Thursday, June 8, 2017

Simple but complex

California hones its drinking water affordability plan

State considers four options as it designs nation's first statewide affordability program. LUSKIN CENTER FOR INNOVATION at UCLA

State Water Boards

Circle of Blue

Nearly five years ago, the state Legislature declared that the state's residents have a right to "safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water." Bit by bit, lawmakers have chipped away at the affordability problem. Now, California is developing an approach that has never been attempted in the United States: a state-run financial aid program to offset the rising cost of drinking water for households.

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Design plans approved for Lake Oroville spillway

Capital Public Radio & KRCR Redding

The Department of Water Resources said work on the Lake Oroville Spillway has reached a milestone, as design plans have been approved for a newly built structure. Meanwhile, crews working on the spillway are watching the weather closely for the next few days, but the expected rains should not cause any delays in the project.

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Funding remains a challenge to restore wetlands

Peninsula Press

Proposed cuts to federal environmental funding will place a higher burden on the state and local government to finance restoration of the San Francisco Bay Area's wetlands. Measure AA will raise $500 million over 20 years, providing one-third of the $1.5 billion needed to reach the restoration goal. But additional funding is needed if adequate restoration is to occur before the 2030 deadline.

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