Tuesday, March 31, 2015

2-bill solution

Congress may consider proposals to address drought

Congressman Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, on Monday introduced two water-related bills. One would help local water agencies begin new projects to capture, store and recycle more water, and another would ensure the safety of drinking water during drought conditions. WIKIMEDIA

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Central Valley Business Times

Local water agencies in California would get federal help to begin new projects to capture, store and recycle more water under two proposals introduced Monday in Congress by Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton. H.R. 1710 would temporarily suspend a ban on the use of tax-exempt bonds in projects funded under the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act, if a governor issues a drought declaration of emergency.

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Why isn't desal the answer to our water problems?

KQED Science

Nowhere near enough water has fallen on California in years, and there's nothing you can do to make it rain. So where else can we get water? One idea gaining traction is desalination: converting seawater into drinking water. While desal has long been confined by steep costs and environmental concerns, even some critics now say it merits a place in the state's water portfolio.

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Understanding California Bay Delta in 63 photos

KCET Los Angeles

In the world of California water, much of the conversation centers on this place called the Delta. Northern Californians think Southern Californians want to drain it dry. Southern Californians, for the most part, don't even know where the Delta is. So, what is the Delta and why is it important?

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