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Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta at historic lows

Posted: Sat Jul 24, 2021 8:27 pm
by WB Staff
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From Restore the Delta
Late Friday 7/23
With water levels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta at historic lows due to the extreme effects of climate change, the State Water Resources Control Board today released a draft curtailment and reporting regulation and scheduled a public workshop on potential measures to preserve stored water for threatened drinking water supplies, prevent salinity intrusion and minimize impacts to fisheries and the environment....

From the State Water Board:

With water levels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta at historic lows due to the extreme effects of climate change, the State Water Resources Control Board today released a draft curtailment and reporting regulation and scheduled a public workshop on potential measures to preserve stored water for threatened drinking water supplies, prevent salinity intrusion and minimize impacts to fisheries and the environment.

The draft drought emergency regulation (below) prohibits diversions when water supplies are not available under a water user’s priority of right, and allows the State Water Board to require additional information related to their diversions and use. Currently, water is unavailable for approximately 5,700 right holders and claimants. As supplies and demands evolve, diversion requirements would change accordingly.

During the July 27 workshop, staff will present the proposed regulation and recent updates to the Water Unavailability Methodology for the Delta Watershed.

Members of the public can provide feedback on the draft regulation until noon July 29 in the following ways:

Provide input during the July 27 workshop.
Email comments to: commentletters@waterboards.ca.gov, with a courtesy copy to Bay-Delta@waterboards.ca.gov., by noon July 29.
Mail comments to: Jeanine Townsend, Clerk to the Board, State Water Board, P.O. Box 100, Sacramento, CA 95812-2000. Written comments must be received by noon July 29.
The board will consider adopting the regulation at its August 3 meeting.

Background:

California and the entire Western United States are facing a significant drought in the wake of one the driest periods on record. On May 10, Governor Gavin Newsom expanded a drought proclamation that covers the entire Delta watershed and authorizes the board to implement emergency measures to curtail diversions when water is unavailable under a right holders’ priority of right and to protect releases of stored water. The proclamation was further expanded July 8 to include 50 of the state’s 58 counties and to call on all Californians to voluntarily reduce water use by 15 percent to protect water reserves if drought conditions continue and help maintain critical flows for fish and wildlife.

On June 15, the State Water Board sent letters to approximately 4,300 right holders in the Delta, urging them to stop diverting amid worsening hydrologic conditions, and notified another 2,300 claimants with more senior rights that continued drought could impact their future ability to divert.

With the drought intensifying and likely to continue into next year, staff drafted the emergency regulation to urgently address acute shortages in the watershed, protect storage levels in reservoirs and fairly administer California’s water rights system.

READ IT ALL: https://mavensnotebook.com/2021/07/23/t ... regulation

Re: Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta at historic lows

Posted: Sun Jul 25, 2021 11:08 am
by gabuelhaj
This is not from "climate change", this is from broken policies and broken politics. The pandemic this last 1 1/2 years kept everyone at home and hardly an fossil fuels were used to contribute any significance to this so-called climate change. :roll:

It's mind boggling how this stuff gets published... :? Just another self-inflicted crisis for the clowns to spin their wheels on....

The Sacramento Gov't climate needs a change, badly!

Good luck!

Re: Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta at historic lows

Posted: Sun Jul 25, 2021 3:21 pm
by M Pollard
Its funny how I drive down highway 12 everyday and the farmers are always watering...I see our irrigation
canals in the central valley full. Aqueduct and Mendota full. Our lakes are not being drained by drought,
its being released and wasted...If we had a climate crisis how come other states are having to much
water? Crock of crap....its not a climate crisis, its a state crisis

Re: Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta at historic lows

Posted: Sun Jul 25, 2021 8:42 pm
by Jboutfishn
"its not a climate crisis, its a state crisis"
More like politicians failing to do their job. But then what''s new.

Re: Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta at historic lows

Posted: Mon Jul 26, 2021 9:34 am
by coyote268
Its about money guys. Who has the most to give to their political party to get the water they want. The old saying Money is the root of all evil sure applies here in CA.

Re: Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta at historic lows

Posted: Mon Jul 26, 2021 9:38 am
by monte300
coyote268 wrote:Its about money guys. Who has the most to give to their political party to get the water they want. The old saying Money is the root of all evil sure applies here in CA.

It's the love of money that's the root of all evil, not money itself. Not trying to be nit pick

Re: Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta at historic lows

Posted: Mon Jul 26, 2021 7:16 pm
by sdavis24
God forbid we build new reservoirs so we're less reliant on annual snowfall totals...

Re: Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta at historic lows

Posted: Mon Jul 26, 2021 8:12 pm
by DanC
Looks like low tide... :roll:

Re: Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta at historic lows

Posted: Tue Jul 27, 2021 10:51 am
by jiggin4bass
It's nothing personal its just business

Re: Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta at historic lows

Posted: Tue Jul 27, 2021 5:27 pm
by MichaelB
Nice comment

Re: Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta at historic lows

Posted: Fri Jul 30, 2021 11:29 am
by PeteD
That's funny I just read an article about Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) secured $20,000,000.00 for 10 Local projects in California.
Port of Stockton ( San Joaquin River ) dredging is half that sum of $9,675,000.00 for safe movement of deep draft commercial vessels calling at the Port of Stockton to keep the depth at 35'.

Re: Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta at historic lows

Posted: Mon Aug 02, 2021 7:53 am
by ash
Im Sure Longshorman and the Port have a lot of influence in goods coming through the port, not necessarily water quality. The good news is there is no hydrilla....