Wednesday, March 11, 2015

All fall down

State agencies admit failing to protect water sources

Pits contain production water from oil wells in Kern County. BRIAN van der BRUG/Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

The agencies charged with overseeing oil production and protecting California's water sources from pollution all fell down on the job, a state official told a panel of peeved lawmakers Tuesday. During a testy two-hour oversight hearing, officials promised a top-down overhaul, but lawmakers questioned how they could trust agency officials to follow through, characterizing agency practices as corrupt and inept. >> MORE STORIES BELOW

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Reservoirs for East Bay users near 38-year lows

San Francisco Chronicle

Levels at Sierra reservoirs that supply water for 1.3 million East Bay customers are as low as they've been in nearly 40 years, and it could take a miracle to make them better before the onset of the long dry season, officials were told Tuesday. By summer, levels are expected to be about what they were during 1977.

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MWD board spends $71 million battling drought

MyNewsLA.com

With the state facing a fourth straight drought year, the Metropolitan Water District board voted Tuesday to spend up to $71 million to bolster the Southern California region's available supply. The board's vote authorizes the MWD to secure up to 100,000 acre-feet of additional supplies through one-year water transfers with Sacramento Valley water districts.

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