Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018

No silver bullet

Report looks at groundwater management in the West

The Future of Groundwater in California. EDF

EDF

KJZZ Phoenix

California’s new groundwater laws require local communities to set up agencies and come up with plans to conserve. To give those communities some information, the Environmental Defense Fund released a report on Monday looking at examples from across the West. Among the elements of a successful groundwater program, the report says, are the trust of residents, good data, and funding.

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Specter of drought looms as weather turns dry

Sacramento Bee & Oroville Mercury-Register

The storms have passed and California’s dry winter has returned, raising the specter that the state could be entering another drought less than a year after the last one officially ended. The Department of Water Resources said Monday it expects to provide customers of the State Water Project with 20 percent of their requested amounts.

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8 desal projects move forward with state funding

Bay Area News Group

California water officials have approved $34.4 million in grants to eight desalination projects across the state as part of an effort to boost the water supply in the wake of the state’s historic, five-year drought. The money comes from Proposition 1 and highlights a new trend in purifying salty water for human consumption: only one of the projects is dependent on the ocean.

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