Monday, June 15, 2015

Curtailed

State limits water pumping by pre-1914 rights holders

Garlic grows on Errotabere Ranches' land April 9 in the Westlands Water District in Five Points. LEAH MILLS / San Francisco Chronicle

S.F. Chronicle

Los Angeles Times & Sacramento Bee

For the first time in nearly 40 years, state regulators Friday began telling more than 100 growers and irrigation districts with some of the oldest water rights that they have to stop drawing supplies from drought-starved rivers and streams in the Central Valley. And as flows continue to decline, board officials expect to issue more curtailments, stopping river pumping by more senior diverters.

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Gov. Brown pushes to consolidate water agencies

Sacramento Bee

The Brown administration is pushing late-emerging budget legislation to let state officials force the consolidation of troubled water systems with larger, better-funded agencies, with the goal of improving Californians’ access to safe drinking water after four years of drought.

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Drought drains water resources for firefighters

Santa Cruz Sentinel

Cal Fire officials are taking stock of water resources typically tapped during large fires. Although municipalities have plenty of fire hydrants along urban and suburban streets for fire engines to use, rural areas with little to no infrastructure force firefighters to rely on nearby water sources.

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