Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Delta deal

MWD votes to buy 20,000 acres of Valley farmland

The Metropolitan Water District is the largest water wholesaler in the state. It wants to buy four islands in the center of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and a a portion of a fifth island. CAPITAL PUBLIC RADIO

Capital Public Radio

Sacramento Bee & Los Angeles Times

In a move that could shake up the state’s water community, Southern California’s most powerful water agency moved a giant step closer Tuesday to purchasing a cluster of islands in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California said the acreage could be converted to fish and wildlife habitat or used to store materials for emergency levee repairs or to provide access to construct a Delta tunnel system.

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Hearing explores funding for state's water needs

Association of California Water Agencies

California lawmakers and stakeholders from throughout the water community Tuesday focused on ways to fund the state's chronically underfunded water needs during a hearing of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee. Rachel Ehlers, of the state's Legislative Analyst's Office, provided context on the issue by presenting a LAO brief on water-related funding options.

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UC researchers provide guide on groundwater law

UCwater.org

The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 gives local entities the potential to bring their groundwater basins into sustainable condition. To help groundwater managers succeed at this new task, a team of researchers has provided a set of guidelines based on examples from law and natural resources.

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