Monday, Nov. 28, 2016

Balancing act

Groups brace for Tuesday's hearing on river flow plan

Water hyacinth clogs a stretch of the Tuolumne River in Modesto. JOHN HOLLAND / Modesto Bee


Modesto Bee

Fishing and environmental groups will get the first say Tuesday about how much water should run down the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers. The session in Sacramento will be the first of five before the State Water Resources Control Board, which is considering a major boost in the flows. Irrigation districts, city water suppliers and other critics will get their chance as the public hearing moves to Stockton, Modesto and Merced next month.


Delays plague water plan for SF Bay and the Delta


The report's findings were unequivocal: Given the current pace of water diversions, the San Francisco Bay and the Delta network of rivers and marshes are ecological goners, with many of its native fish species now experiencing a "sixth extinction," environmental science's most-dire definition of ecosystem collapse. But the mechanism for change — the state water board's much-anticipated update to its Bay-Delta plan is running "way, way behind."


Startup pitches new bond for wildfire, water woes

Los Angeles Times

Deep in the Stanislaus National Forest, an hour's drive from the foothill town of Sonora, two forests stand side by side. One is open and airy; the other, dense with brush. Standing between them is a group of would-be financiers — an investment analyst, an engineer and a bond trader — who see potential profit in that stark contrast.

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