Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018

Delta decision

MWD could vote soon if it'll bankroll tunnels project

Lacking the $16.7 billion needed to fund both tunnels at once, Brown’s administration earlier this month said it was going to phase in the project, starting with one tunnel for an estimated $11.1 billion. A second tunnel could get built years later if the rest of the dollars materialize. HIGH COUNTRY NEWS

High Country News

Sacramento Bee

Facing pressure from Gov. Jerry Brown, Southern California’s largest water agency could vote as soon as April on whether to take a majority stake in the Delta tunnels project. The fast-track timeline was disclosed Tuesday, as the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California heard a report about the benefits, risks and financing if the agency agrees to pay the majority of the costs.


State's agriculture faces serious climate threats

KQED San Francisco & Palm Springs Desert Sun

California provides two-thirds of the country’s fruits and nuts, but according to a new study published Tuesday, by the end of the century California’s climate will no longer be able to support these major crops. Crop yields are expected to fall for almonds, table grapes and cherries. Summer heat waves are likely to take a toll on corn, rice, tomato and sunflower crops.


Big Idea 5: Redefine affordability for 21st century

U.S. Water Alliance

Water service is generally affordable for most Americans, but lower-income people can face acute burdens. Yet affordability is not just a challenge in the nation’s large cities and isolated rural corners. Vulnerable populations are in every American community.