Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016

A new wrinkle

Water politics could get choppier with new House bill

A House water and power subcommittee hearing today is intended, in part, to make the case for California water legislation. HOUSE.gov

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Sacramento Bee

A Sacramento Valley Democrat revealed plans on Tuesday for a big new California water bill that likely will upset some of his colleagues. Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, said his proposal would provide for new dams, spur water transfers and fund emergency drought aid. His bill mirrors legislation introduced two weeks ago by Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, which was welcomed as a positive step forward by Central Valley farmers.

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Kern's aging pipes causing leaks, wasting water

KBAK Bakersfield

Bakersfield goes out on a regular basis hanging water conservation hangers on resident's doors, when they have been caught watering their lawn on the wrong day; and Cal Water customers could be reminded by a surcharge in their water bills if they are wasting. However, there have been a number of leaks not caused by residents, but by the water companies themselves.

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Capitol hearing reviews new groundwater policy

Association of California Water Agencies & Maven's Notebook

Lawmakers received an update Tuesday on California's landmark Sustainable Groundwater Management Act during a Capitol hearing. The draft regulation covers the preparation, contents, and reporting requirements for groundwater sustainability plans, as well as how those plans will be implemented. Department of Water Resources staff outlined the draft regulation for commission members. Here's what they had to say.

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