Thursday, July 20, 2017

New chief

Governor taps Sonoma water leader to head the DWR

Grant Davis would succeed former DWR Director Mark Cowin, who retired late last year along with the agency's chief deputy director, Carl Torgersen. SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT

Press Democrat

Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Grant Davis, general manager of the Sonoma County Water Agency, was tapped Wednesday by Gov. Brown as the new director for the Department of Water Resources. Davis, 54, has led the county water agency since 2010 and is set to begin in his new post in August. Davis said there's "a long way to go" to address the state's water demand and a need to "find a balance" between water supplies and protection of "habitat and fisheries."

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$124 million investment for OCWD water system

Orange County Register

An internationally recognized purification system credited with turning wastewater into drinkable water will begin the final stage of expansion with a $124 million EPA investment. Orange County's Groundwater Replenishment System will grow by 30 million gallons per day, to a total of 130 million gallons, that will provide nearly half of Orange County communities with 85 percent of their water.

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Water plan derails for long-suffering Valley towns

Water Deeply

Fresh Sierra mountain snowmelt would make a better drink of water for rural Tulare County folk who rely on wells tainted by fertilizers, leaky septic systems and decades-old pesticide residues. But political infighting has stalled an innovative project that would have helped seven towns share a water treatment plant.

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