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City needs outside help for Delta pumping plant

The city of Stockton has agreed to pay an employee of the California Water Service Co. to run the city’s $220 million Delta drinking water plant. The previous operator recently resigned, according to a staff report. The Cal Water employee is a temporary replacement until the city can find its own operator. An operator is [...]

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No extension on tunnels comments

State officials have rejected a request from Northern California members of Congress to extend the comment period for the California Water Fix, commonly known as the governor’s twin tunnels project. In a letter to those members of Congress, John Laird, the state’s secretary for natural resources, said that a previous draft of the plan was [...]

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Twin tunnels poll: ‘Solid majority’ support

A group that supports Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels has released a new poll which it says indicates the project has “solid majority” support  in California. In the poll, commissioned by Californians for Water Security, 1,500 voters were asked a series of questions about the drought and the proposed tunnels. Few were familiar with the [...]

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Doug Wilhoit, quote machine

Doug Wilhoit, head of the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce, wasn’t expecting to take the mic at Monday’s rally against the twin tunnels. But when he did, he had a zinger ready to go. “I hope I don’t insult anybody,” said Wilhoit, who served on San Joaquin County’s Board of Supervisors when Gov. Jerry Brown [...]

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In case you didn’t know why the lawn is brown…

They say that during a drought, a brown lawn is a “badge of honor.” And yet, across Stockton, I’m seeing people and organizations erecting signs to explain why their lawns are brown. Apparently those badges of honor are not self-explanatory. Maybe I’m overestimating the public’s understanding of the drought (though polls show it is now [...]

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Judge rules against Delta water districts

Quick update on this summer’s endless water litigation. Less than two hours ago, a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge ruled against two water districts that were hoping to block the state from taking enforcement action against them. The water districts — the Byron-Bethany Irrigation District and the West Side Irrigation District — had asked [...]

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It’s settled.

As reported today, the city of Stockton has settled a lawsuit brought by Kern County landowners over polluted stormwater releases into the Delta. For those interested, here are the terms of the settlement. The city has estimated it could cost about $360,000 to implement. Each side is paying for its own attorney fees.

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Scientists renew criticism of tunnels documents

Update: The Department of Water Resources has issued a statement in response to the Independent Science Board’s comments. Remember that pesky math teacher who kept insisting that you “show your work?” That’s essentially what the Delta Independent Science Board is telling proponents of Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels plan, in the scientists’ latest strong criticism of [...]

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Water districts ask judge to block state

Two water districts facing drought-related enforcement by state regulators are asking a judge to intervene. Read the legal documents filed by the Byron-Bethany Irrigation District and the West Side Irrigation District. The districts want the Santa Clara Superior Court judge to prevent the state from moving forward with its enforcement process. They want the judge to address [...]

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Thirsty son of a…

An anonymous caller the other day claimed that star thistle — scourge of scourges, among the worst of weeds — sucks up 1 million acre-feet of water a year statewide, an amount nearly one-quarter the capacity of Lake Shasta. That couldn’t be right. Could it? I asked Joseph DiTomaso, a U.C. Davis weed scientist. He [...]

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