Monday, June 8, 2015

Challenges ahead

Water losses 'huge,' new thinking required on drought

This updated study of the economics, politics, and ecology of water covers more than a century of public and private desert reclamation in the American West. LOS ANGELES TIMES

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

A panel of water experts Sunday mapped out the challenges that California faces in meeting future demands for water at a time when water sources are under stress and future supplies appear uncertain. “What we're really looking at is about a 20% problem of our supply being lost to climate change and over demand — and that's huge,” said Jeff Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District, at a discussion of the book “Cadillac Desert” by Marc Reisner.

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Delegation can't agree on response to drought

Los Angeles Times

Farmers have watched fields turn fallow. Residents have skipped showers and ripped up lawns. But four years into California's epic drought, Congress is status quo: gridlocked. The state's splintered congressional delegation has been stymied by fundamental disagreements over the causes of the drought and the role of the federal government in mitigating its consequences.

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S.J. Valley projects give new life to salty water

Fresno Bee

A glistening spectacle on the west Fresno County prairie could be a rock star in California’s next drought. Unlike more than a dozen well-publicized projects planned to desalt seawater, these San Joaquin Valley projects were not a reaction to the drought. But this irrigation drainage cleanup campaign could easily wind up creating a useful new source of water.

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