Thursday, July 27, 2017

Picking up the pace

Flood-safety projects to be fast-tracked under new bill

Under the bill, a state agency would have 30 days to consider a request for an expedited permit. If an expedited process is granted, the agency would have another 60 days to approve or deny the permit. SACRAMENTO BEE

Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

Work to strengthen Oroville Dam, shore up downstream levees and other types of flood-prevention projects would be eligible for fast-tracked state approval under new legislation lawmakers will consider when they return from summer recess next month. The measure would make several categories of projects "to maintain human life safety" eligible for expedited permitting and approval. The current permitting process for high-priority projects often leads to delays.

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Unlikely allies unite to solve drinking water crisis

Water Deeply

People in such low-income, primarily Latino towns in California's farm belt are saddled with water supplies chronically contaminated with agricultural pesticides, arsenic and other toxins. A new bill, introduced by state Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel), is backed by the unlikely alliance of environmental justice groups and agriculture – two sides that have often sparred over environmental regulations.

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Governor signs students' water conservation bill

Orange County Register

An award-winning middle school project by four female students on water conservation has become law. Assembly Bill 1343, which encourages partnerships between California school districts and public water systems, was signed Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown. The bill allows water suppliers that offer water efficiency rebates to commercial and industrial users to also include K-12 schools.

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