EDITORIAL: Spending on the Delta a sticking point in the water bond
From: Staff, Sacramento Bee
If Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers want voters to weigh in this year on a multibillion-dollar water bond - a big if - they will need to compromise on what may seem like an arcane point: Who controls the money earmarked for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta?
Brown proposed a $6 billion bond after a $10.5 billion proposal fell shy of the two-thirds votes needed in the Senate.
LETTERS: Dealing With the Water Shortage in California
From: P. Wenger; D. Fink, New York Times
Re "Forceful Steps Amid a Severe Drought" (news article, Jan. 16):
The harsh program to fine California residents for outdoor water use is the unfortunate result of decades of inappropriate water policies in the state. The current crisis has been developing for years and was entirely predictable.
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OPINION: BDCP a scientifically sound solution for water shortage
From: Mark Cowin, Tracy Press
The state of California is taking decisive and comprehensive action to protect and develop water supplies throughout the state, both to manage the impact of the drought and to plan for the long term. The Bay Delta Conservation Plan is just one piece in the Brown administration's overall water portfolio - but it is a vitally important piece.
El Nino may not bring needed rains to parched California
From: Sharon Bernstein, Reuters
California's drought - its worst in decades - is likely to hold steady through the summer months and may not ease in the fall even with an anticipated El Nino weather pattern, a federal drought expert said on Friday.
Extreme drought conditions have enveloped California - the most populous U.S. state and an important agricultural center - since the beginning of the year.