Friday, May 13, 2016

Fresh fight

State's irrigation-drainage disputes targeted in new bill

Signs like this one dot the landscape around farms near Huron. The Westlands Water District and three nearby districts seek legislation to settle irrigation drainage disputes. RANDALL BENTON / Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee


California's tireless water warriors have something fresh to fight over, with the introduction of a bill to resolve an irrigation drainage dispute that affects three modest-sized San Joaquin Valley water districts, as well as the much bigger Westlands Water District. The bill by Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno, would relieve the federal government of its duty to provide irrigation drainage, and relieve the water districts of their debt.


DWR: Sierra snowmelt peaking earlier this season

KXTV Sacramento

The Sierra snowpack is melting quickly, sending water flowing into nearby rivers and reservoirs. This is the normal cycle for snowmelt but research by the California Department of Water Resources found now it's happening sooner in the season. This means there's a larger gap between peak runoff and peak demand.


Regulators support broader oilfield injection zone

Bakersfield Californian

State regulators voiced tentative support Thursday for allowing oil producers to continue injecting wastewater or steam into federally protected aquifers about nine miles northeast of central Bakersfield in the Round Mountain oil field. The action launches a public review that could lead to a formal request by the state that U.S. officials exempt several aquifers from the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

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