Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Stressed out

UC study: A third of world's major aquifers threatened

New NASA data show how the world is running out of water. WASHINGTON POST

Washington Post

Palm Springs Desert Sun , UPI & Washington Post

Scientists using satellite data have found that a third of the world's largest aquifers are being rapidly depleted and are seriously threatened. A team of researchers led by hydrologists from UC Irvine assessed the depletion of groundwater on a global scale using readings from NASA satellites. The nine cities with the worst drought conditions in the United States are in California.

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Urban districts accuse farmers of stealing water

Sacramento Bee

The tension between California farm interests and the state’s urban water users ratcheted up Tuesday, as a consortium of mostly urban water districts filed a complaint alleging Delta farmers are stealing water. The group of 27 agencies said farmers in the Delta put water quality at risk by diverting more water than they have a right to.

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L.A.'s stormwater plan could be a model for state

Los Angeles Times

Amid a worsening drought, state water officials adopted new rules Tuesday aimed at capturing and reusing huge amounts of stormwater that have until now flowed down sewers and concrete rivers into the sea. The plan is seen as a model for other parts of water-starved California.

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