Thursday, June 30, 2016

Drops that divide

Shasta water plan has no cutbacks to farmers, for now

For more than a month, federal agencies have battled behind the scenes over how to balance the needs of California farms and two endangered fish species whose populations have been decimated by years of drought and environmental decline. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

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Sacramento Bee

After weeks of uncertainty and pressure from members of Congress, federal officials Wednesday announced a plan for managing water releases from California's largest reservoir this summer in a manner that will not involve cutbacks in farm water deliveries — at least if all goes as hoped. The proposal is less drastic than what was considered earlier, and marked a victory for farm interests and a significant about-face for fisheries officials.

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$250M plan to treat water, remove chromium-6

Palm Springs Desert Sun

The Coachella Valley Water District has approved a plan to start building treatment plants to remove the potentially hazardous heavy metal chromium-6 from drinking water, the district's costliest infrastructure project ever. They estimate it will cost $250 million to erect small treatment plants for nearly a third of the district’s 92 wells in communities from Thermal to Rancho Mirage.

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Stanford's steps to better manage groundwater

Stanford University

After decades of dysfunction that have exacerbated chronic water problems, historic groundwater legislation has brought California to the cusp of a new era of water management. Meeting the law's goals will require overcoming stubborn systemic obstacles, according to a report by researchers at Stanford's Water in the West program and the Gould Center for Conflict Resolution at the Stanford Law School.

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