Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Water-tight edict

State water regulators approve massive cutback orders

The State Water Resources Control Board, charged with overseeing California’s water rights system, took action following nearly eight hours of testimony and discussion. JUSTIN SULLIVAN/Getty Images

USA Today

Sacramento Bee

California regulators unanimously adopted emergency drought regulations Tuesday that for the first time will require tens of millions of Californians and tens of thousands of businesses to sharply reduce water use, a response to the state’s unprecedented and deepening drought. The cuts will fall hardest on the Sacramento region and other parts of inland California.

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Fresno: Reduce water to fisheries, environment

Fresno Bee

Fresno County supervisors renewed their commitment to getting more water by approving a more strongly worded drought resolution they expect other Valley counties will support. The new proclamation wants federal and state agencies to curtail water supplies "currently dedicated to the environment and fisheries."

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Congress tries to rein in EPA 'waters' proposal

California Farm Bureau Federation

The proposed federal "waters of the United States" rule, which agricultural groups say would increase the authority of government agencies and redefine and expand the scope of waters protected under the federal Clean Water Act, was at the center of debate in Washington, D.C., last week.

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