Monday, March 21, 2016

Test case

Key questions in water rights for district and beyond

Water form the Mountain House development in Tracy is supplied with water from the California Aqueduct via this Byron-Bethany Irrigation District canal off of Bruns Road. CLIFFORD OTO / Stockton Record

Stockton Record

Stockton Record

On the surface, hearings in Sacramento starting this week will determine whether a Delta water district with century-old water rights pumped illegally for 12 days last summer — and whether the district should be penalized $1.4 million as a result. But the proceeding before the State Water Resources Control Board may also be a move toward answering broad, weighty questions about water rights and the future of Delta agriculture, some participants say.

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Despite rainfall, Tulare still relying on water tanks

KQED San Francisco

Back in early January, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting examined the water tank program in Tulare County. What began as an emergency drought measure was becoming the norm for hundreds of families who no longer had running water. But today, more than 800 domestic wells still are dry and where the water has returned, the supply remains unpredictable.

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Desal expansion plan on deck for Diablo Canyon

San Luis Obispo Tribune

An expansion of Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant's desalination plant to provide 1,300 acre-feet of water for the South County is feasible but could cost as much as $36 million to build. The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to hear an update of the proposal Tuesday and decide whether to direct county public works staff to move ahead with the project.

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