“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 insurance program.”
“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 West.”
“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.”