The federal District Court in Fresno denied a legal effort by Chico's AquAlliance and the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance to stop water transfers this year.
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#21 Jul 20, 2014
Desalination is not a bad idea for coastal areas. It is expensive but definitely worthwhile to investigate. I don't agree about global warming. I believe that weather is cyclical and that we have simply been in a dry cycle. Increased storage is still in my opinion the most economical way of sourcing large amounts of water.
Also, RIW might look up southern California's "purple pipe program" where they are developing the infrastructure for wide scale use of reclaimed water.
#22 Jul 21, 2014
Physical water scarcity is not strictly a California issue but an ever-growing global predicament. It is exacerbated by an unchecked population explosion and AGW.
Here in California we must avail ourselves of all possible means to obtain, store and conserve water.
No idea should be considered to outlandish, we must explore all options ranging from the building of more dams to drip irrigation on our largest farms and from desalination plants to towing in large icebergs from the poles.
#23 Jul 30, 2014
Television news reports show an immense geyser of water surging from the middle of the street on Sunset Boulevard. Streets on and near the UCLA campus are flooded and fast-moving sheets of water are pouring down the entrance of one parking structure and into campus athletic fields near Pauley Pavilion.
#24 Jul 31, 2014
Officials have long known that hundreds of miles of city water lines have deteriorated and need replacement, with many past the century mark. But in recent years, L.A.'s elected leaders have been unwilling to hike water rates enough to fix them more rapidly. As it stands, the city-owned Department of Water and Power is on track to replace main water lines only once every 300 years.
Tuesday's rupture sent rivers of fresh water more than 20 million gallons coursing across the campus of UCLA, flooding underground parking garages and drenching the wooden basketball floor of storied Pauley Pavilion.
A home for developmentally disabled adults hit hard by California's drought will remain open thanks to a $500,000 donation designed to keep its water flowing.The Los Angeles Times reports the aquifer beneath the Santa Clarita-area facility is empty and its wells have run dry. LARC has resorted to trucking in water.
A federal agency says it will release extra water into Northern California's Klamath and Trinity rivers once salmon start dying from drought-related disease, but not before.
(The fish will have to die first)
#25 Aug 13, 2014
To reach Southern California, the water must be pumped 2,000 feet over the Tehachapi Mountains the highest single water lift in the world.
#26 Aug 24, 2014
In 1963, the upper Trinity Riverthe largest single tributary to the Klamathwas virtually removed from the Klamath drainage with the completion of the Lewiston and Trinity Dams, diverting 90 percent of the Trinity's flow to the Sacramento Valley.
#27 Aug 30, 2014
AB1739 author Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, DSacramento, speaking before the vote Friday, said all legislators know groundwater is being over- drafted.
The package of bills allows local agencies to assess fees for groundwater management
Newly created and existing government agencies will be granted enforcement powers to inspect, with or without landowners consent, the property or pump to ensure compliance. If the State Water Resources Control Board deems that local agencies failed to comply and/ or enforce restrictive regulations, then the state intervenes with its excessive powers to impose fees and fines.
#28 Aug 30, 2014
Too many people making demands upon a limited resource is the problem.
#29 Sep 1, 2014
I'm well aware of the "purple pipe program". If fully implemented as envisioned it'll equal a "drop in the bucket" compared to overall use. Until 100% of the waste water is re -used there will be an overall shortage of water throughout Caulifornia.
Most of the treated sewage water produced in the Sacramento Valley is re-used by people downstream. Be it by local municipalities, farmers or shipped to the end user, L.A.
#30 Dec 23, 2014
Court upholds ruling for delta salmon. A federal appeals court on Monday upheld a 2009 federal decision that called for reducing the amount of water pumped from the Sacramento- San Joaquin Delta in order to protect salmon and other species.
Todays federal court of appeals ruling upholds protections for salmon, steelhead trout, killer whales and other wildlife that rely on natural river flows in Californias Central Valley and a functioning delta to survive, said John Mc-Manus, executive director for the fishing industrys Golden Gate Salmon Association.
#31 Jan 13, 2015
California farmers struggling with drought say a U. S. Supreme Court decision issued Monday that keeps strict water restrictions in place to protect a tiny, threatened fish has forced them to leave thousands of acres unplanted in the nations most fertile agricultural region.
Under the government plans, more water flowing down the Sierra Nevada mountains that melted from the winter snowpack is sent through the delta and into the ocean to protect the smelt.
Earthjustice attorney Trent Orr said that the court upholding water restrictions is a victory for the Endangered Species Act. Attempts by the agricultural industry to erode environmental protections fell short, said Orr, who also refutes arguments that the smelt is to blame.
C ont r a r y t o t hei r claims, there have been no reductions in water allotment for protection of this species, Orr said. The drought is whats causing a water shortage, not the smelt.
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