Proponents tout state overhaul to water management agencies

With the state Legislature’s passage of a landmark water bill last year, proponents are now focusing on how to encourage voters to approve an $11.1 billion water bond in November that would pay for many of the bill’s provisions.

At the Association of Water Agencies of Ventura County’s annual symposium Thursday, titled “A Historic Fix or a Bag of Tricks?” a mix of speakers presented arguments on how the bond measure could affect the state….

More in The Ventura County Star.

Column: Water bond needed to save delta

Column by Graham Chisolm, the executive director of Audubon California and Mike Sweeney, rhe executive director of the Nature Conservancy in California:

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Salmon fishing will return to West Coast

Fishery council votes for an abbreviated season for the Sacramento Delta chinook.

The West Coast will have a salmon fishing season for the first time in two years, but it will be a far cry from the days when abundant chinook catches drove a multimillion-dollar industry in the region.

More from the L.A. Times….

West-side Fresno water allocation up to 30%

Battle growing over water regulations

A local water-quality board is looking to clean up the Central Coast’s drinking water and save aquatic species, but the agricultural industry is claiming that the proposed regulations would be impossible to follow…. (LompocRecord)

Water leaders explore November water bond

Riverside Press-Enterprise, April 15, 2010:

Water leaders on Wednesday countered opposition to a $1.1 billion November bond measure, emphasizing that the money would not be used to build a peripheral canal around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.