Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Guiding reuse

State paves the way for increased use of recycled water

Maven's Notebook & Courthouse News

Providing water suppliers with a new tool to improve their drought resilience, the State Water Resources Control Board on Tuesday adopted water quality and other requirements to ensure the safe use of treated recycled water to augment surface water supplies. The board also instituted new pesticide thresholds that hold water agencies accountable for pesticides that flow from agricultural operations into the Salinas River.


Judge denies a request to halt key Delta hearings

Sacramento Bee

A Sacramento County judge on Monday declined to temporarily stop the hearings that will decide the fate of Gov. Jerry Brown's Delta tunnels project after its opponents sued alleging the process had been tainted by secret meetings. In denying their request for a restraining order, the judge said that project opponents didn't provide enough evidence to show that he needed to halt the hearings.


Sierra Nevada forests: Climate hero or the villain?

Sierra Nevada Conservancy

Forests are identified as the state's largest carbon sink by the California Air Resources Board. Today, however, many Sierra Nevada forests are overgrown and are suffering from insect attacks, drought and large, damaging wildfires. They are no longer the reliable carbon sink that California has depended on. Here's why.