Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015

Fish tale redux

Delta smelt legal battle heads to U.S. Supreme Court

At issue has been a series of orders under the Endangered Species Act that at times reduce water deliveries from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to San Joaquin Valley growers and urban Southern California. WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

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Los Angeles Times

The Delta smelt may be a small fish with a short life, but it spawned a decades-long legal battle over water in California. Citing the severe state drought, lawyers for the Metropolitan Water District are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider a strict federal rule that calls for curtailing the water diversions to protect imperiled species regardless of the cost to humans and the economy.

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L.A., looking for water wherever, targets freeways

Los Angeles Daily News

As Los Angeles looks for any way it can to save water, the city turned its attention Wednesday to how Caltrans irrigates its landscaping along freeways. Caltrans offered assurances that it tries to use as much recycled water as is available and said conservation has reduced the agency's water use by 45 percent from a decade ago. But the problem has been finding enough of the recycled water.

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Farmers: New Congress to deal with old problems

KFSN Fresno

Central Valley farmers are eager to see the Republican-controlled Congress take on issues dealing with the California drought. Farmers say the new congress will be dealing with some old problems. They just hope the discussions over water begin sooner rather than later.

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