Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Cautious optimism

Big reservoirs recover, putting water limits in question

Within weeks, the State Water Board will have to decide whether to ease tight water use restrictions. KCRA Sacramento

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Sacramento Bee & KCRA Sacramento

With California's two largest reservoirs hitting historically average levels after a weekend of heavy storms, the state's chief water regulator is cautiously optimistic that the drought may finally be relaxing its grip. If the wet weather continues, Felicia Marcus said, the urban conservation mandates may be eased in the weeks ahead. "In May, we'll be either lifting it or changing it significantly," Marcus said Monday.

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Water storage top priority for Yuba-Sutter reps

Marysville Appeal-Democrat

Moving forward with construction of water storage projects, mainly the Sites Reservoir project in Colusa County, is the top priority this year for the two state legislators. "Water storage is the number one issue," said Assemblyman James Gallagher, R-Plumas Lake. Likewise, state Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber, said storage projects are key in combating both the ongoing and future droughts in the state.

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Tech millionaire wants wetlands to be his legacy

San Francisco Chronicle

A Sunol millionaire from the tech world has started a crusade to raise $1 billion to create wetlands habitat to benefit waterfowl and wildlife. Paul Bonderson envisions a network of volunteers to fund and carry out the vision of restoring wetlands across North America. Bonderson is the national president of Ducks Unlimited.

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