Friday, May 1, 2015

In a fix

Brown's revised tunnels plan adds political problems

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, focus of a battle over habitat restoration and a plan to build massive tunnels to improve shipments of water to the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California. DAN BREKKE/KQED San Francisco

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Sacramento Bee

For years, Gov. Jerry Brown used the promise of habitat restoration to broaden the appeal of his plan to build two tunnels to divert water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the south. Brown's announcement Thursday that he was dramatically reducing the habitat portion of the plan is expected to make permitting the project easier. But it also burdens the project with new political difficulties.

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Democrats send drought suggestions to Brown

Sacramento Bee

As California officials ramp up response to the historic drought, Senate Democrats are pitching in with their own suggestions for water conservation and emergency relief under these "new normal" conditions. They offered a list of 12 steps the state could take to deal with the four-year dry spell, including appointing a "water czar" to coordinate the state's drought response.

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'Smartball' helps to pinpoint water-wasting leaks

KPIX San Francisco

A new high-tech device makes sure water doesn't go to waste in this drought, by finding leaks in San Francisco's aging underground pipes. This system uses sensitive sensors to hear where water is rushing. And if it shouldn't be there, it means there's a leak and the city water department knows it has to patch it up.

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