Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016

Modest boost

State doubles water deliveries to 30% for cities, farms

Officials warn water recipients, however, that extended dry weather could force an allocation reduction and the current remarkably dry February actually limited today's allocation increase. ACWA


San Francisco Chronicle & Sacramento Bee

With a bit more snow in the Sierra than in years past, state officials Wednesday boosted the amount of water they expect to deliver this year from the state's mountain-fed reservoirs. The 29 water agencies served by the massive State Water Project are set to receive 30 percent of the supplies they requested — up from 15 percent estimated last month. The department said the allocation would have been raised even more if not for "a remarkably dry February."


High levels of lead in Healdsburg school's water

Santa Rosa Press-Democrat &

High levels of lead have been discovered in drinking fountains at Healdsburg Elementary School's main building, county school and public health officials said Wednesday. The lead contamination first was detected over Thanksgiving break. On the heels of the Flint, Mich., water crisis, how safe is California's water for kids?


Groundwater crisis creates burdens, opportunities

Capital Press

As the water table in parts of California continues to dramatically decline, new groundwater regulations present a potential burden for growers but also an opportunity. With the drought-related escalation of pumping throughout the Valley causing land to sink at a historic rate, some growers are concerned about the future availability of the resource; others think that the new groundwater rule will create momentum for recharging depleted aquifers.

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