Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tunnel talks

Dissent brews over governor's $16 billion water project

The plan would add three new points of diversion that would move water around the Delta and to pumps near Tracy for transport to southern parts of the state. CENTRAL VALLEY BUSINESS JOURNAL

Business Journal

San Francisco Chronicle & Maven's Notebook

Today in Sacramento, state regulators are set to begin about six months of hearings on whether a rural town's riverbanks are an appropriate place to draw water from the Sacramento River. While the question hinges on a handful of technical issues, the meetings mark the first real public debate on the project and are certain to stoke broader concerns about who's getting California's precious water — and who's not.

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Fight fire with fire: State considers new strategies

San Diego Union-Tribune

California's forests could benefit from more fires, say scientists and state officials tasked with protecting people and property from high-intensity blazes. Gov. Brown's office recently held the first in what's expected to be a series of private meetings to discuss how to prevent massive blazes in the face of climate change and drought.

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Damaged watersheds linked to treatment costs

Washington Post

The human footprint on the environment may have affected one of the Earth's most precious resources — our drinking water — in a major way throughout the last century, according to new research that suggests that population growth and land use changes since 1900 have increased pollution in urban watersheds and driven up the cost of water treatment in the process.

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