Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016

Debate simmers

Turlock water leaders reject unimpaired river flow plan

TID leaders warned that the doubling of reservoir releases for fish would force farmers to increase groundwater pumping and could mean no Tuolumne River water at all in dry years. JOAN BARNETT-LEE / Modesto Bee

Bee

Modesto Bee & Stockton Record

Four of the five board members at the Turlock Irrigation District voted Tuesday against the state's proposed boost in Valley river flows, while the fifth board member was in Sacramento to press the same case. A state official, though, defended plans to permanently allow more water to remain in the San Joaquin River and its tributaries in an effort to help struggling fish species.

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Delta legislators say they strongly oppose tunnels

Maven's Notebook

A group of a dozen Delta representatives has filed a letter with the State Water Resources Control Board voicing its "strong opposition" to the California Water Fix project. The legislators say that the proposed Delta tunnels project does nothing to achieve co-equal goals and instead will exacerbate the Delta's many problems.

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State's water conservation slipping, official says

Associated Press

Water conservation continues to slip in drought-stricken California after officials lifted mandatory cutbacks, officials said ahead of formally releasing the figures later today. Californians' water conservation remained steady at 20 percent in July, just one percentage point below June's savings of 21 percent.

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