Monday, July 10, 2017

Toxic taps

Getting to the roots of California's drinking water woes

Toxic taps: The fight for water, health and equity in California's Central Valley and beyond. WATER DEEPLY

Water Deeply

Water Deeply

California's five-year drought made worldwide headlines as wells went dry and thousands were left without water. But many of those whose taps still flow face an even more insidious threat. The epicenter of this catastrophe is in the San Joaquin Valley, where 200,000 people have struggled to obtain clean, safe water for decades. This special series looks at the root causes of the safe drinking water crisis in California, how communities are organizing for change and what more needs to be done.

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Supreme decision: Special water rights for tribes?

Palm Springs Desert Sun

The U.S. Supreme Court has never ruled on whether Indian tribes hold special rights to the groundwater beneath their reservations, and the court will now have a chance to settle the question in a case that could redraw the lines in water disputes across the country. The case revolves around whether the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians has a federally established "reserved right" to groundwater on its reservation in Palm Springs.

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Climate scientists predict wet future for California

UPI

Climate scientists now expect California to experience more rain in the coming decades, contrary to the predictions of previous climate models. Most scientists agree that California, like most places, will get warmer through the end of the century. And until now, most agreed California would get drier. New research out of UC Riverside, however, suggests otherwise.

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