Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Debt deal

Conflicts swirl around Valley irrigation drainage plan

The drainage proposal pits one California region against another even as, for a change, it unites Westlands with the Obama administration. JOHN WALKER / Fresno Bee

Fresno Bee

McClatchy & San Francisco Chronicle

A proposal to solve a long-running San Joaquin Valley irrigation drainage dispute between the Westlands Water District and the federal government is roiling a Congress already hung up on other California water fights. The Obama administration defended a deal Tuesday that would resolve a 1983 environmental disaster by absolving farmers of a $330 million debt to taxpayers.


Sierra Nevada forests shifting to higher elevations

East Bay Times

In another sign of the warming climate, key species of trees in California's Sierra Nevada mountain range — including lodge pole pine, red fir and western white pine — are shifting to higher elevations in search of cooler temperatures, a broad new study by state biologists has found.


Panel talks 'fixing' California water rights system

Maven's Notebook

Some argue for drastic reform while others prefer maintaining the status quo. At the 2016 California Water Policy Conference in April, a multifaceted panel of prominent water lawyers discussed how the state's water rights system performed in the drought and what changes, if any, should be made to the current system.

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