Friday, April 15, 2016

Battle brews

Groups sue to block agency's purchase of Delta islands

The board of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has voted to enter into a contract to buy 20,000 acres of land in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. CAPITAL PUBLIC RADIO, courtesy MWD

Capital Public Radio

Sacramento Bee

Just days after a powerful Southern California water agency announced it was spending $175 million to buy five islands in the heart of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a coalition of opponents has sued to demand environmental review of the purchase. The lawsuit was filed Thursday by San Joaquin and Contra Costa counties, the Central Delta and Contra Costa water agencies, and two environmental groups.


Call for probe of deal over toxic-runoff cleanup

San Francisco Chronicle

Northern California Democrats called for an investigation Thursday into a settlement agreement between the Obama administration and the Westlands Water District that would end a long-running dispute over toxic irrigation runoff that led to an environmental disaster at the Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge in 1983.


Conservation mandate no longer needed: ACWA

Association of California Water Agencies

Citing significantly improved water supply conditions, ACWA recommended Thursday that the State Water Resources Control Board rescind its emergency conservation regulation in favor of continued voluntary water use reductions. ACWA does support voluntary conservation and various prohibitions on water waste as a precaution against a possible return to dry conditions next winter.

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