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.


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.


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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