Friday, June 5, 2015

Wells of data

Groundwater information bill passes California Senate

Information on well depth, underground geology, and well construction is reported to California's Department of Water Resources, but the data are not public. A bill that passed the state Senate this week would open this trove of groundwater data. J. CARL GANTER / Circle of Blue

Circle of Blue

Circle of Blue

As California struggles to respond to a heightening drought emergency, state lawmakers are promoting legislation that would potentially increase scientific knowledge about the state's shrinking groundwater reserves. Monday, the California Senate passed SB 20 by a vote of 21 to 15. The bill requires public access to the groundwater information that well drillers file with the Department of Water Resources after completing a well.

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State's war over water has farmer fighting farmer

NPR

Rudy Mussi's family has farmed in the Sacramento Delta for nearly a century, but he worries that more water transfers will deplete the fragile Delta ecosystem and wipe out family farms like his. That farmers are pointing fingers at other farmers shows just how big of a disaster this drought has become.

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Water pricing in 2 thirsty cities: Fresno & Santa Fe

New York Times

Santa Fe has the most expensive water out of 30 American cities surveyed by Circle of Blue. Per-capita water usage has plunged, falling from nearly 140 gallons a day in 2001 to about 100 now. By contrast, in Fresno, which has a single, uniform price for water, per-capita usage was 222 gallons per day last year, after falling from even higher levels because of a variety of conservation efforts

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