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A tour of California's water supply lays bare the tension between farmers and fish

A tour of California's water supply lays bare the tension between farmers and fish | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The country's largest agricultural water district, Westlands, maintains that California has plenty of water. It's just mismanaged.
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This is the consequence of directed efforts to fight environmental regulations via methods demonizing those seeking to make sure we have a healthy, long-term life-support system that perpetuates the remnants of the ecosystems that have thrived in California for many thousands of years.

Very sad state of affairs.  The fact people seek to stoke political wars rather than seeking true solutions that are sustainable and just is pathetic.
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Amid California's drought, a bruising battle for cheap water

Amid California's drought, a bruising battle for cheap water | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The signs appear about 200 miles north of Los Angeles, tacked onto old farm wagons parked along quiet two-lane roads and bustling Interstate 5.
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This is a fantastic piece on the complexity of water fights and the powerful folks who lobby hard for a comparative few.

 

A great piece to start a discussion of water policy in California (and the western U.S. generally).

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Why give away fish flows for free during a drought?

Why give away fish flows for free during a drought? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
By Jay Lund, Ellen Hanak, Barton “Buzz” Thompson, Brian Gray, Jeffrey Mount and Katrina Jessoe With California in a major drought, state and federal regulators will be under pressure to loosen envi...
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California is drowning in ancient and unfair water rules: LA Daily News Editorial

When someone says that there are two Californias, the reference these days is usually to the political differences between coastal and inland residents rather than the historical split between north and south.But there is a third and even more...
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A rational water policy op-ed.  These are rare beasts in much of my state.

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With flush aquifer, Coachella Valley golf courses slow to conserve

With flush aquifer, Coachella Valley golf courses slow to conserve | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
At brunch on a recent Thursday, Sunny Butler nibbled at an omelet and considered playing a round later that afternoon. Part of the joy of living on the 18th hole of the Citrus Club in the Coachella Valley, Butler said, is the verdant green landscape just beyond the back door.
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This is living in a fantasy world.  The notion that it is appropriate to consume the huge volumes of water that traditional large courses do is rooted in the 1950s and the era of Bob Hope.  While I understand that agriculture, etc. consume the vast quantity of water in California this notion of "we don't have to" or "we don't have to pay for it" is central to the issue of resource management challenges generally in the developed world.

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California lawmakers considering historic shift in groundwater policy

California lawmakers considering historic shift in groundwater policy | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
As California continues to endure a calamitous lack of water from the sky, the state could, for the first time, start to regulate water drawn from the ground.
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It is absolutely crazy that we don't regulate groundwater in this state...and that we can't even get the estimates of wells in the state to less than +/- a million bores.

 

Utterly insane.

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Israel is creating a water surplus using desalination

Israel is creating a water surplus using desalination | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
SEDE BOQER, Israel -- In the land of milk and honey, water has always been in short supply. Researchers here have linked temperature rise and drought to migration patterns across this arid region dating back to biblical times. Now, for the first time in its history, Israel is on track to experience a water surplus.
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