Monday, July 20, 2015

Rights skirmish

Delta dispute raises urgent question: Whose water is it?

Growers say their water rights authorize taking what they need for crops. RANDALL BENTON / Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

As California’s blue-green reservoirs are drained brown during this historic drought, Delta property owners essentially are being accused of stealing. Both sides in the controversy have a heavy stake in how state regulators respond to the complaint. The case marks yet another angry skirmish in the tug of war over California’s depleted water reserves.

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Climate change bill could set a global example

Los Angeles Times

When Gov. Jerry Brown visits the Vatican this week for an international conference, he'll be carrying a resolution from state lawmakers supporting Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change. Brown hopes the Legislature will send an even stronger message later this year by passing new environmental rules aimed at helping California slash greenhouse-gas emissions.

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New apps take a much closer look at water use

Riverside Press-Enterprise

When it comes to watching water use as California's four-year drought drags into midsummer, water districts statewide are turning to software apps that show both customers and utilities gallon-by-gallon details unavailable a few years ago.

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