Thursday, June 16, 2016

Rough start

First step in California groundwater law stirs debate

A Crocker Water truck fills underground storage tanks for a homeowner near Paso Robles whose well no longer pumps enough water. AMY QUINTON / Capital Public Radio

CPR

Capital Public Radio

Two years ago, California became one of the last states in the West to pass a law to manage groundwater. The political will to do so took decades, but the bigger battle may be putting the law into practice. Paso Robles may be a perfect example of how hard it's going to be. The region is known mostly for its wineries, but it's not unusual to see tanker trucks delivering water to homeowners whose wells have run dry.

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MWD says it has enough supply for 3 more years

KPCC Pasadena

Southern California's top water wholesaler said Wednesday it has enough supply to cover the needs of the 19 million people it serves — even if the state endures three more years of drought. Based on calculations required under a state-mandated stress test, the agency said it had enough water to satisfy anticipated demand.

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Groundwater levels still falling in Central Valley

Stockton Record

What a difference a year doesn’t make. For anyone who doubts that we’re still in a drought, San Joaquin County’s groundwater “savings account” was even more depleted this spring than last. Routine surveys of hundreds of wells across the county revealed water levels had dropped about 2 feet on average — not as severe as the 3-foot drop seen the previous spring.

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