Thursday, April 6, 2017

Mighty move

MWD throws its financial weight behind Sites Reservoir

Sites Reservoir, to be built on the Glenn-Colusa county line, is getting financial backing from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. DALE KASLER / Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

Southern California's most powerful water agency is prepared to invest in Sacramento Valley's proposed Sites Reservoir, a move that could broaden support for the $4.4 billion project. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California would pour $1.5 million into predevelopment work if its board accepts a recommendation made by its executive staff Wednesday. The board plans to vote on the investment Tuesday.

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Brackish water could stretch freshwater supplies

U.S. Geological Survey

A new nationwide assessment suggests that the nation's brackish groundwater could help stretch limited freshwater supplies. This study, the first of its kind in more than 50 years, found that the amount of brackish groundwater underlying the country is more than 800 times the amount now used each year.

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Stormwater project nurtures the American River

California State University, Sacramento

Sacramento State's award-winning stormwater management project is cleverly disguised as tidy gardens sprouting drought-tolerant plants and porous walkways made of crunchy-looking concrete. The 24 LID devices in seven campus locations collect and filter 2.9 million gallons of stormwater each year, reducing the university's impact on the neighboring American River.

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