Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016

Ripple effect

Bay-Delta plan would shrink ag in Merced, report shows

Economic Impacts of Reduced Water Availability to 
Merced Irrigation District / CARDNO

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Merced Sun-Star

A state board's proposal to help fish populations by increasing water flows down the Merced River would hurt the local ag industry, according to a new report done for the Merced Irrigation District. If the State Water Resource Control Board's proposed Bay-Delta Plan is approved, the report predicts Merced County's economy would shrink by up to $231 million. An update to the Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan is expected to be released sometime this year.

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EBMUD water experiment finds broad support

Stockton Record

San Joaquin County took the first formal step Wednesday toward approving an innovative experiment to store water below ground and share a portion of it with Bay Area residents. Under the one-time deal, the East Bay Municipal Utility District would allow farmers to take a modest 1,000 acre-feet of water off the Mokelumne River to irrigate their crops. The district then would extract half of that underground water and ship it to the Bay Area.

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5 surprising winners during California's drought

Water Deeply

Five years of drought in California have meant raging wildfires, dying trees, falling groundwater, dry wells, threatened wildlife and economic losses. It's hard to imagine that there could be much to celebrate, but it turns out there are some people who are benefiting, even unintentionally, if you look closely enough.

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