Industry Trends for California Water & Ag | 10.04 to 10.09.20

WATER SUPPLY
 

By Cronkite News, 10/8/20
 
The Colorado River’s largest reservoirs are expected to keep struggling over the next five years due to climate change, according to the federal agency that oversees them. The Bureau of Reclamation’s new modeling projections, which include this year’s record-breaking heat and dryness in some parts of the southwestern watershed, show an increasing likelihood of an official shortage declaration before 2026.
 


By SF Chronicle, 10/4/20
 
Mo Mohsin has been trying to bring clean drinking water to the residents of the Cobles Corner mobile home park ever since he bought the property back in 2003. The struggle, however, has been all uphill. The water system that serves the rural Stanislaus County community of 20 or so homes has violated state drinking water standards 25 times since 2012, mostly for arsenic and 1,2,3 trichloropropane (1,2,3-TCP), a manufactured chemical found in industrial solvents and soil fumigants, according to data from the State Water Resources Control Board.



Bloomberg Law

Sixty percent of California’s public water supply wells that were tested for so-called forever chemicals contain those compounds, according to research that the State Water Resources Control Board released Wednesday. That same investigation into contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) also found that groundwater and surface water sampled at airports far exceeded the concentrations detected in water near landfills and public supply wells.
 
WATER DEMAND & SOLUTIONS


By Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, 10/8/20

While use of large seawater desalination plants will continue to be limited to coastal communities, small-scale, localized systems for distributed desalination will be essential to cost-effectively tapping and reusing many of these nontraditional water sources across the country.

 

By OC Register, 10/9/20

It’s still dry as dirt, but promises to be a central component of future water supplies for the 165,000 people served by the Santa Margarita Water District. While the district currently imports 100% of its drinking water from the Colorado River and northern California, the new Trampas Canyon Reservoir is part of a plan to generate 30% of potable water supplies locally and to recycle more wastewater. That in, in turn, will provide a buffer from droughts and other circumstances that could reduce imported flows.

WEATHER, HYDROLOGY & CLIMATE CHANGE

 
 
The Latest, 10/8/20

Today, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasters said that there’s an 85% chance that we’ll experience La Niña from November to January. That’s concerning because those latter months are some of the most crucial when it comes to rain in California, and moderate to strong La Niña’s are associated with drier weather, especially in the southern part of the state.

 

By AgAlert, 10/7/20

The 2021 water year begins with farmers concerned about dry months ahead. Despite little precipitation and a small snowpack in the 2020 water year, which ended Sept. 30, California weathered the year on water stored in reservoirs during previous years' storms. Going into 2021, farmers note that weather officials predict a La Niña climate pattern in the Pacific Ocean, which has brought drought conditions in the past.



By Phys.org, 10/8/20

Determining how climate change is affecting water supplies is difficult in a state like California that swings between floods and droughts, but a new study has found that climate models agree on key metrics that could help water managers in the Golden State. In the new study, scientists at The University of Texas at Austin in collaboration with the Union of Concerned Scientists found that leading climate projections used by the state strongly agree that climate change will shift the timing and intensity of rainfall and the health of the state's snowpack in ways that will make water management more difficult during the coming decades.
 AG & FARMING
 

 
By Hemp Industry Daily, 10/12/20

CBD has already changed the game for makers of dietary supplements and beauty products. Now hemp-derived CBD has the opportunity and momentum to do the same for the enormous pets market. Two-thirds of American households currently have pets, and according to data from market analytics giant Nielsen Global Connect, hemp-CBD consumers are 10% more likely to have a pet than non-CBD consumers. Nielsen projects that by 2025, hemp-CBD dog food and treats will increase by threefold among current users of non-CBD products and nearly that much among all dog owners. Dog vitamins and supplements with hemp-derived CBD are on track to more than double among dog owners and current users of traditional consumer packaged goods, non-CBD products.



By Financial Times, 10/12/20

We’ve already seen multiple adaptations to the pandemic, including working from home and kerbside pick-up of shopping. But I think the shifts are about to get bigger and more profound. One area to watch closely, because it is linked to climate change as well as disruptions such as cross-border migration and deglobalisation, is vertical farming. This involves growing produce on giant, multistorey walls that are nourished with precise levels of light and water, a concept developed by Columbia University professor Dickson Despommier.
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