Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

Not so fast

Plans for new dams, reservoirs run into stumbling block

Bay Area News Group

Mercury News

Signaling trouble for nearly a dozen landmark water storage projects to help California cope with its next drought, state water officials Thursday announced none of the proposals provide the public benefits that their supporters claim, potentially putting their state funding at risk. The announcement sent waves of anxiety and concern through California’s water world, and could be a major stumbling block in the efforts to expand the state’s water supply.

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North Hollywood groundwater cleanup underway

North Hollywood Patch

Officials broke ground Wednesday on the $92 million North Hollywood West Groundwater Treatment Project that aims to clean up and restore the use of groundwater in the San Fernando Valley. The North Hollywood West site is the first of four planned remediation projects in the San Fernando Valley and is expected to be completed by early 2020.

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State delays key hearing on Delta tunnels project

Stockton Record

A lengthy Delta tunnels hearing that was set to begin Thursday instead has been delayed for two weeks as state officials consider claims that illegal meetings took place between tunnels proponents and the agency that is supposed to independently judge the project. The State Water Resources Control Board announced Wednesday that the hearing now is scheduled to begin Feb. 2.

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