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.

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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.

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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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