Time to get real about water

California’s wet winter was a pleasant surprise after three years of drought. Yet most Californians will be surprised to know that, despite the heavy rain and snowfall, our state still is not able to meet all of our water needs.

How is this possible?

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Striped bass: Delta villains?

It was 1879 when a Harvard-educated fish scientist took striped bass caught in New Jersey’s Navesink River and poured 132 of them into the Carquinez Strait near Martinez.

Livingston Stone, a Unitarian minister who also started the nation’s first freshwater hatchery, shepherded the fish in wooden barrels and milk jugs on a transcontinental railroad completed just 10 years earlier.

The fish liked it here, and today striped bass are one of the most popular sport fishes in California. They also are a major economic factor for Delta communities that cater to sport fishing.

But 130 years later a growing chorus wants to get the fish out, and no one is more insistent it appears than Stewart Resnick, a Los Angeles billionaire with vast orchards in Kern County that depend on Delta water.

A water-users coalition run by Resnick’s business interests and a handful of water districts have sued state regulators for fostering striped bass populations.

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Governor signs Wolk Delta levee bill

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on June 3 signed legislation by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to extend a cost-sharing program that helps many local levee agencies afford necessary maintenance and improvements to levees that protect lives, farmland, and drinking water in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, according to a news release from Wolk’s office.

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Federal gov boosts Calif. water deliveries

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Late-season storms that provided a robust snowpack and improved pumping conditions have prompted the federal government to increase water supplies to farmers in California’s San Joaquin Valley.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Monday that the Bureau of Reclamation would boost water deliveries to its agricultural water contractors south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Contractors will receive 45 percent of their requested allotment, up from the 40 percent they were scheduled to receive last month.

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