Friday, Nov. 4, 2016

Modest dent

October rains lift 12% of state out of drought status

Estimated Population in Drought Areas: 33,212,491. U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR

U.S. Drought Monitor

Sacramento Bee

October's rains put a modest dent in California's drought, leaving the state in its best shape in more than three years. The U.S. Drought Monitor showed that 12 percent of California, all in the north, is now considered drought-free. Much of the state, though, remains gripped by a drought that's entering its sixth year. About 43 percent of the state is in either "extreme" or "exceptional" drought.

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Yee: Valley could be a hub for water-saving tech

Fresno Bee

State Controller Betty Yee on Thursday encouraged Central Valley entrepreneurs to build a healthy business community that would rival other well-known technology and science hubs in the state. "You don't need to be Silicon Valley to look for opportunities," Yee said as the keynote speaker for the Central Valley Venture Forum.

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Judge delays ruling on water quality standards

Courthouse News Service

A federal judge Thursday refused the EPA's request to dismiss a claim that it failed to review changes California made to its water quality standards during its ongoing drought, but asked both sides for more information. In April, three groups accused the EPA of shirking its mandatory duty under the Clean Water Act.

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