Monday, July 18, 2016

Legislative flurry

Water provisions would affect California, draw criticism

Water legislation in Congress would affect federally managed reservoirs such as the Pine Flat Reservoir east of Fresno. JOHN WALKER / Fresno Bee

Fresno Bee

McClatchy

California has a stake in a sprawling public lands package moving through the Senate, including controversial water provisions that don't even name the state. The package includes expanding one national historic site honoring famed conservationist John Muir. But a water bill inevitably is proving far trickier, squeaking through the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and facing an uncertain future.

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Research project to study impacts on watersheds

Daily Californian

Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory received $20 million from the Department of Energy last week to lead a three-year research project in the Upper Colorado River Basin, where they will study the processes that influence water availability and water quality as a result of climate change.

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Kaiser to pay for Petaluma's recycled water pipes

Petaluma Argus-Courier

Kaiser Permanente will pay most of the cost to bring Petaluma's recycled water irrigation system to its Lakeville Highway campus, an unprecedented public-private project that comes as the city makes a broader push to expand the drought-friendly technology. The pipeline delivers highly treated wastewater from the city's Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility, which can be used for irrigation.

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