“Today [April 22], state Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) puts a trio of water conservation bills before her Natural Resources and Water Committee, the centerpiece of which (SB 1168) is a frontal assault on the management of California’s groundwater, which, compared to other western states, is almost unregulated.”
From the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Planting Seeds blog:
“As extreme drought continues to grip much of the state, the California Department of Social Services has announced that food banks in 24 drought-affected counties will be receiving shipments of food assistance. …
“The $687 million emergency drought legislation, signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.
“California Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s willingness to do Big Ag’s bidding at the expense of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta is increasingly alarming. Last week she released a revised drought bill that has environmentalists up and down the state fuming — with good reason.”
“They gathered to talk about addressing California’s future water needs. But the crowd and state legislators at Thursday’s water bond hearing in Modesto could not escape the frustration of a more immediate problem: drought.”
From the Hearst Washington Bureau Below the Beltway blog, in a post by Carolyn Lochhead:
“Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s revised drought bill is coming under increasing attack from the left even as the California Democrat tries to woo Republicans to speed the bill’s passage through the Senate without committee consideration.”
Thumbs up to two Salton City-area elementary school students who stepped into the spotlight this past Tuesday in their effort to have the threatened California red-legged frog become an official state symbol.
“Sen. Dianne Feinstein is fast-tracking a bipartisan bill through the Senate that seeks to unravel decades of carefully crafted protections for the San Francisco Bay estuary in an effort to divert more water to Southern California farms and cities.”
“After trying and failing for 25 years to get federal leaders to protect a stretch of the Mokelumne River above Pardee Lake with wild and scenic designation, local river advocates were thrilled Friday with notice that state leaders will at least consider it.