Wednesday, July 13, 2016

At a crossroad

Drought may be easing, but fight over water persists

"Changing Demands and Water Supply Uncertainty in California." HOUSE.gov

House.gov

McClatchy

The House of Representatives will vote this week on whether to retain farmer-friendly California water provisions in an Interior Department funding bill. Whether this vehicle succeeds where others have failed will probably be known only after the November elections. "California is at yet another crossroads," Ara Azhderian, water policy chief for the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority, told a House panel Tuesday.

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Bill to shed light on who lobbies powerful agency

Sacramento Bee

Responding to the deeply divisive firing of former California Coastal Commission head Charles Lester, legislators announced Tuesday a bill requiring paid consultants who lobby the agency to register with the state and disclose their clients. lobbyists who weigh in on bills or state regulations must register publicly, the same is not true for matters before the Coastal Commission.

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Latest WRF reports showcase utility innovations

Water Research Foundation

The Water Research Foundation has published two projects on innovative methods to pursue water conservation and energy recovery. The water conservation project explored the use "smart" irrigation controllers to prevent over-irrigation. The energy recovery project investigated in-line hydrokinetic turbines.

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