Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

More pushback

Who likes the state's proposed plan to keep more water for fish in California rivers? Practically nobody

The river system is part of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, which provides water to Central Valley farms and millions of Californians. CAPITAL PUBLIC RADIO & DWR

Capital Public Radio

Sacramento Bee, Modesto Bee & Stockton Record

California regulators say their sweeping proposal to devote more flows from the state's major rivers to fish and wildlife is an attempt to balance competing interests for a scarce resource. So far, all they've done is get practically everyone mad at them. A state panel heard arguments Tuesday for providing more river water for fish – and from Hilmar FFA members who said this would devastate farmers.

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Wealthy residents sue, say water rates too high

Mercury News

In a case that could have statewide ramifications, a group of multimillionaire Hillsborough residents has sued the town claiming that its drought rules and penalties intended to keep people from over-watering big lawns are illegal. The nine residents say Hillsborough officials violated Proposition 218, which makes it illegal for government to charge more for a service than it costs to provide.

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Water & inequality play out differently for 2 cities

UCLA

Lynwood and Pico Rivera are working-class chunks of Los Angeles County, with modest homes and well-tended lawns gone brown. But the consequences of California's water crisis are playing out quite differently in the two cities. Water bills in Pico Rivera average less than $200 per family a year. In Lynwood, that same amount of water costs a family more than $1,500. ► THE WATER ATLAS

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