November 2016

To Save S.F. Bay and Its Dying Delta, State Aims to Replumb California

The report's findings were unequivocal: Given the current pace of water diversions, the San Francisco Bay and the Delta network of rivers and marshes are ecological goners, with many of its native fish species now experiencing a "sixth extinction," environmental science's most-dire definition of ecosystem collapse.

KQED, November 30, 2016

Drought on Colorado River Sparks Revolutionary Idea: Sharing Water

Downstream, the imbalance between supply and demand is already a reality. With an historic water shortage on the horizon, California, Arizona and Nevada are working on a voluntary agreement to cut back water use.

KQED, November 16, 2016

Is Sites Reservoir a savior for the Sacramento Valley -- or a Delta tunnels project in disguise?

"Sites Reservoir ... is definitely tied to using and operating the Delta tunnels," said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta, probably the fiercest opponent of Brown's Delta tunnels project. "It will become about selling water."

Sacramento Bee, November 12, 2016

October 2016

A Delta Tunnels Alternative: Embracing Flooding for Our Water Supply

Let winter floods retake vast parts of the San Joaquin Valley -- the very farmland that needs those Delta water diversions. The floods would recharge depleted groundwater that could then be used to irrigate the farms, preventing the need for Delta water exports.

KQED, October 24, 2016

Removal of Klamath Dams Would Be Largest River Restoration in U.S. History

Four hydroelectric dams may soon be demolished along the Klamath, near the California-Oregon border. Hundreds of miles of the Klamath would run free to the Pacific Ocean -- opening up the largest river restoration in U.S. history.

KQED, October 24, 2016

Major California river adding key ingredient: water

A decade ago, environmentalists and the federal government agreed to revive a 150-mile stretch of California's second-longest river, an ambitious effort aimed at allowing salmon again to swim up to the Sierra Nevada foothills to spawn. A major milestone is expected by the end of the month, when the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says the stretch of the San Joaquin River will be flowing year-round for the first time in more than 60 years.

Associated Press, October 22, 2016

September 2016

Stop the Groundwater Grab

This summer, as temperatures soared and depleted groundwater turned the San Joaquin Valley into a collection of sinkholes, state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, put forth legislation to fast-track conservation of underground water supplies.

Sacramento Bee, September 29, 2016

$16 Billion Delta Tunnels May Hit Taxpayers

A plan to build two huge tunnels to shunt fresh water around the Sacramento Delta is supposed to be funded entirely by the people who receive the water. But taxpayers may end up paying a substantial amount of the tab.

KCET, September 29, 2016

Will the Klamath River Be Renewed? Owner Applies to Remove 4 of 5 Dams

The owner of four dams on the Klamath River and the nonprofit corporation created to take responsibility for their destruction recently filed long-awaited applications with federal regulators to remove the dams."This is a major milestone," said Mike Carrier, chair of the nonprofit Klamath River Renewal Corp. (KRRC), an entity created to oversee the massive dam removal process.

KQED, September 27, 2016

California farmers drilling wells as groundwater limits loom

Farmers in central California are drilling more and deeper wells than ever before to pump water for their fruit orchards and sprawling fields following government imposed limits on surface water.

Sacramento Bee, September 25, 2016

California water tunnels would need US funding, analyst says

Giant tunnels that Gov. Jerry Brown wants to build to haul water across California are economically feasible only if the federal government bears a third of the nearly $16 billion cost because local water districts may not benefit as expected, according to an analysis that the state commissioned last year but never released.

Associated Press, September 14, 2016

SJ River revival inches along

An ambitious plan to restore long-dead stretches of the San Joaquin River has proven to be just that: ambitious.Ten years to the day after a legal settlement resolved one of California's most enduring water disputes, none of the larger channel construction projects have been completed, the cost has risen to $1.5 billion, and the work will take decades longer than first expected.

Stockton Record, September 12, 2016

Facing the Realities of Limited Water Supplies

In the coming days and weeks, some of the implications of climate change and the need to improve California's aging water delivery system will become more evident to all parts of the state, none too soon.

Sacramento Bee September 10, 2016

Delta Tunnels Proposal a Muddled Gamble

The proposal to build two 35-mile-long tunnels to transport water below the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is reaching a critical decision point.

Sacramento Bee, September 9, 2016

Californians still saving water in drought, but not as much

Californians are still saving water despite the recent lifting of mandatory statewide conservation, but not as much as they were last year at the peak of the drought, water officials said Wednesday.

Fresno Bee, September 7, 2016