“As the record-breaking Rim Fire continues to consume power lines and structures in its path, the bigger story is its effect on water and power for San Francisco, the East Bay and hundreds of square miles of California farmland.
“With an enormous wildfire in the Sierra Nevada posing a potential threat to San Francisco’s water supply, city officials were busy planning Monday how to divert water from other sources in case their main reservoir — the Hetch Hetchy, which sits 170 miles east of the city and serves about 2.6 million people — were to grow clouded with falling ash.”
“Customers of San Juan Water District in are being asked to reduce their water use 5 to 10 percent due to concerns that Folsom Lake may not be able to serve normal demand. … The district serves Granite Bay and portions of Roseville, Folsom and Orangevale.”
“North Bay residents appear to be holding the line on water use this summer, narrowly conserving enough to forestall the kind of water emergency that could provoke state intervention and trigger the need to cut consumption even more.
“But the summer isn’t over, and an unusually dry spring has put storage in Lakes Sonoma and Mendocino at their lowest levels in at least five years, according to the Sonoma County Water Agency.”
“For the past decade, Windsor has been on record against a proposed Lytton Rancheria housing development on its border, but more recently town officials have quietly cooperated with the tribe to look at potentially providing the project with sewer and water.
“Windsor last year conducted a study at tribal expense to determine if the town has the capacity to serve up to 600 residents on the property, concluding it was feasible if the Lytton Pomos pay more than $5.8 million for hook-up fees and infrastructure improvements.”
From the Northern California Water Association (NCWA) Blog:
“Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson recently provided a fresh and compelling viewpoint in The Sacramento Bee that the ‘State needs more water, not just improved sharing.’ The Northern California Water Association (NCWA) and our partners in the North State Water Alliance are committed to statewide water solutions that advance the economy, environment, and quality of life in Northern California. We have been a strong proponent that California needs a more comprehensive water plan than just a narrow Delta solution.
“The Imperial Irrigation District’s recently adopted water apportionment plan is being challenged in court. …
“The Imperial Irrigation District adopted its Equitable Distribution Plan to help it repay the more than 200,000 acre-feet of Colorado River water it ordered above its allocation over a two-year period.
“The way to replenish the Paso Robles groundwater basin is not to impose restrictions on the agricultural community, but to push for a California Water District that would have the power to establish short-term and long-term solutions to stabilize the aquifer.
“That’s the message from the Paso Robles Agricultural Alliance for Groundwater Solutions, a group of vineyard owners and other agriculturalists who want to establish a special district that could obtain loans to help people dig deeper wells, as well as fund projects to get supplemental wa
“From the bathtub rings around our reservoirs, to the salty Delta lapping up against our levees, there is ample evidence that in the span of just two years California’s water supply has shifted from wealth to want.
“The state has not formally declared a drought, but water managers are using words like ‘dire’ to describe the situation – particularly if next winter disappoints.”