Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015

Water pitchers

States dangle water to tempt California dairy farmers

California is the leading dairy state and home to approximately 1,500 dairies that house some 1.77 million milk cows, and it accounts for about 20 percent of the nation's milk production. NBC NEWS

NBC News

NBC News

With California facing its fourth year of a devastating drought, and dairy operators struggling with the high cost of hay, other states are swooping in to try to lure them away. And they're not pitching generous tax incentives, but the promise of water, a stable feed supply and abundant land. At the World Ag Expo in Tulare, more than a half dozen states have booths to recruit milk producers.

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Water bond to target statewide, integrated system

Association of California Water Agencies

California departments that oversee the state's water and environmental resources are gearing up to disburse the $7.5 billion in water bond funds approved by the voters in 2014 and are aiming to use the funds to build an integrated, resilient statewide water system. Plus, three things to watch for.

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California drought: Are rain barrels a good idea?

KPCC Public Radio

As California embarks on its likely fourth year of drought, communities up and down the Golden State are pledging to do more with local water sources — including whatever rain might fall from the sky. But are rain barrels worth the cost? Maybe not, according to UC Davis engineering professor Jay Lund.

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