Thursday, June 18, 2015

Silver lining

Cleaner water at state beaches due to lack of runoff

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Heal the Bay

Los Angeles Times

California's lingering drought has at least one silver lining: cleaner water along the coast, according to the annual Beach Report Card released Wednesday by Heal the Bay. Statewide, 95 percent of California’s beaches received A or B grades during the dry summer months. The leading cause of water pollution at beaches is storm runoff, but with less wet weather events, the drought has made California's beach water cleaner.

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House Democrats float new California water bill

McClatchy & San Francisco Chronicle

California water bills continue to fill the Capitol Hill hopper, and now one comes with a new twist. It’s crowd-sourcing drought solutions, in a long-shot bid to break a congressional stalemate. After three years of failure by Congress to address California's drought, Rep. Jared Huffman invited every Californian on Wednesday to provide ideas and comments on a big new water bill he is drafting.

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State OKs new water limits to aid salmon streams

Santa Rosa Press-Democrat

With fish perishing in drought-diminished Sonoma County streams, state regulators said Wednesday they felt pressed to approve sweeping new limits on water use affecting rural landowners. Farm representatives said part of the measure was regulatory overreach, while some residents said it didn't go far enough.

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