Thursday, July 13, 2017

Water battle II

California water bill passes House, but Democrats vow to fight it in the Senate; plus, reactions to bill's passage

The bill overhauls federal regulations and permitting procedures that supporters say have hamstrung California and other states in the West that have faced persistent drought concerns. THE HILL / Getty Images

The Hill

Los Angeles Times & Maven's Notebook

Some of California's decisions about how to use its water would be relegated to the federal government under a bill passed Wednesday by the House. The Gaining Responsibility on Water Act was approved in the House by a 230-190 vote largely along party lines. The bill now moves to the Senate, where Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris have already stated their opposition.


Why 1 million Californians lack safe, clean water

Water Deeply

It's no easy task for Woodville, a small rural community in eastern Tulare County, to ensure that there's enough clean water for its 1,800 people. Many of the water systems in the Central Valley are simply too small to have the economic, technical and institutional capacity to treat their drinking water.


L.A. took their water, but Owens Valley fights back

Los Angeles Times

A century ago, agents from Los Angeles converged on the Owens Valley on a secret mission. They figured out who owned water rights in the lush valley and began quietly purchasing land. This scheme became an essential piece of California history and the subject of the classic 1974 film "Chinatown." But now, the Owens Valley is trying to rectify this dark moment in its history.