Monday, Aug. 31, 2015

A future of dams

Floodgates open to add barriers to combat drought

A boat passes through the spot where Temperance Flat Dam would be built on Millerton Lake in Fresno County, near Friant. LEAH MILLS / San Francisco Chronicle

S.F. Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

Driven by drought, California stands ready to build a water system for the 21st century. Ideas are flowing: Conservation, recycling, desalination, aquifer recharge, floodplain restoration, stormwater capture. But the biggest, most expensive, most popular item of all is the foundation of the 20th century water system — dams. Even if El Niño rains bring a bounty of water to the state this winter, the momentum for dam building is unlikely to fade.

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Time for another water bond? Draft being floated

Sacramento Bee

It hasn't been a year since Californians approved a $7.5 billion water bond. But with drought still ravaging the state — and Democratic-heavy turnout expected in November 2016 — a former Brown administration official is mulling asking voters to approve a follow-up measure to "fund programs which were not funded or were underfunded" in the water bond last year.

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Historic climate change bills go down to the wire

San Jose Mercury News

With the deadline for lawmakers to finish their work less than two weeks away, Gov. Jerry Brown and state Senate leader Kevin de León are working feverishly to pass what they call the year's most important legislation — measures that both men believe will enhance their political legacies. The bills would dramatically reduce the state's reliance on oil and help to combat climate change.

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