Friday, March 20, 2015

'This is a struggle'

How $1 billion in state's drought plan would be spent

In October, rancher Jon Pedotti walks on the parched, cracked lakebed of his ranch along San Simeon Creek in the Santa Lucia Mountain foothills. AL SEIB/Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Politicians don't have the power to make it rain, so Thursday they tried the next best thing — they proposed showering California's parched landscape with money. "This is a struggle," Gov. Jerry Brown said after he and lawmakers proposed a $1 billion measure to fight the drought. "Something we're going to have to live with. For how long, we're not sure." Lawmakers are expected to act next week on the legislation.

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Farm groups offer tepid praise to drought package

Capital Press

Farm groups offered tepid praise for the $1 billion drought relief package unveiled Thursday. Western Growers president/CEO Tom Nassif called on Congress to craft legislation to shield San Joaquin Valley farmers from what he called a "regulatory overreach" that has prevented water from being pumped from the Delta.

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No, California won't run out of water in a year

Los Angeles Times

Lawmakers are proposing emergency legislation, state officials are clamping down on watering lawns and, as California enters a fourth year of drought, some are worried that the state could run out of water. State water managers and other experts said Thursday that California is in no danger of running out of water in the next two years, even after an extremely dry January and paltry snowpack.

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