Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

Talks shut off

Sen. Feinstein pulls the plug on high-stakes water deal

Farmer Craig Hornung of Visalia walks parched earth in a citrus grove near Seville in Tulare County. JOHN WALKER/Fresno Bee

Fresno Bee

McClatchy

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California on Thursday pulled the plug on secret, high-stakes negotiations over a water bill for her drought-plagued state, saying she and fellow lawmakers will try again next year. Feinstein's unexpected move ends, for now, what had become an increasingly contentious fight over ambitious drought-fighting legislation whose details few people have seen.

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Water supply: You can't store what isn't there

UC Davis

California's approval of a $7.5 billion water bond has bolstered prospects for expanding reservoirs and groundwater storage, but the drought-prone state can effectively use no more than a 15 percent increase in surface water storage capacity because of lack of water to fill it, according to a new analysis.

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San Jose already recycling wastewater for drinking

KABC Los Angeles

San Diego just gave the green light to spend more than $2 billion to turn wastewater into drinking water. In San Jose, a purification plant is already proving the concept works. The Valley Water District and the cities of San Jose and Santa Clara are producing 8 million gallons of purified water a day at the plant.

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