Monday, March 28, 2016

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Groundwater law, rain trigger aquifer-recharge 'labs'

Restoring an aquifer. BAY AREA NEWS GROUP

Bay Area News Group

San Jose Mercury News

A historic 2014 law requiring water agencies across California to replenish the state's imperiled aquifers created a new problem: Many local officials just weren't sure how to do it. But this winter's abundant rains are triggering a flood of experiments that have turned the state's agricultural regions into aquifer-recharge laboratories.

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District will no longer follow state water mandate

Sacramento Bee

Pointing to improved conditions at Folsom Lake, a water district serving one of the region's wealthiest areas announced Friday that it would not follow conservation targets mandated by the state this year and would instead ask its customers to voluntarily cut water use by 10 percent.

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Saudi land purchase fuels debate on water rights

Associated Press

Saudi Arabia's largest dairy company will soon be unable to farm alfalfa in its own parched country to feed its 170,000 cows. So it's turning to an unlikely place to grow the water-chugging crop — the drought-stricken American Southwest.

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