Friday, June 26, 2015

Ambitious bill

House Republicans revive California water wish list

Legislation introduced Thursday would speed studies for five water storage projects, including a new reservoir at Temperance Flat. MARK CROSSE / Fresno Bee

Fresno Bee


U.S. House Republicans are swinging for the fences with an ambitious new, but familiar, California water bill introduced Thursday. After whiffing last Congress, GOP lawmakers are hoping the political climate is more congenial for their 170-page package that once again includes hot-button items like scaling back a San Joaquin River restoration program. See how legislators and organizations reacted to the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015.


Los Angeles DWP unveils plan to capture runoff

Los Angeles Times

After four years of drought, unprecedented restrictions on urban water use and steady increases in the cost of imported water, officials in Los Angeles and other cities are now looking at stormwater runoff as more than just a flood risk. At a public hearing Thursday, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will present its Stormwater Capture Master Plan.


Central Valley's dry wells multiply in summer heat

Circle of Blue

Some wells gurgle and hiss before they die. Others expire with a puff of sand. Either way, the result is the same: no more running water. The rate of drinking well failures is rising again in California, as the state's drought emergency begins a hot, unpleasant summer. Thousands of residents, most of whom live in the Central Valley, live without working faucets and showers.

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