Friday, July 22, 2016

Land surveys OK

Top court rules in favor of Gov. Brown's water project

The two tunnel project would install four-story high pipes underneath the ground for 35 miles, taking thousands of gallons of water a second from the Delta to cities and farmland in the southern regions of the state. AndNowUKnow.com

And Now U Know

Los Angeles Times & Stockton Record

The California Supreme Court cleared the way Thursday for state water authorities to do environmental and geological testing on private land for a proposed project to divert Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta water to the south. In a defeat for Delta landowners, the court ruled that government officials need not go through a formal eminent domain process before they can survey private property for the $15 billion twin tunnels.

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Forecasters back away from La Niña predictions

San Francisco Chronicle

Federal forecasters said Thursday that La Niña is still likely to develop, though its probability and potential strength are both down. Those calculations may ease some fears about another dry winter for California, but they mostly leave climate experts with little agreement on whether the state's drought picture will improve.

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Study: A cost-effective path to drought resiliency

Stanford University

Strained by drought in recent years, California desperately needs more resilient water supplies. An affordable solution that provides a wide range of benefits is within reach, according to a new Stanford study. The process, known as "managed aquifer recharge," or MAR, can incorporate co-benefits such as flood control, improved water quality and wetland habitat protection.

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