Thursday, April 16, 2015

Backlash

California cities push back against steep water cuts

A man waters down the sidewalk outside Taco Bell in Los Angeles. LUCY NICHOLSON/Reuters

Reuters

Reuters / Central Valley Business Times

Cities set to feel the brunt of mandated cutbacks in water use pushed back on Wednesday, calling a plan by regulators to demand reductions of as much as 35 percent in some communities unfair. From small towns in the Central Valley to the posh environs of Beverly Hills, orders by the State Water Resources Control Board to slash water use are prompting protests and a questioning of the basis for the governor's orders.

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Drought creates cracks in powerful farm agency

Fresno Bee

In the San Joaquin Valley's frenzied attempts to cope with the drought crisis, five farm water districts have left the Friant Water Authority, the cornerstone of farm water delivery along 1 million acres. The powerful authority lost a quarter of its membership in the last month over differences in how to battle for more water in an east-Valley farming belt worth several billion dollars annually.

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DWR moves to install first drought barrier in Delta

Maven's Notebook

Faced with potentially insufficient water supplies to repel salinity in the Delta, the state Department of Water Resources is moving to install an emergency, temporary rock barrier across a Delta channel. DWR seeks to install a single emergency salinity barrier across West False River in May, with removal six months later in November.

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