Gov. Brown puts a price tag on protecting major water supply
Friday, 25 January 2013
By: Julie Small
In his State of the State address Thursday, Gov. Jerry Brown reiterated his pitch to protect California’s water supply. But in a speech lawmakers repeatedly interrupted with applause, Brown’s plea to spend billions on water elicited silence. He was speaking to a joint session of the legislature, but his message is really for consumers — and the agencies that supply water to them.
“My proposed plan is two tunnels, 30 miles long and 40 feet wide, designed to improve the ecology of the Delta, with almost 100 square miles of habitat restoration," Brown said. "Yes, that’s big, but so is the problem.”
AP IMPACT: Deficient levees found across America
Tuesday, 22 January 2013
By JOHN FLESHER and CAIN BURDEAU
NEW ORLEANS -- Inspectors taking the first-ever inventory of flood control systems overseen by the federal government have found hundreds of structures at risk of failing and endangering people and property in 37 states.
Levees deemed in unacceptable condition span the breadth of America. They are in every region, in cities and towns big and small: Washington, D.C., and Sacramento Calif., Cleveland and Dallas, Augusta, Ga., and Brookport, Ill.
The dog that didn’t bark: Unexpectedly small effects of export changes on Delta farms
Wednesday, 14 November 2012
By Josué Medellín-Azuara and Richard Howitt, UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences
California water analysts – us included – have long assumed that building a peripheral canal to carry exported water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta would significantly harm local farming. Diverting so much fresh Sacramento River water would make the Delta too salty for irrigating high-value crops, we thought.
Fixing state's water delivery issues could add jobs
Thursday, 03 November 2011
By Mark Grossi
A UC Berkeley economist says one of the rewards for repairing California's broken water-delivery system could be 130,000 jobs.
Thousands would be needed to build tunnels for diverting water from the Sacramento River around the troubled Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, researcher David Sunding said. Thousands more jobs would be spinoffs as a result of the economic growth.
The man with his hand on California's spigot
Friday, 07 October 2011
Los Angeles Times
By Bettina Boxall
U.S. District Court Judge Oliver W. Wanger's decisions determined how much water gets pumped south to fields and cities and how much stays behind to sustain fish species. At 70, he leaves the bench to return to private practice.
Judge throws out parts of salmon, steelhead plan
Tuesday, 20 September 2011
By Gosia Wozniacka
FRESNO, Calif. — A federal judge on Tuesday threw out parts of a management plan to protect endangered salmon, steelhead and other species from large water pumps in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta that move water to farms and cities.
State, feds to move aggressively on Delta plan
Friday, 12 August 2011
By Alex Breitler
SACRAMENTO - State and federal officials announced Thursday an "aggressive" schedule to complete the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, which would convert tens of thousands of acres of farmland to wetland, and could include the construction of a peripheral canal or tunnel.
California’s next nightmare
Friday, 01 July 2011
New York Times
By Alex Prud’Homme
People tend to underestimate the power of floods: six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down; two feet of water can float most cars away. Floods kill an average of 127 Americans a year — more than tornadoes or hurricanes — and cause more than $2 billion of property damage annually, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.