Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Water windfall

Is California sitting on the solution to its epic drought?

Exploring California's Water Resources with Deep  Groundwater. STANFORD UNIVERSITY

Stanford

Stanford University, Circle of Blue & Washington Post

California's drought-stricken Central Valley harbors three times more groundwater than previously estimated, Stanford scientists say in a new study released Monday. Accessing this water in an economically feasible way and safeguarding it from contamination from oil and gas activities, however, will be challenging. The resource amounts to 2,700 billion tons of freshwater, mostly less than about 3,250 feet deep.

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Update on the Water Storage Investment Program

Maven's Notebook

At this month's meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, Joseph Yun of the California Water Commission updated the council on the storage program's statutory requirements, program status and a summary of received concept papers for potential storage projects. A day earlier, Yun discussed possible changes to the draft regulations with the California Water Commission.

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State, counties grapple with historic tree die-off

San Diego Union-Tribune

As wildfires burn in Southern California, a debate is smoldering about what to do with millions of dead and dying trees — which have been ravaged by drought and beetle species up and down the state. Some scientists have cautioned against too aggressively pruning back the forest.

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