Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016

Recalibration

California's water future will change as a result of bill set for House approval today; Senate's timing is trickier

Logan Page, former stewardship director of the Sierra Foothill Conservancy, looks over the edge of Big Table Mountain into the gorge containing the upper reaches of Millerton Lake near Temperance Flat. MARK CROSSE / Fresno Bee

Fresno Bee

McClatchy

A California water bill set for House approval today that has split the state's two Democratic senators will make it easier for the Trump administration to build new Western dams. Money would flow to water recycling projects as well. The bill also, for instance, directs the Interior Department to make "every reasonable effort" to make full water deliveries to Sacramento Valley irrigation districts. Lots of litigation could follow.

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Water-saving rules could get more complicated

KPCC Pasadena

Despite a wet start to the fall in Northern California, nearly two-thirds of the state remains wracked by extreme drought. So it's no surprise Gov. Jerry Brown says we need to "make water conservation a way of life in California." But what's the best way to get Californians to keep saving? A new proposal from five state resource agencies aims to re-define water conservation in California.

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The race to turn our stormwater from gray to green

Water Deeply

California's five-year drought is changing our take on rainfall in cities, recasting it from a threat to a resource. Instead of directing it into gutters and straight down storm drains, we can capture and clean it in rain gardens and other planted areas. This green infrastructure mimics the natural water cycle, replenishing groundwater while enhancing our communities and ecosystems.

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