Monday, April 13, 2015

Opting out

Mammoth north-to-south California water sale dries up

Some Feather River water splashes over the Diversion Dam in Oroville. Water districts relying on water from the river were notified last week that their supply would be cut by 50 percent. BILL HUSA/Oroville Mercury-Register

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Sacramento Bee

When the water supply is tight in California, the product often flows to where the money is. Typically, that means north to south. This year, however, practically no one has a drop to spare. That means the buying and selling of water can grind to a halt. That appears to be the case with a mammoth deal engineered by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and a group of Sacramento Valley rice farmers.

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Delta tunnels: Major changes may imperil plan

San Jose Mercury News

The Brown administration is proposing a major and politically risky change to the $25 billion plan to build two massive tunnels under the Delta: Dropping a 50-year guarantee to restore the Delta's environment. A centerpiece of the project, the environmental plan included $8 billion to preserve 100,000 acres of wetlands and dozens of other restoration efforts.

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Drought devastating state's farms, drying up jobs

McClatchy

California's drought problems could have far-reaching impacts. A disproportionate amount of the nation's fruits and vegetables are grown here, but the drought forced farmers to fallow 500,000 acres of land in 2014. That number could double in 2015. Nearly all of the state is abnormally dry at best and exceptional drought at worse.

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