Monday, July 11, 2016

Compromise unlikely

State water bill fight is percolating again on Capitol Hill

"Things are on hold for the moment," Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, said Friday, adding that "I don't think we're going to see a compromise" for at least several months. JOSE LUIS VILLEGAS / Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee


California water will retake the Capitol Hill stage in coming days, with compromise nowhere in sight. Deep into a largely arid legislative season, lawmakers will again reflect on the state's drought as early as today and wrangle over efforts to address it. A hearing and one or two votes in the House — whose outcomes are effectively preordained — will expose the divisions that endure.


Latest suit challenges Delta pumping restrictions

Sacramento Bee

In a failed effort to protect endangered fish, the federal government decided to default to restricting the giant pumps at the bottom of the Delta without proper study . So argues a lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Sacramento by a powerful consortium of water agencies. They’re hoping for a larger share of Delta water.


Water for pot grows will be, like, totally regulated

Water Deeply

Within less than a year, as many as 50,000 marijuana growers in California could be required to obtain state permits for the irrigation water they consume. It is an unprecedented step aimed at preventing harm to the environment and other water users resulting from the rapid growth of marijuana cultivation in the state.

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