Monday, Nov. 23, 2015

Tensions rise

State's new groundwater law faces tough opposition

For the first time in more than a century, California is trying to regulate groundwater pumping, but legal challenges are expected, starting with who gets to decide how much water can be pumped. RYAN SABALOW / Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

KPCC Los Angeles & Sacramento Bee

Groundwater accounts for about 60 percent of all the freshwater consumed in the state. Until recently, the state had no comprehensive plan on how to manage the precious resource. That's supposed to change under a law that seeks to regulate the state's groundwater for the first time in a century. That process, though, is fraught with challenges on the local level.

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Newsom heads to the Valley to talk water policy

Sacramento Bee

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom stepped down from a chartered turboprop last week and into the back of a borrowed van, rambling past melon fields and almond trees. Three years before the next gubernatorial election, Newsom and his rivals are making inroads into the Central Valley, touring farms, holding receptions and speaking to crowds.

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Could L.A. design its way to water independence?

High Country News

To one architect in Los Angeles, the maze of cul-de-sacs and identical houses represents a failure of vision: A city that relies on a water system that is invisible, and therefore undervalued. For the past 17 years, he and his wife have worked to change that attitude.

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