Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Irrigation deal

California farmers offer to voluntarily cut water use

Sprinklers water a field next near the community of Discovery Bay in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. DAVID McNEW / Getty Images

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CBS News

Delta farmers who have California's oldest water rights are proposing to voluntarily cut their use by 25 percent to avoid the possibility of even harsher restrictions by the state later this summer. Under the deal expected to be presented today, farmers would either take less river water for irrigation or leave a quarter of their crops unplanted. If the state accepts the deal, water managers say it may become a model for farmers throughout California.

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Fresno's dilemma: Save water or pollute the air?

Fresno Bee

Clean air or drinking water — the Fresno City Council must choose one. Both, to the despair of Fresno's politicians, isn't an option. In a nutshell, city officials don't want companies using fire-hydrant water for dust control. Instead, they want companies to get their water from the wastewater treatment plant, which has plenty of recycled water (for free) suitable for dust control.

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Oil regulators could lose power over aquifer mess

San Francisco Chronicle

Under fire for letting petroleum companies pump wastewater into aquifers, California oil-field regulators could see some of their responsibilities taken away — and handed to other agencies. State Sen. Fran Pavley yesterday proposed launching an audit of the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources to see if some of its functions would be better handled by other government offices.

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