Posted on | July 5, 2009 | No Comments
- “…people are looking for responsible luxury.” From a July 4 Los Angeles Times roundup of fashionable private swimming pools
- “Many of us think the situation is even more dire.” Jet Propulsion Laboratory climatologist William Patzert on the White House Climate Change report
- “Several secret bills are set to emerge this week to cover some contentious water issues, including governance of the bay-delta region, water conservation, new dams and an updated proposal for a peripheral canal, which was overwhelmingly rejected by California voters in 1982.” San Francisco Chronicle
- “The public will have less than a week to find out what bills will be in the package, what they will do, and who will pay for it.” Dan Bacher of Fishsniffer via Aquafornia
- “Don’t run out and buy an umbrella just yet.” Riverside Press-Enterprise on rumors of an El Nino
- Three oft-repeated falsehoods: 1. Farmers on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley are receiving ‘just 10 percent of their allocation this year.’ 2. Water shortages are causing massive new farm unemployment. 3. Farmers are bearing disproportional impacts of water shortfalls because of court rulings in favor of fish. Peter Gleick, President of the Pacific Institute
- “Tucson Water’s longtime duck mascot Pete the Beak takes his younger friends on a coloring and activity adventure as they learn more about Tucson’s water and conservation … Because of budget cuts, the book is only available online.”
- “Kansas has been very diligent pursuing this matter for a couple of decades, so I think you can expect us to continue.” David Barfield, Kansas’ chief water official on receiving a $10,000 award rather than the $72 million initially sought in a suit against Nebraska.
- “It is the end of the beginning.” Central Utah Water Conservancy District’s government affairs director Christine Finlinson on the plan to rehabilitate Lake Utah
- “Despite all of the rhetoric, news stories, name-calling, yelling, and screaming, Californians have very little clue about what a real water crisis looks like.” Peter Gleick, President of the Pacific Institute. (Clue: photo, right.)
- “Fearing the main canal carrying drinking water to millions of Southern Californians is sinking again, water officials are monitoring the effects of incessant agricultural pumping from the aquifer that runs under the aqueduct. Their concern is that the canal, which has sunk six feet in places during California dry spells, will buckle enough to slow delivery of water to parched points south…”
- “The lesson from this,” Professor Parenteau said, “is to do everything you can to keep environmental cases out of this court.” From a New York Times review of the environmental record of the last term of the U.S. Supreme Court
- The Bay Delta Conservation Plan “appears to be the most complex of its kind ever undertaken …By 2006, a deal was struck to try to strike a habitat conservation plan deal … Water users, regulators and environmentalists were scheduled to have the outline of an all-important key ‘conservation strategy’ by the beginning of this year. Then it was supposed to be done this week. It is now is supposed to be done by the end of July.” Contra Costa Times writer Mike Taugher explaining how the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan would work, if it can work
- “If evidence exists of corruption at Imperial Irrigation District, it has not been shared with the district.” IID response to a critical grand jury report
- “I think this year we will not be able to achieve our mission.” Maureen Stapleton, general manager of the San Diego County Water Authority
- “It would be a relatively simple matter to direct Walker River water to the existing aqueduct system serving the greater Los Angeles area, which could be traded for better right on the Colorado River for Las Vegas.” Nevada Department of Agriculture Director Tony Lesperance
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*This post was updated on July 6 to include the Los Angeles Times pool article and William Patzert’s remark about climate change.