Thursday, April 9, 2015

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State warns of water rights curtailments amid drought

Jerry Brown: Don't 'point fingers' in drought. SACRAMENTO BEE

Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

In the week after issuing an unprecedented statewide water use reduction order, Gov. Jerry Brown labored to defend the measure's focus on urban water use instead of agriculture, which consumes far more water than cities and towns. But while Brown defends agriculture's heavy use of water, he is also considering water rights curtailments that could dramatically affect the industry.

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Moving levees can increase groundwater supply

UC Davis

Strange as it sounds, flood control can be part of the solution to managing California's droughts. University of California scientists have shown that making more room for floodwaters can improve the state's groundwater supplies and fisheries. Researchers at UC Merced and UC Davis found that setting back levees resupplied local groundwater storage even in this fourth year of severe drought.

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