Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

Water cutbacks

State Water Project expects scant deliveries next year

The Delta Mendota canal snakes through the Central Valley near Firebaugh. MICHAEL MACOR/San Francisco Chronicle

S.F. Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

The State Water Project expects to limit annual water deliveries to 10 percent of what is requested in the coming year due to the prolonged drought. The cutback that was announced Monday, while not unexpected, is another reminder of California's precarious water situation and is a blow to both urban water departments and rural irrigation districts that received 5 percent of what they wanted last year.

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California needs a behavioral shift in water use

Woodland Daily Democrat

Not long after 9/11, going to the airport included taking off your shoes and getting body scanned. With the advent of the smartphone, talking is giving way to texting. As almost all of California slips into a fourth year of severe, extreme or exceptional drought, are there similar benchmark behavioral changes we can expect regarding water? Most experts say no.

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PPIC poll: Water, budget concerns still persist

Central Valley Business Times

Californians passed ballot propositions that deal with water policy and the state budget in November, but that doesn't mean they are now any less concerned, according to a recent statewide poll by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California. The survey shows that these issues remain a focus of concern.

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