Monday, June 29, 2015

Opening the books

California's records on well drilling will be made public

Workers with Belknap Pump Company drill for a new well in last year in Seville, a community in Tulare County in the Central Valley. RON HOLMAN / Visalia Times-Delta

Desert Sun

Palm Springs Desert Sun & Sacramento Bee

California is about to dramatically increase the amount of information it makes public about groundwater. Under new legislation signed by Gov. Brown, the state will begin making available well drilling reports that have been kept confidential for decades. But because of privacy concerns, it's not clear whether the public will get to see the precise locations of the thousands of wells.

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Parched farmers hope to tap cities' wastewater

KQED San Francisco & Fresno Bee

Facing record-low water supplies and a dry summer ahead, some California farmers are getting creative in looking for new sources of water. In one community, they're planning to buy water from cities — after it's already been used. Elsewhere, a growing number of farmers are using technology to make every drop of water count.

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In a water-scarce West, who will be hit hardest?

The Conversation

Earlier this year, experts from the fields of water policy, climate science, history and hydrology convened to consider the prospect of a drier future in the West. One of the main questions asked was: Who will be affected first when taps dry up? And if water authorities need to turn off the tap, how will they decide where and when?

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