Water Report 2009 Regional Reports now available

The Department of Water Resources has begun posting regional reports and reference articles to go with the California Water Plan Update 2009 released in April.

Four of 12 regional reports that constitute Volume 3 of the plan are now available here. The four include reports for the North Coast, San Joaquin River, Central Coast and Sacramento River. Each describes watersheds and water conditions, population and land use, and activities influencing a region’s water use and supply reliability.

Each report also includes a water balance summary for years 1998 through 2005 and scenarios showing projected water needs through 2050.

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Water companies support proposed water infrastructure bill

The Washington-based National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) is supporting passage of Senate Bill 3262, the Sustainable Water Infrastructure Investment Act of 2010 (SWIIA), which was introduced in late April. The bill would remove state volume caps on private activity bonds (PABs) for water and wastewater projects, according to NAWC.

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Water-Related Conflicts Set to Escalate

ScienceDaily (Apr. 30, 2010) — Population growth, urbanisation, increasing pollution, soil erosion and climate variations are all reflected in the management and adequacy of the world’s waters. The situation is particularly difficult in many developing countries, where there are growing concerns over escalating water crises and even outright water conflicts between countries and regions.

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Market Drinks Up Water Bond

A $2 billion bond sale by California’s Department of Water Resources saw strong demand from individual investors looking for additional yield in a market starved for new deals.

By late afternoon, almost half the issue—$966 million—had been sold to retail investors. Backed by rates revenue and with solid credit ratings, the bonds are seen as safer than the state’s general-obligation bonds.

“They’re apples and oranges,” said Miller Tabak Asset Management CEO Michael Pietronico.

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Firm hired to write plan for Delta

SACRAMENTO – Construction consulting firm CH2M Hill has been awarded a $9.5 million contract to write a comprehensive Delta plan that may include a peripheral canal or tunnel.

The new Delta Stewardship Council announced just before 5 p.m. Friday that CH2M Hill, based in Englewood, Colo., beat out three other firms for the contract, which runs through 2012.

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60 Minutes: The deadly passage of the All-American Canal

The most dangerous body of water in the U.S. is a deep canal on the Mexican border with California where over 550 people, mostly illegal immigrants, have drowned. Scott Pelley reports for CBS:

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Commentary: Opening coastal property would increase quality of life

The San Diego region, along with every community up and down the state that is currently home to an old water-cooled power plant, has a rare opportunity to reclaim precious beachfront land. Fighting the power companies’ shortsighted approach isn’t easy, but it is the right thing to do for our community and future generations.

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