Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016

Pay up, court rules

State ordered to reimburse for stormwater inspections

California Supreme Court requires state to fund local stormwater programs. BBK LAW

BBK Law

San Francisco Chronicle

The state may have to pick up the tab for many millions of dollars spent by water agencies to inspect sites for storm drain pollution and clean up any debris, based on a ruling Monday by the California Supreme Court. The 4-3 decision rejected state officials' main argument: that they ordered the local cleanup efforts to comply with federal law.

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Bill to speed up water storage in Assembly today

Marysville Appeal-Democrat

A bill to expedite construction on water storage projects such as the Sites Reservoir, passed last week by the state Senate, is up for review today in the Assembly. The legislation would allow water storage projects to "utilize alternative delivery methods for procurement."

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Study: Climate change has less impact on drought

Phys.org

A new study from UC Irvine and the University of Washington shows water conserved by plants under high CO2 conditions compensates for much of the effect of warmer temperatures, retaining more water on land than predicted in commonly used drought assessments.

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