Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017

Push for storage

A dozen water projects vie for $2.7 billion in funding

Ranchland in the middle of the proposed Sites Reservoir in Maxwell. BAY AREA NEWS GROUP

Bay Area News Group

Mercury News

During the drought, Californians often asked why the state wasn't building more reservoirs. On Tuesday, the state began taking a major step toward that goal, unveiling a list of 12 new water projects — from massive new dams in the north to expanded groundwater banks in the south — that will compete for $2.7 billion in state bond funding. The California Water Commission will decide by June which projects will receive Proposition 1 bond funding.


Why nutrient pollution may be a threat to S.F. Bay

Water Deeply

Nutrients — such as nitrogen — are essential to life, but an overabundance can mean trouble for waterways. Take Chesapeake Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, which are infamous for their "dead zones." Nitrogen is high in the San Francisco Bay as well, but so far the bay has escaped the catastrophic effects of nutrient pollution. That may be about to change.


'A way of life': Permanent limits for lawn watering

Sacramento Bee

The drought may be over, but Sacramento residents will still have to limit their watering. The Sacramento City Council voted 6-3 on Tuesday to make permanent twice-a-week sprinkler restrictions — perhaps the most stringent in the region. Most other cities in the area have relaxed their drought-era requirements; one district has removed restrictions on watering altogether.