Monday, Aug. 10, 2015

Eager, but wary

Price, risk weigh heavily on farmers who would draw from Delta tunnels; urban agencies more supportive

Delta tunnels project funders. SACRAMENTO BEE

Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

Grape and pistachio farmer Mike Stearns is something of a big deal in California water circles, leader of a regional agency that operates a critical piece of the state’s man-made plumbing system. But in this humbling fourth year of drought, Stearns can barely irrigate half of his Fresno County farm. But as much as he likes Gov. Brown's tunnels concept, Stearns isn’t sure it makes financial sense.

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Innovation is blooming at water-wise urban farms

Los Angeles Times

As California moves through its fourth summer of drought, cutting back on water use means shorter showers, fuller dishwashers and drier lawns for most people living in urban areas. But for small farms nestled between city streets, saving water means recycling it — and finding new ways to keep plants alive without wasting the precious liquid.

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Amid drought, think tanks warn of U.S. eco-deficit

Water Online

The U.S. fiscal deficit gets voters riled up all over the country. Can an "ecological deficit" do the same? The nation reached a milestone last month: It hit an ecological deficit, according to a new paper by a pair of think tanks. Water scarcity, drought, and rapid use of water resources are chief parts of the problem.

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