Monday, Feb. 6, 2017

A new hope

Drought-weary state explores desalination of aquifers

The Cost of Alternative Water Supply and Efficiency Options in California. PACIFIC INSTITUTE

Pacific Institute

Mercury News

California's historic drought may be winding down. But water officials across the Golden State are increasingly exploring a hidden but promising way to add to the state's water supply: removing salt from the billions of gallons of brackish — or distastefully salty — water that lies deep below the Earth's surface. A new report that explores the cost of potential water sources in California is spurring hopes that the desalination of brackish water could quickly become a vital tap in the state.

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Mercury in Clear Lake a toxic legacy of mining

Santa Rosa Press Democrat

For more than a century, an abandoned mine named Sulphur Bank has leeched tons of mercury into Clear Lake and poisoned not only the food chain and the fish, but possibly the people, too. This spring, the EPA expects to complete a feasibility study describing its latest evaluation and possible cleanup method that will be available for public review and comment. ► MORE NEWS IN HEADLINES

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State's agricultural groups are hopeful for a WIIN

Visalia Times-Delta

California ag organizations are hopeful that this season's snowfall will help water supplies for Valley farmers and ranchers. Their hope won't come without reservations, though. The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act includes short- and long-term provisions to deal with the state's water crisis. Paul Wenger, president of the California Farm Bureau Federation, says, "This winter will be a good test of how agencies adhere to that law."

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