Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Deal closes

MWD wraps up $175 million purchase of Delta islands

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California purchased these Delta islands, four of which already have pre-approved development plans. JOHN BLANCHARD / San Francisco Chronicle

S.F. Chronicle

Los Angeles Times & Sacramento Bee

California's powerful water supplier has completed the $175 million purchase of four islands and a chunk of a fifth in the heart of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, the ecologically sensitive region that's a key source of water for the Southland. The deal was finalized three days after the state Supreme Court turned aside legal efforts by San Joaquin County officials and others to block the acquisition.


Reclamation raises Friant water allocation to 75%

Fresno Bee

The Bureau of Reclamation announced Monday an agreement that will increase the federal water allocation for the Friant Division from 65 percent to 75 percent of contracted amounts. But unlike the early allocations, made available to avert flood control concerns, this latest supply was made possible by negotiating with Friant Division contractors, Kern County Water Agency and others.


Goats, sheep reducing fire risk one bite at a time


Although late summer and early fall typically carry the highest risk for wildfires, the number of acres of scorched land that California oversees is already up 60 percent from a year ago. To lessen the threat posed by the brittle underbrush and grass, landowners and the state are literally removing it bite by bite.

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