“Two members of California’s congressional delegation on
Wednesday called for building a new reservoir north of
Sacramento, displaying bipartisan agreement on one potential
solution to California’s long-term water problems.
“Democratic Rep. John Garamendi and Republican Rep. Doug
LaMalfa held a news conference near the location of the
proposed reservoir to announce their bill.”
“In a rare moment of unity for two ideological antagonists, Rep.
John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, and Rep. Doug LaMalfa,
R-Richvale, on Wednesday unveiled legislation to build a new
large-scale reservoir in Northern California.”
From The Fresno Bee Earth Log blog by Mark Grossi:
“The Drinking Water Program — so important to cleaning up tap
water in the San Joaquin Valley — appears poised to move out of
the state’s health department to the state’s water-regulation
agency in July. Or is it?
“A task force proposed a transition strategy, and you can check
it out. This is part of Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget.”
From the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) staff
Switchboard blog, in a post by Frances Beinecke:
“California can withstand this drought—and the arid days ahead
brought on by climate change—if it expands water saving
measures. These solutions are already benefiting the state. Los
Angeles uses the same amount of water today as it did in 1970
despite adding 1 million people.
“Water efficiency, recycling, and other local supplies will
help California flourish in a drier future.
“President Barack Obama is set to sign into law a bipartisan
bill relieving homeowners living in flood-prone neighborhoods
from big increases in their insurance bills.
“The legislation, which cleared Congress on Thursday, reverses
much of a 2012 overhaul of the government’s much-criticized
flood insurance program after angry homeowners facing sharp
premium hikes protested.”
“The Senate voted 72 to 22 Thursday to pass a flood insurance
bill that will roll back sharp premium increases to homeowners
that were implemented as part of a federal overhaul of the flood
“North County avocado farmers irrigating their groves with all
recycled water. Residents of the southeast San Diego
working-class neighborhood of Encanto enjoying a revitalized
Chollas Creek, a respite in a sea of concrete.
“President Barack Obama has reauthorized spending on the National
Integrated Drought Information System, enabling the government to
continue providing drought warning forecasts and other support as
the extreme dry spell persists across California and much of the
“There’s a bit more progress in the delicate dance of reaching a
deal on a new California water bond proposal that would replace
the $11 billion bond currently on the November ballot. But a deal
– if any – is still months away.”