Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Still pumping

Farmers, districts not complying with state water order

Farmers in districts who are suing say it's unconstitutional for the state to cut off their water supply. KPIX San Francisco

KPIX

KPIX San Francisco & Associated Press

A majority of farmers and others holding some of California’s strongest claims to water have missed a deadline to confirm they stopped pumping from rivers and streams during the drought, state officials said Monday. Earlier this month, the State Water Resources Control Board said that nearly 300 water rights dating back more than a century will no longer be honored, but only 31 percent of those notified have met the legal deadline to stop drawing from rivers.

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Stormwater capture: California's untapped supply

Capital Public Radio

Urban areas in California have spent decades engineering a landscape to send water away as quickly as possible. Five years ago, Elmer Avenue became L.A.'s first residential test site to treat water as a scarce resource that should be captured. The upstream end of the avenue has what looks like a typical storm drain in the sidewalk. But what's underneath makes all the difference.

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Drought uncovers a golden lining for prospectors

Sacramento Bee

As California’s prolonged drought dries up irrigation supplies for agriculture and forces cutbacks in urban water deliveries, it also creates opportunities for prospectors and miners panning, sluicing, chiseling and diving for gold. Across the Mother Lode, gold seekers are wading into formerly deep waterways to harvest flecks from the pea gravel and sediment in long inaccessible crevices.

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