Monday, Aug. 17, 2015

The next drought

State water officials endorse a 'less is more' strategy

The Inland Empire Utilities Agency in Rancho Cucamonga has laid infrastructure for large-scale recycling projects, including the world’s largest indoor composting facility, situated in a former Ikea warehouse. WALLY SKALIJ / Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Mindful that only nature can whip a drought, those who study and manage water in California are focused not on the current epic, but on better preparing the state for the next drought — and the drought after that and the drought after that. Gone will be the massive projects to battle water shortages, replaced by incremental measures designed to do more with what nature provides.

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Land deal aims to boost water supply, reduce fires

San Jose Mercury News

More than 10,000 acres of scenic meadows, forests and trout streams in the Sierra Nevada west of Lake Tahoe have been preserved in a deal in which environmentalists hope to prove that thinning overgrown forests can increase California's water supply.

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Time for the next turnaround on San Joaquin River

Fresno Bee

More than six decades after their deaths, the San Joaquin River and chinook salmon slowly are coming back to life in an unprecedented, hard-fought revival. The trick in restoring this dried river is making water turn around and run uphill to be used on farms. It already has happened in the 6-year-old restoration, but it's about to become a lot tougher and even more political than before.

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