High Speed Rail Or Water Storage Programs?

  At its peak, the Los Angeles River carries more than 118 billion gallons a day – enough water to supply 800,000 homes year. Yet in drier days, this concrete river carries 98 million gallons a day – water wasted as it drains into the Pacific Ocean. (Lucy Guanuna, “The 98 Million-Gallon ‘Trickle’: Stormwater Conservation

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Turf Rebates Are Failures, “Largely Gimmicks” – 1/2 Gallon A Day Saved

To the thousands of Californian’s who tried doing their part during the drought, by ripping out their lawns, a new audit by the Los Angeles City Controller’s office found that the turf rebate programs largely a “gimmick.” These programs yielded the lowest return on water conservation – it was a failure. In an audit released Friday by L.A. City Controller Ron Galperin’s

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California Senators Holding Washington State Hostage Over Water

In NW Daily Marker, Cryrus Krohn wrote an opinion piece where he described the problems facing the Western states: Drought in Washington and across the West have caused billions of dollars in impacts and are predicted to cost billions more in the coming years. Our elected officials have taken notice. This summer California Rep. David Valadao

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Schools Face Impact of Drought – Children Hit Hardest

From EdSource The 10,000-student district is in the San Joaquin Valley—the nation’s agricultural epicenter—which stretches from Fresno to Bakersfield. The severe water shortage here has forced some farmers to reduce the acreage they plant, leaving far fewer jobs for farmworkers. Garza said some of Kings Canyon’s families—almost 90 percent of whom are poor and Hispanic—have

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All California’s Problems Lead to the San Joaquin Valley

It’s not clear if Governor Jerry Brown and his challenger Neel Kashkari will debate each other this fall. But if they do, there should be no doubt about the proper location for any and all debates: the San Joaquin Valley. In this very quiet California election year, it’s fitting that our state’s most overlooked region

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Sierra Madre puts a stop to development amid fear of running out of water

SIERRA MADRE – Despite legal protests from developers’ lawyers and expert advice to keep water conservation voluntary, the City Council delivered a triple whammy this week to anyone seeking to develop property in Sierra Madre. About 125 people came to a Tuesday night City Council meeting, and about 30 of them sat or stood in

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Homes threatened as Napa fire spreads to 4,300 acres

Rising temperatures and a rugged landscape were complicating efforts Thursday to defeat a wildfire in rural Napa and Lake counties that grew to 4,300 acres overnight and remains only 30 percent contained. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection crews trudged into the rough terrain along Butts Canyon Road west of Lake Berryessa for the third day, working

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Water bond measure fails in initial Senate vote

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Senate Democrats on Monday failed in an initial attempt to secure Republican support for overhauling the $11.1 billion water bond on the November ballot. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg brought the legislation to a vote because he said he wanted to force “an honest public discussion” about how to improve

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Water bond floats toward November

After months of negotiations to rewrite the controversial $11.14 billion water bond on California’s November ballot, a compromise has been reached on a $10.5 billion plan that includes $3 billion for reservoirs and groundwater storage, and $1 billion for groundwater cleanup in the L.A. basin. The big question is whether Gov. Brown will approve the

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Food Assistance Available In Counties Hardest Hit By California Drought

Families in areas hardest hit by California’s drought are getting some much-needed help as part of the state’s $687 million drought relief bill. Yolo County is able to put some of that money to use by feeding families in need. “Most of us here in town, they work on the fields, and they depend on

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