Friday, Oct. 30, 2015

What lies beneath

Stanford maps take the guesswork out of well drilling

"Medical imaging has revolutionized our approach to human health. This lets us do the same thing for groundwater, probing very deep," said Stanford geophysicist Rosemary Knight, who is leading the effort. BAY AREA NEWS GROUP

Bay Area News Group

San Jose Mercury News

In the drought-ravaged Central Valley, scientists are using a new imaging technology to find trapped water, hidden hundreds of feet underground. The Stanford University-led project, the first of its type in California, aims to take the guesswork out of well drilling — and guiding restoration of groundwater supplies once winter rains start to fall.


State cuts water use 26%, but 4 cities earn fines

San Francisco Chronicle & Sacramento Bee

UPDATE: Californians slashed their water use 26 percent in September, meeting Gov. Brown's goal of 25 percent for the fourth straight month. But not all communities did well. State officials announced their first fines against cities that haven't met their mandates.


Oakland thrives with better care for water, energy

Circle of Blue

PART TWO: The city's two disasters — the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and the 1991 Oakland Hills fire — and the decisions about recovery and reconstruction, started a deeper civic discourse about Oakland's well-being and the use of public spending. In a remarkable series of policy steps, Oakland went to work on itself. >> READ PART ONE

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