AquaAlliance denied injunction for wa...

AquaAlliance denied injunction for water transfers, presses on

There are 31 comments on the Chico Enterprise-Record story from Jul 13, 2014, titled AquaAlliance denied injunction for water transfers, presses on. In it, Chico Enterprise-Record reports that:

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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HaagenHut Now

Paradise, CA

#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.

Chico, CA

#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.

Paradise, CA

#23 Jul 30, 2014
Jack Doff wrote:
I see the water situation as a public trust issue. LA has a large population and a real need for water. We have a smaller population and enough water to share. I don't think that water should be sold but rather shared. Between the environment and the people we need to find a way to make it work. Maybe less farming would good for the state and free up water for more important things.
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.

Paradise, CA

#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)

Paradise, CA

#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.

Paradise, CA

#26 Aug 24, 2014
Sam wrote:
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The United Western Investigation of 1951, a study by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, assessed the feasibility of interbasin water transfers in the Western United States. In California, this plan contemplated the construction of dams on rivers draining to California's North Coast – the wild and undammed Klamath, Eel, Mad and Smith River systems – and tunnels to carry the impounded water to the Sacramento River system, where it could be diverted southwards
In the same year, State Engineer A.D. Edmonston proposed the Feather River Project, which proposed the damming of the Feather River, a tributary of the Sacramento River, for the same purpose.
The diversion of the North Coast rivers was abandoned in the plan's early stages after strong opposition from locals and concerns about the potential impact on the salmon in North Coast rivers. The California Water Plan would have to go ahead with the development of the Feather River alone, as proposed by Edmonston.
California governor Pat Brown would later say it was to "correct an accident of people and geography"
In 1963, the upper Trinity River—the largest single tributary to the Klamath—was 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.

Paradise, CA

#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.”

Paradise, CA

#28 Aug 30, 2014
HaagenHut Now wrote:
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No. The answer lies in building more storage. The sites reservoir is a pumped storage facility concept that would not block a natural stream but would allow us to capture and store water from heavy winter runoff, potentially even reducing the flooding in some areas along the Sacramento River. Also, raising the Shasta dam by another 10 feet would create a tremendous amount more water due to the large surface area of that lake.
We have needed more storage for years but thank you to extreme environmental interests, that need has not been acted upon. There is an old saying "the best time to build a dam is 20 years ago, the next best is today."
Too many people making demands upon a limited resource is the problem.
The right is wrong

Lincoln, CA

#29 Sep 1, 2014
HaagenHut Now wrote:
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.
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.
Orcinus Orca

Paradise, CA

#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.
“ Today’s federal court of appeals ruling upholds protections for salmon, steelhead trout, killer whales and other wildlife that rely on natural river flows in California’s Central Valley and a functioning delta to survive,” said John Mc-Manus, executive director for the fishing industry’s Golden Gate Salmon Association.
Orcinus Orca

Paradise, CA

#31 Jan 13, 2015
Krankenstein wrote:
The fish huggers lose again! Let the water and THE MONEY flow!!! Its only a matter of time before LA comes up here and buys all the water from our broke and broken down local governments who will then be able to spend more on the BUMS like giving them free food, alcohol and a bedroll for under a bridge!
I say "F"orget the fish, help the BUMS!
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 nation’s 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 what’s causing a water shortage, not the smelt.”

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