If none of this were true this would sure make a great piece of fiction – except that it is true. It’s not fiction. A recent Modesto Bee editorial illustrates a level of absurdity among California’s agencies that may actually be malfeasance. The photo says it all, though I encourage you to read the entire editorial, particularly if following California’s water woes hasn’t been your thing. I understand if it hasn’t – the politics of it all is enough to cause brain hemorrhaging. Reading this was educational.
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The Delta region is home to Congressman John Garamendi, D-Solano, and that’s why he is willing to stand firmly against California Governor Jerry Brown on his continuing dream of creating Twin Tunnels. Garamendi, a native of Walnut Grove, and the long-time owner of a pear orchard knows what a healthy Delta means to the community, the farmers in the region, the fisheries and to the community at large. Building a tunnel system to export 15,000 cubic feet per second of water southward could effectively drain the Delta six months out of the year and cause irreparable harm, Garamendi said.
As a multiyear drought grinds on in the Southwestern United States, many wonder about the impact of global climate change on more frequent and longer dry spells. As humans emit more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, how will water supply for people, farms, and forests be affected? A new study from the University of California, Irvine and the University of Washington shows that water conserved by plants under high CO2 conditions compensates for much of the effect of warmer temperatures, retaining more water on land than predicted in commonly used drought assessments.
As gestures go, declaring striped bass a “native species” of California was a real laughter. Fearing someone might develop a case of sanity around a fish that thrives by eating actual native species like salmon, smelt and trout, the outgoing president of California’s Fish & Game Commission acted unilaterally on the stiped bass’s behalf. He made them all freshwater citizens of California. By declaring striped bass a “native species,” Jim Kellogg was trying to give his beloved bass the same standing as the true natives that bass eat.
The Latest on legislation approved by the governor (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Water districts would have to create policies to punish residents who use too much water during droughts under a bill signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. Brown signed the bill requiring all districts to have policies for identifying and targeting heavy users during drought emergencies. That can include fines or a rate system that charges more for using large amounts of water. Democratic Sen. Jerry Hill of San Mateo says SB814 came after news reports that some residents used millions of
A drone whirred to life in a cloud of dust, then shot hundreds of feet skyward for a bird’s-eye view of a vast tomato field in California’s Central Valley, the nation’s most productive farming region. Equipped with a state-of-the-art thermal camera, the drone crisscrossed the field, scanning it for cool, soggy patches where a gopher may have chewed through the buried drip irrigation line and caused a leak. In the drought-prone West, where every drop of water counts, California farmers are in a constant search for ways to efficiently use the increasingly scarce resource.
After three years of construction, the San Diego County Water Authority and Poseidon Water dedicated the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant on December 14, 2015.
Southampton farmer Tom Bashista doesn’t bother with insuring his crops. What’s the use, he says, of spending all your earnings from a good year on insurance, waiting for a bad year to come along? He’s standing next to an apple tree in the orchard that has borne the Bashista name since 1926. The sun is strong, the air is hot and thick with humidity like it has been all summer. In the shop, there’s an apple cake in the oven. The smell is infectious and sugary sweet.
The San Vicente Reservoir in Lakeside will reopen for fishing and recreation Sept. 22 after a little more than eight years of being closed. The reservoir, owned by the city of San Diego, shut down to visitors Sept. 2, 2008, so the county Water Authority could raise the height of the reservoir’s concrete dam to increase its water storage. The dam is now at 337 feet. The Water Authority also constructed a new marina. San Vicente Dam, built between 1941 and 1943, originally stood at 220 feet and could store up to 90,000 acre-feet of water.