Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016

Pushback

Valley farmers, others against rail-water swap initiative

Steve Worthley, Manuel Cunha talk about concerns over rail-water measure. TIM SHEEHAN video / Fresno Bee

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Fresno Bee

A group of Central Valley agriculture, government and Latino leaders is raising an alarm about a proposed ballot initiative to take money away from high-speed rail and use it instead for water-storage projects in California. Their opposition to the initiative is rooted not in support for the controversial bullet-train project, but because the measure would also divert $2.7 billion in water-storage money from Proposition 1.

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Hyacinth's a gas: Weed holds promise as biofuel

Stockton Record

Water hyacinth, the invasive water weed that carpets Delta channels in the warm season, choking native species, degrading water quality, blocking recreational boaters and interfering with commercial ship traffic, holds promise as a biofuel. That's the premise of a $300,000 pilot project sought by a diverse group of Delta interests.

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