Monday, Sept. 19, 2016

Gloves off, again

A plan to keep rivers flowing for fish triggers a new fight

Emilio Alcantar, 49, uses suction to pull water into a tube as part of the furrow irrigation process for 90 acres of tomatoes on Bowles Farming Co. land July 24, 2014 in Los Banos. LEAH MILLS / San Francisco Chronicle

SF Chronicle

Los Angeles Times

State regulators want to leave more water for fish and wildlife in the heavily tapped tributaries of the San Joaquin River, setting the stage for another bruising California water fight. The draft proposal to keep more water flowing in the Merced, Tuolumne and Stanislaus rivers could spread the pain caused by water cuts to irrigation districts and cities that have largely escaped them.

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Rialto water plant likely to make cleanup history

San Bernardino Sun

Day and night, tiny microbes are working to clean up perchlorate and nitrates from contaminated groundwater in the Colton-Rialto water basin. Rialto's West Valley Water District this week will likely make environmental cleanup history by shipping water directly to customers from a $23 million specialized treatment plant.

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Toxic algae troubles many lakes and waterways

East Bay Times

California has a growing problem with cyanobacteria, a naturally occurring substance that has blossomed like a slimy weed to infect more than 40 state lakes and waterways stretching from San Jose to Redding to Los Angeles. It is the highest count ever and double the 22 reported last year, according to officials.

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