Monday, July 25, 2016

Crucial hearings

Delta tunnels plan enters critical make-or-break phase

State officials are launching a marathon series of hearings for the "twin tunnels," as they're known, that will ultimately decide the fate of the project. KQED San Francisco

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Sacramento Bee & KQED San Francisco

Still swirling in controversy, Gov. Jerry Brown's $15.5 billion re-engineering of the troubled Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is heading into a critical phase over the next year that could well decide if the project comes to fruition. Crunch time starts Tuesday, as the state water board begins months of public hearings on the details of Brown's proposed plan to burrow a pair of massive tunnels beneath the heart of the Delta.

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San Diego accelerates water recycling timeline

San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego is accelerating construction of its landmark water recycling system and making other changes that will save money, benefit the environment and make pipeline construction less disruptive. City officials plan to begin recycling 30 million gallons a day of sewage into drinking water by 2021, much quicker than a previous schedule calling for 15 mgd by 2023 and 30 mgd by 2027.

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Researchers to explore health effects of drought

Riverside Press-Enterprise

A lot is known about the economic consequences of California's drought. But the health impacts? Not so much, says a professor at UC Riverside. So Kurt Schwabe, a professor of environmental economics and policy, is going to try to find out whether several consecutive dry years make people sick.

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