Feinstein introduces $1.3 billion California drought relief bill – Bill proposed by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein stands in marked contrast to what Rep. David Valadao, R-CA, introduced in the House. While Feinstein’s bill is said to target infrastructure, desalination and recycling projects, Valadao’s bill is said to provide more water to California farmers by “largely ignoring environmental concerns.”
Study: Shasta Dam expansion feasible but financing unclear – Raising Shasta Day 18.5 feet is “technically and economically feasible,” according to a report. Estimates peg the bill to raise the dam $1.4 billion, which would create space for another 634,000 acre feet of water. Current capacity of the reservoir is 4.55 million acre feet.
Raising Shasta Dam too expensive for federal government – Westlands Water District is said to be willing to pick up part of the tab for raising the dam 18.5 feet.
AP-GfK poll: Americans favor farmers over industry, wildlife & residential use during drought – Survey shows 74 percent of people believe agriculture should be first in the pecking order for water during a drought.
Farmer visited by Obama is now the face of California’s drought – Fresno County farmer Joe Del Bosque is doing an effective job of putting a human face to the toll that California’s drought is having on farmers and farm workers.
Feds seek input on salmon, smelt ‘biological opinions’ – Public input sought by Bureau of Reclamation that would restrict the use of water by urban and agricultural users.
USGS: Less fresh water flowing from Sierra into Delta, San Francisco Bay – Reduced runoff is causing salinity issues in the San Francisco Bay. This has people worried.
Why one California city can’t seem to conserve water – For this city just east of downtown Los Angeles, city leaders seem to be thumbing their noses at California’s call to conserve water.
California site will let residents tattle on water wasters – Water shaming has been moved up a notch or two with the creation of a website that allows people to anonymously rat on others when it comes to water use.
Strong El Niño could refill reservoirs and start to recharge groundwater – It’s only been 15 years since California’s last big El Niño event ravaged much of the state. Photos from one newspaper show how floods caused problems and deaths in San Luis Obispo County.