Friday, April 29, 2016

Challenge denied

Court rejects lawsuit to drain Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

View across Hetch Hetchy Valley, early 1900s. ISAIAH WEST TABER via Wikimedia Commons

KPIX

Mercury News & KQED San Francisco

A judge dismissed a lawsuit Thursday that sought to force San Francisco to drain Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, a key part of the water system for 2.6 million residents of the Bay Area, and to restore the Hetch Hetchy Valley to its natural state. Oakland-based Restore Hetch Hetchy intends to appeal the decision.

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2nd class-action lawsuit challenges MID subsidy

Modesto Bee

The Modesto Irrigation District faces two separate class-action lawsuits, both accusing the utility of overcharging electricity customers to subsidize farmers' water prices. Both would enable tens of thousands of electricity customers to ask for refunds.

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Aquaponics has special appeal to uber conservers

Santa Cruz Sentinel

For gardeners who like to get their hands dirty, aquaponics may be a skill-set too far removed from backyard flower beds. But with California heading into its fifth year of drought, using up to 90 percent less water has to hold some appeal for conservationists.

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