Friday, May 29, 2015

'Pipe' pitch

Gov. Brown makes his case for Delta tunnels project

uggests 'pipe' might be a more popular term for tunnels. SACRAMENTO BEE

Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

Calling it a “challenge we have to respond to,” Gov. Jerry Brown told hundreds of business owners and others Thursday that the state needs to push forward with his plans for two water diversion tunnels to protect its economy. All that stands between the salt water of San Francisco Bay and the fresh water running through the Delta to tens of millions of users and farms to the south, Brown said, are an aging network of levees and berms that are "going to crash at some point."

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Drought: Farmers' senior water rights under siege

San Jose Mercury News

A 143-year-old piece of paper proves that Rudy Mussi has a legal right to water from the gently meandering Middle River that nourishes his family farm. But the same piece of paper — a "certificate of purchase," signed in florid 19th-century handwriting and faded to near illegibility — also is proof to a growing number of critics that California has outgrown its water rights system.

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Sacramento breaks ground on huge sewer project

Sacramento Bee

An array of influential federal, state and local leaders gathered on a patch of dirt at a sewage plant in Elk Grove on Thursday to break ground on the biggest public works project in Sacramento County history. Officials kicked off a $2 billion expansion of the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant that will produce cleaner water for discharge into the Sacramento River.

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