Monday, Oct. 24, 2016

Tunnel alternative

Some critics of the Delta water project say allowing flooding in the San Joaquin Valley is a better option

The historic Tulare Lake, as shown on a map from 1873, was once the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River. Some advocates believe that allowing periodic floods to revive the lake could ease water shortages in the San Joaquin Valley. DAVID RUMSEY HISTORICAL MAP COLLECTION

Water Deeply

Water Deeply

When California officials got serious about building two giant tunnels to divert freshwater out of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, it didn't take critics long to propose alternatives. One of the first was a grass-roots scheme that, at first, seemed radical and counterintuitive. But with fresh attention on the state's serious groundwater problems amid an ongoing drought, the idea no longer seems outlandish.


State demands that farmers fix nitrate problem

Fresno Bee

A state water agency has told some farmers in Tulare County that their operations caused nitrates to get into drinking water, and that the contamination must be replaced with a clean source. If the farmers don't do it voluntarily, the state will order them to do so, the enforcement division of the State Water Resources Control Board says in a confidential letter obtained by The Bee.


Boy registers neighbors to vote because, water

KQED San Francisco

11-year-old Isaiah Rocha Morales is pretty typical for a kid his age. But Isaiah's more focused these days, thanks to an unexpected outcome of the California drought. The water shortage in his Tulare County community has inspired a group of young activists to knock on doors to register voters. In the June primary, fewer than 100 voters his tiny town cast ballots.

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