Monday, Jan. 30, 2017

Water & rights

These California and Oregon farmers in Klamath Basin lost irrigation water in 2001. Now, they want to be paid

The Klamath Irrigation District, in Klamath Falls, Oregon, and individual farmers have priced the lost irrigation water at $28,582,310. WIKIPEDIA



Northern California and Oregon farmers who lost irrigation water in 2001 for the sake of fish are plunging into a climactic courtroom battle for tens of millions of dollars in compensation. The trial set to start today involves a lot of money, but that's not all. For other Westerners, too, it can have broader implications, clarifying what the government may owe for water steered away from crops toward environmental protection.


Mercury contamination prompts new fish warning

Stockton Record

State officials have extended fish consumption warnings to all three of the Mother Lode reservoirs that are closest to Stockton. Most significantly, the new report shows that children and women of child-bearing age should never eat black bass caught from New Hogan Lake because of mercury contamination. The same warning has already been issued for Camanche and New Melones reservoirs.


What all those dead trees mean for Sierra Nevada

Los Angeles Times

The ponderosa pine had taken root decades before the Revolutionary War, making a stately stand on this western Sierra Nevada slope for some 300 years. Then came the beetle blitzkrieg. Today, the tree is a dab in the gray and rusty death stain smeared across the mountain range. It will takes centuries to replace the legions of majestic old pines that have succumbed.