Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017

Salty buildup

Panel discusses the pervasive problem of salinity and irrigated agriculture — and what can be done about it

If salts are not properly managed, it can pose a threat to human health as well as wildlife, and ruin once-productive agricultural lands. MAVEN'S NOTEBOOK

Maven's Notebook

Maven's Notebook

Salinity is a slow-moving but critical problem. About 4.5 million acres of irrigated cropland, primarily in the San Joaquin Valley, are affected. Although the problem is well-known and well-studied, effective and viable solutions remain elusive. Chris Austin reports on how water policy leaders are addressing this threat to California's water.

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How much water urban landscaping really uses

Water Deeply

In 2010, Los Angeles used enough water irrigating lawns to meet the needs of nearly a half-million average households for a year. That's according to a new study by scientists at the University of Utah, who conducted what they say is the first city-scale assessment of water consumed by landscaping.

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Report helps legislators better understand P3s

Infrastructure Report Card

Public-private partnerships (P3s) are increasingly becoming a recognized and tapped tool in the toolbox to fund infrastructure investments. To help further the conversation, the National Conference of State Legislatures released a new report during its annual conference on Monday in Boston.

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