Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Rinse, repeat

California water bill likely to pass House, lose steam

This year's 170-page bill, for instance, repeals a San Joaquin River salmon-and-habitat restoration program, replacing it with something smaller.



An ambitious California water bill will pass a key House committee this week and soon will sail through the Republican-controlled House of Representatives on a near party-line vote. Then it will crash into the Senate, where negotiators may or may not be able to craft a package acceptable to enough Democrats that it can become law. It's a familiar Capitol Hill script.


State OKs drought curb on Sacramento River flows

Sacramento Bee

California regulators have given final approval to a controversial drought plan to restrict the flow of water out of Lake Shasta this summer in a bid to preserve an endangered fish species. The plan will effectively deprive downstream farmers of as much as 250,000 acre-feet of water during the crucial months of the growing season.


Farmers vs. fish: Water war heats up with probe

Washington Post

The Klamath Basin, the site of some of the fiercest environmental wars over water in recent years, is now the subject of a federal investigation into millions of dollars that whistleblowers say were intended to secure water for drought-stricken fish but flowed instead to farmers and ranchers.

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