Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Feds chip in

As bills roll in, state borrows $500M for dam repairs

A helicopter tour March 1 over Oroville Dam and the Feather River reveals the dramatic extent of damage suffered by the spillway. RANDY PENCH / Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

California is borrowing up to $500 million to pay for the crisis at Oroville Dam, although it expects to be reimbursed for its costs. The Department of Water Resources obtained a line of credit last week to cover expenses connected to the spillway fracture at Oroville, including the permanent repairs. DWR obtained a separate $300 million credit line last week to cover other capital improvements for the State Water Project beyond Oroville.

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Monterey recycled water project breaks ground

Monterey Herald

Lauded as a model for regional collaboration and innovation, and even the "wave of the future" for the rest of California, the Pure Water Monterey recycled water project was universally praised by a group of dignitaries at a groundbreaking ceremony Friday. Public officials hailed the key milestone for the $100 million groundwater replenishment project backed by a public-private partnership.

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59 student scientists go for Stockholm water prize

Water Online & Water Environment Federation

The Water Environment Federation announced that 59 high school students have been selected as the 2017 state winners of the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize, the nation's most prestigious youth award for a water-related science project. The student winners from 48 states and Puerto Rico will compete in the national finals June 16–17 at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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