Wednesday, July 22, 2015

'Last resort'

Santa Barbara to spend $55M on desalination plant

Filtration tanks at Santa Barbara's Charles E. Meyer Desalination Plant. BRUCE van der BRUG / Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Santa Barbara City Council members on Tuesday unanimously approved spending $55 million to reactivate a mothballed desalination plant that could provide the city with nearly a third of its drinking water. The facility was built in the 1990s, but closed in 1992 when desperation for water subsided. The plant was never used beyond a testing period.

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Groundwater pumping = Valley bridges sinking

KFSN Fresno

The drought and the cutoff of water from state and federal sources has forced Valley farmers to pump record amounts of well water on their crops. This has led to the ground above the depleted water aquifer to collapse or subside, by up to two feet a year in some parts of the Central Valley.

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$18M funding for workers jobless from drought

Fresno Bee

The Department of Labor announced Monday that up to $18 million in grant funding will go to California to provide work for the 18,000 people estimated to have lost jobs because of the drought, with $3 million released initially.

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