Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Water shift

As state's drought worsens, experts urge water reforms

The remnants of a marina are seen at the New Melones Lake reservoir east of Stockton, which is now at less than 20 percent capacity. MARK RALSTON / Getty Images

CNBC

Los Angeles Times, CNBC & Stockton Record

As mandatory water restrictions took effect Monday across California, a panel of experts called upon the state to upgrade its water infrastructure and reform its antiquated water rights system. A group of scientists said the state's approach to water management is severely outdated and ill-suited to the mostly dry climate. Meanwhile, the state tallied more than 100 applications from Delta farmers who are willing to cut water diversions by 25 percent.

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Drought taking a lower-than-expected toll on jobs

Fresno Bee

California's ongoing drought took about 500,000 acres out of agricultural production last year, but the number of farm jobs statewide actually rose from 2013 levels — a development that confounded economists trying to estimate the fiscal effects of the dry weather. In fact, the number of farm jobs reported by employers for last year was more than 417,000 — about 1.4 percent more than 2013, and highest number ever recorded in the state.

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Possible approaches to managing water scarcity

UC Riverside

As water scarcity and quality issues grow in California and around the world, a new book co-edited by UC Riverside water economist Ariel Dinar and water experts in Spain and Argentina examines the experience of 15 countries where conservation has been achieved through water-pricing incentive systems.

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