Monday, Nov. 9, 2015

New storage script

An underground movement to bank El Niño's rainfall

Gary Serrato, general manager of the Fresno Irrigation District, looks to the skies on a rare wet morning while he talks about the aquifer recharge project at the Boswell Groundwater Banking Facility, where water is "banked" in open, flat fields. MARK BOSTER / Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

The Boswell Groundwater Banking Facility is one of four groundwater banking projects the Fresno Irrigation District has built to supplement supplies and corral floodwaters that otherwise would disappear downstream. Across the state, long-standing proposals for costly new dams and reservoirs remain in play. But interest is also surging in projects such as the Boswell bank that are rewriting the standard storage script.

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Tunnels meet flurry of criticism: Will it matter?

Sacramento Bee

Gov. Jerry Brown's response to the latest volley of opposition to his plan to divert water under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta lacked the cheekiness he exhibited in May, when he playfully told his critics to "shut up." Last week, he accused opponents of doing a "profound disservice to California’s future," but the subtext was the same: No matter how difficult the financing or loud resistance to the project may grow, the fourth-term governor is plowing ahead.

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State leads the way as water tech patents surge

Water Technology

A new study has found that water-related technology patents are on the increase in California, with 137 registered in 2014. The majority of these covered water treatment technologies, while advances also were made in water supply networks and efficiency measures.

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