Friday, Nov. 18, 2016

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Kern groups work to keep local control of groundwater

Crowded meeting at the Kern Ag Pavilion discussing sustainable groundwater management. MATT BOONE @MattBoone 29

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KBAK Bakersfield

A large crowd Thursday packed into the Kern County Farm Bureau Pavilion to hear state regulators discuss new groundwater regulations. The first major deadline is coming up in June; by then, water districts that pump groundwater must create a patchwork of independent but unified Groundwater Sustainability Agencies. If they miss the deadline, then they will report directly to the state.

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Conference in Chico maps out water issues ahead

Chico Enterprise-Record

"We need to start a statewide dialogue on water," Dave Wenger, keynote speaker Thursday at the AquAlliance Water Conference, which continues today in Chico. California needs high-level discussions about overall water problems, rather than solutions that target only specific areas of the state, Wenger said.

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Salton Sea wins $14M grant to aid migratory birds

Riverside Press-Enterprise

The California Wildlife Conservation Board has awarded $14 million for Salton Sea wetland habitat restoration to sustain migrating birds and the fish they eat there, state officials announced Thursday. The grant of voter-approved bond funds will be used by the Department of Water Resources to build about 640 acres of wetlands.

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