Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017

Autumn draw

Feds ease rules, OK plan to pump more Delta water

California water users asked federal officials to ease protections this fall for endangered fish that live in the Sacramento Delta and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed. ERIK ANDERSON / KPBS San Diego

KPBS

Sacramento Bee & KPBS San Diego

Federal fisheries regulators Wednesday approved a controversial plan that allows for more pumping from the Delta, beginning next week. State water users asked to ease protections for endangered fish this fall, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed. Now, an additional 400,000 acre-feet – around 130 billion gallons – of water can be shipped through the Delta to farms and cities in the Silicon Valley, Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley.

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Building a diverse regional water supply portfolio

Maven's Notebook

California's modern history is written in gold mining, railroads, and most recently, the development of water. Although many factors affect the state's water supplies, the good news is that many actions can be taken. The key is in building a diverse portfolio of water supplies that minimizes potential impacts and increases supply reliability under a variety of operational and hydrologic conditions.

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For Hawaii, 2017 has been anything but normal

WeatherNation.com

The climate of the islands of Hawaii and the Pacific is often characterized by iconic scenes of warm, sandy beaches, blue skies and swaying palm trees. However, these scenes can be dramatically transformed when sea levels become anomalously high or low, and drought or heavy rains impact local food supplies. In other words, there can be climate trouble even in paradise.

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