Friday, Feb. 19, 2016

Paradigm shift

Stormwater, long a nuisance, may be state's salvation

Capturing stormwater, boosting local water supply. LADWP


New York Times

After a year in which Californians cut water use by 25 percent, stormwater has become the next front in what amounts to a fundamental restructuring of Southern California's relationship with its intricate water network. This shift in approach will not be easy. The state has authorized $200 million for projects devoted to capturing stormwater. But officials said it would cost more than $1 billion for the kind of ambitious water-collection goals set by Los Angeles, San Diego and the San Francisco Bay Area.


Groundwater management draft rules available

Capital Public Radio

The California Department of Water Resources has released the first draft regulations to manage groundwater sustainably. The plan lays out the steps public agencies will need to take to prevent chronic groundwater overdraft. A public comment period on the draft regulations ends March 25. DWR will also hold three public meetings between March 21–25.


Try the treated wastewater, state legislator says

Sacramento Bee

Water scarcity has preoccupied California policy makers more than usual during a multi-year drought. Many want the state to consider more opportunities to recycle and reuse water. One of the touchier ideas is called "potable reused water" – in layman's terms, treated wastewater. "I want people to have the opportunity to try it," said Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park. "We want to show folks that this water is safe, that it is something we can include in the future in our water portfolio in California."

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