David Zetland: My talk to sustainable MBA students

(Zetland writes the Aguanomics blog.)

These are the folks who I provoked (into thinking, emotion, approval?) with my comment on triple bottom lines. I also said that green jobs are BS.

Besides those inflammatory remarks, I gave them three big economic truths about water (how we get shortages, the problem of missing costs, and the difference between a slide and shift in demand) and then did Q&A.

Here’s the 50 minute MP3 [17MB].

Read more…

ACWA Issues Statement on Research Linking Decline in Delta Fish with Nutrient Pollution

Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Executive Director Timothy Quinn issued the following statement today on a new study linking declines in Delta fish populations with nutrient loads in the Bay-Delta. The study released by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science found a strong correlation between effluent changes at a major wastewater treatment plant and declines in Delta smelt and other fish.

Read more…

DWR Increases Water Allocations to 45%

Late season storms have allowed the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to increase final 2010 State Water Project allocations to 45% of requested amounts, up from the 40% announced on May 4.

The department cautioned, however, that the allocation will leave communities, farms and businesses in many parts of the state with limited supplies.

Read more…

Feinstein Urges Action on Ammonia Discharges into Delta

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein this week urged the State Water Resources Control Board and the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board to take action to address ammonia contamination affecting fish species in the Delta.

In a May 20 letter to the chairs of the state and regional boards, Feinstein noted that two recent studies suggest that reduction of ammonia discharges is necessary to help restore the Delta ecosystem.

Read more…

Az won’t shut off Ca water

Los Angeles denizens can rest assured that even if Arizona cuts off your power, you’ll still have water….

Rest assured, dear brothers to the West, your water is safe. I talked with Bob Barrett, spokesman at the Central Arizona Project, and he said that CAP won’t be turning off the tap or pulling in more water. It can’t. It’s against the law.

“It would be a violation of federal law for one state to supply another state with water, or to take more water than they are allowed to take,” he said.

Read more…

Sacramento wrangling over water bond money

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s budget proposal includes $1.8 billion from an $11 billion water bond on the November ballot, prompting some lawmakers to question the administration’s rush to spend money that voters have yet to approve.

The bond would pay for an overhaul of the state’s aging and overburdened water system, and the administration has promised that no spending will take place unless voters approve the bond, which ultimately will cost taxpayers $22 billion due to interest.

Read more…

Late rains mean plenty of water

An abundant snowpack boosted by late spring storms could fill Northern California’s thirsty reservoirs, state water officials said.

On Monday, the state’s snowpack was 167 percent of normal for this time of year, California Department of Water Resources spokesman Don Strickland said.

Read more…

Previous Older Entries