Voices on Water

Flow Proposal Points to Need for Comprehensive Approach

Since 2009, the hallmark of California water policy has been a commitment to the coequal goals of improving both water supply reliability and ecosystem health. While this commitment remains as vital today as it was in 2009, recent actions suggest we’re due for a refresher course on what it really means.

ACWA Region 1 Hosts Russian River Water Supply System Tour

By ACWA Region 1 Chair Dennis Mayo

ACWA Region 1 hosted a Russian River Water System Supply Tour on August 5. The tour, which included visits at Lake Mendocino and the Lake Sonoma area, attracted a group of nearly 50 participants.

Historically Low San Luis Reservoir Highlights Broken Water System

If you need a sign that the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is broken, look no further than San Luis Reservoir. Despite near-average precipitation this year and healthy storage in other north state reservoirs, San Luis is so precipitously low that deliveries were nearly shutoff in early August.

Meanwhile Shasta Lake, the state’s largest reservoir, sits at 109% of its historic average for the date.

What’s wrong with this picture? In a nutshell, we have a water system that is broken from a physical and policy standpoint.

“Stress Test” Results Are a Good News Story

On Tuesday, the State Water Resources Control Board released the first month of conservation data under new state rules that emphasize drought preparedness and local discretion regarding conservation activities. Not surprisingly, the data demonstrates that Californians are making a habit of using water efficiently both indoors and outdoors.