Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015

Stormy standoff

Congressional Republicans demand plan for collecting El Niño water, ask Gov. Brown, Obama to offer solutions

The Ventura County Fairgrounds is flooded after an El Niño storm. CARLOS CHAVEZ / Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

The Republican members of California's delegation are demanding a government plan to store the deluge of water that could come with El Niño this winter. Fourteen GOP lawmakers will send a letter to President Obama and Gov. Jerry Brown today, asking for specifics about how federal and state agencies expect to capture, save and transport water from the expected winter storms.

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Commission OKs SGMA basin boundary rules

Association of California Water Agencies

The California Water Commission on Wednesday approved the Department of Water Resources' emergency regulations for modifying groundwater basin and subbasin boundaries. The regulations must be processed by the Office of Administrative Law but are expected to take effect Jan. 1, 2016 as required by SGMA.

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Low flows show drought taking its toll on Yosemite

KRON San Francisco

The rivers and streams in Yosemite National Park are very low, and there is virtually no snowpack left in the mountains. The most obvious signs of dry conditions are in the rivers and streams, especially the Merced River. The park's two big waterfalls, Yosemite and Bridal Veil, dried up earlier in the summer than usual, although both have temporarily reappeared this week.

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