Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

Capitol ideas

New bills ease funding, improve accounting for water

The new laws are designed to improve access to funding and strengthen existing tools for improving the way California manages water. PPIC

PPIC

Public Policy Institute of California

This was a busy year for water policy in the California Legislature. Gov. Jerry Brown signed more than a dozen bills affecting the way we manage water. The bills cover a wide range of issues, from funding water infrastructure to reporting on new groundwater wells in overdrafted basins. Paying for water emerged as a major theme. Here's a summary of the newly signed bills.

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Toxic runoff: Sonoma officials in race against rain

Santa Rosa Press Democrat

With ash blanketing much of Sonoma County, environmentalists are turning their efforts to debris removal in a race against the rainy season. Their primary concern: protecting the watershed from toxic runoff. As the fire roared through Santa Rosa, car batteries, couches, carpets, plastics — all things that shouldn't burn — did.

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Napa wildfires bring challenges to water quality

Napa Valley Register

Napa County's recent spate of wildfires is that rare case when fire can hurt water. Communities must deal with potentially water-fouling ash and erosion in coming months. The city of Napa, Calistoga, Yountville and the Veterans Home of California at Yountville all saw fires burn up to the shores of their reservoirs.

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