Thursday, April 30, 2015

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Brown to unveil scaled-back Delta conservation plan

Portions of the two largest north-south water delivery systems in California run side-by-side near Patterson. DICK SCHMIDT/Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

Los Angeles Times

Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to announce today that the state is substantially trimming the amount of fish and wildlife habitat it plans to restore in connection with a controversial project to replumb the heart of California's water system. Among the changes to the Delta project is the decision to move ahead with just 30,000 acres of habitat work in the next 3.5 years.

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Agencies could get drought enforcement power

Palm Springs Desert Sun

As part of Gov. Jerry Brown's drought mandate proposal Tuesday, local agencies would be given new enforcement authority to fine water wasters. Water districts, as well as city and county governments, would be allowed to "deputize staff to issue water conservation-related warnings and citations" that could include penalties as high as $10,000 per violation.

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Report: California needs more farm water data

Palm Springs Desert Sun

A new report sums up what's known about the amounts of water used for agriculture in California, and one of the takeaways is that the state lacks comprehensive and up-to-date information. Stats that are now available simply don't provide enough information to evaluate how efficiently water is being used on farms.

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