“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.”
“California water agencies have filed arguments in a federal appeals court challenging a lower court judge’s decision that upheld the expansion of the Santa Ana Sucker fish’s critical habitat, much of which is in the Inland Empire.”
“The Stanislaus Local Agency Formation Commission will consider a proposal to annex 7,296 acres of new and planned almond and walnut orchards to the Oakdale Irrigation District, which would supply them with water.”
“California has just experienced one of the driest springs in nearly a century and water storage levels are dropping as the hot summer plods on.” David Guy, president of the Northern California Water Association, and Capital Public Radio’s Sacramento Region Reporter Bob Moffitt were interviewed about water issues.
“The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the Mammoth Lakes Community Water District announced Thursday that they have reached a compromise settlement over use of the High Sierra ski town’s water supply, ending a dispute whose roots reach back a century.”
“California heat and drought are becoming the story of summer 2013 as reservoirs drop and wildfires burn — not exactly unexpected here, but it always gets headlines. …
“The push continues to take away drinking water responsibilities from the California Department of Public Health, which has been under a spotlight from the Legislature and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.”
In his article originally published in PublicCEO.com on July 9, 2013, BB&K Attorney Joseph Byrne, chair of the California Water Commission, “examined why increased efficiency is key to operating the massive water system.” Here is an excerpt:
“Water in California sparks news headlines on nearly a daily basis.
From the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Staff Blog:
“NRDC recently published a paper highlighting the water supply strategies of five Southern California agencies that plan to significantly reduce their reliance on water imported from the overstressed Bay-Delta and Colorado River systems.
“The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board heard an update June 27 on the city’s Water Purification Demonstration Project, which has proved that purified water can be produced and safely added to the San Vicente Reservoir.
“San Diego City Council commissioned the purification project to study the feasibility of turning recycled water into purified water for drinking as concerns rise about the future challenges of the city’s limited water supplies.”
“In a presentation before the St. George City Council on Thursday, Ron Thompson, general manager of the Washington County Water Conservancy District, outlined some of the challenges for the region as growth continues and water sources become more scarce.
The WRA [Western Resource Advocates] report used the latest estimates from the [Utah] governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, which lowered Washington County’s 2060 population from 860,000 to 498,000. However, our county water district, Washington County Water Conservancy District, ignores both the governor’s new estimates and the WRA report.
“Cambria services district directors want to start handing out intent-to- serve letters for new water connections, ‘on an interim basis’ until a supplemental water source is found, they reiterated during an evening ’study session’ meeting with the public Friday, June 21.”