Monday, May 2, 2016

Pivotal hearing on tap

Judge refuses to halt Delta land sale to SoCal agency

Because Metropolitan doesn't plan to complete the purchase until June, a May 19 hearing will prove pivotal. DALE KASLER / Sacramento Bee

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Sacramento Bee

A judge has refused to block a Southern California water agency's controversial purchase of five islands in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The judge declined to grant a temporary restraining order Friday to officials from San Joaquin and Contra Costa counties, who sued two weeks ago to keep the Metropolitan Water District from completing its $175 million purchase of the islands.

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Water bank project in Valley nearing approval

Fresno Bee

It's too late for the current drought, but an ambitious water bank project in the southern San Joaquin Valley would give farmers a supplemental supply in future dry spells. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation kick-started the water bank with a $6.65 million pledge toward a 560-acre recharge basin between Earlimart and Tulare.

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Mining residue in Gold Rush town still a threat

Sacramento Bee

In the Gold Rush-era foothills community of Jackson, the worst-case scenario painted by the EPA last year about a 100-year-old dam there held a chilling warning. In a scant two minutes, a breach at the Eastwood Multiple Arch Dam could send a 15-foot-deep mudflow with high levels of arsenic and other toxic chemicals downhill into the center of the historic community.

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