Friday, Aug. 19, 2016

Pivotal moment

The biggest state water decision you've never heard of

California's second largest river, the San Joaquin, goes completely dry in places. JOSH CASSIDY / KQED

KQED

KQED San Francisco

Many of California's farmers, facing severe water cutbacks yet again this year, are blaming the hand they've been dealt on environmental protections for endangered fish. The protections limit how much water can be taken up by the huge pumps that serve much of the state. But there's another root of the problem, often overlooked, that controls both the state's water supply and the fate of endangered fish: the San Joaquin River.

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Another step for homeowner drought relief bill

Fresno Bee

A bill to let drought-stricken homeowners seek state grants or low-interest loans for water and wastewater projects has passed the state Senate and is now in the Assembly. If AB 1588 becomes law, it could help homeowners whose wells have gone dry. Current law only provides funding for public water systems and communities.

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Sen. Boxer calls for quicker action on Salton Sea

Palm Springs Desert Sun

Sen. Barbara Boxer called for urgent steps to fix the deteriorating Salton Sea, saying state and federal agencies need to speed up efforts to control dust and protect habitat as California's largest lake declines. Boxer visited an expanse of dry, dusty lakebed on the south shore Thursday and talked with federal wildlife officials about their plans to build 500 acres of wetlands along the receding shoreline.

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