Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Shift and adapt

Brown's order braces California for unending drought

State officials are lifting the rule barring restaurants from serving water unless requested. CRAIG MILLER / KQED

KQED

New York Times

With California entering its fifth year of a statewide drought, Gov. Jerry Brown moved on Monday to impose permanent water conservation measures and called on water suppliers to prepare for a future made drier by climate change. Under the executive order, emergency drought regulations will remain indefinitely. Urban water suppliers will be required to report their water use to the state each month and develop plans to get through long-term periods of drought.

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State legislators call for audit of twin tunnels

Lodi News-Sentinel & Fairfield Daily Republic

Two separate groups on Monday called for a state audit on the California Water Fix, better known as the Delta Twin Tunnels proposal. Assemblywoman Susan Eggman (D-Stockton) and Sen. Lois Wolk (D-Davis) announced they will request a state audit on the project, citing a need for a higher level of scrutiny.

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The high cost of underinvesting in infrastructure

American Society of Civil Engineers

Today's release of the ASCE's Failure to Act: Closing the Investment Gap for America's Economic Future reveals that inadequate infrastructure is costing every American family $3,400 a year in disposable income. The economic study, an update to the initial series ASCE released prior to the 2013 Report Card, identifies the 10-year needs across 10 categories of infrastructure is $3.3 trillion, including a $1.4 trillion investment gap.

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