Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Votes are in

One bill on Delta tunnels advances, another falters

Aerial photos of the region to be affected by the Delta water tunnels and intakes near Walnut Grove. RANDALL BENTON / Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee & KPIX San Francisco

A state Assembly committee Tuesday moved to force a public vote on a $15.5 billion plan to construct two massive water conveyance tunnels in the heart of California's water circulatory system. Assembly Bill 1713 passed, but has little chance of winning Gov. Jerry Brown's signature. At the same time, lawmakers rejected legislation that would have added protections for water contractors in the twin tunnels project.

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Wolk bill would require permits for new wells

Stockton Record

Where's the water? Somebody’s got to ask that question, state Sen. Lois Wolk says, before even more new wells can be drilled in California. Never one to shy away from controversial water policy, the Davis Democrat is pushing a bill that would require local agencies to place conditions on new well construction — in some cases, at least.

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Lake Tahoe water clarity declined in 2015

UC Davis

Clarity levels at Lake Tahoe in 2015 declined due in part to warmer waters, according to researchers at the UC Davis who have studied the lake for the last half-century. The declines are not considered to be part of a long-term trend. They are part of the year-to-year variability that has always characterized conditions at the lake.

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