Jan. 9, 2017

Full speed ahead

Interior chief calls for expedited review of Delta tunnels

CA WaterFix

Sacramento Bee & Association of California Water Agencies

Two weeks before President Barack Obama leaves office, his administration vowed to move full speed ahead on the controversial Delta tunnels project, calling it essential for the state's water supply as well as its environment. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has directed federal officials to expedite the environmental review as part of larger effort to take "timely actions" to address the drought and climate change.

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Urban areas maintain strong water conservation

Association of California Water Agencies

Urban Californians are maintaining their commitment to water conservation, using 18.8 percent less water in November 2016 compared to the baseline in 2013, and bringing the state's cumulative water savings to 22.6 percent since June 2015, according to data released by the State Water Resources Control Board.

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Pumping in the Delta continues amid fish worries

Stockton Record

Federal officials Friday approved short-term pumping limits from the Delta that are higher than a team of experts had recommended days earlier to protect imperiled fish. In theory, the decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service could lead to the first use of a controversial new law that allows higher levels of pumping under certain circumstances.

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