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Officials: Get used to paying more for less water

Californians may need to get used to paying more for water, despite and because of their successful efforts at conservation, according to state water officials at a recent Assembly committee hearing. Californians exceeded the state’s 25 percent water conservation mandate

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CA infrastructure spending hits impasse

With big infrastructure questions still unanswered, Gov. Jerry Brown has found himself at loggerheads with lawmakers in Sacramento. From water storage to road repair and beyond, legislators have not met Brown eye to eye, raising the prospect of a protracted conflict

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Sen. Feinstein remarks on Iran deal, CA drought

Anyone wonder if U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein has the same feeling expressed by Gov. Jerry Brown about a presidential run — if she were a decade or so younger would she consider running for president? I pondered this when in

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Feds fluster Brown on Delta pump plan

Gov. Jerry Brown suffered another setback in his effort to gain the upper hand over California’s persistent drought. New details on alterations to his massive pumping plan, which would change the way the Delta region distributes the water that flows

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CA drought spawns regulatory struggles

As Californians are left reeling from an ever-worsening drought, state and federal regulators struggle to recast the rules surrounding water use — and the infrastructure designed to deliver it. Party politics In conversations with the New York Times, analysts warned that the drought’s lasting effects

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House legislation targets environmental laws

Last week, House Republicans introduced legislation to revise water policies in California and the rest of the West Coast, improving water reliability and making environmental laws more flexible. H.R. 2898, authored by California Congressman David Valadao, is backed by the

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Counties say too much water goes to environmental supply

Although water consumption has been on the decline in the state of California, county officials believe these rates can be lowered by cutting supplies to the environment and fisheries. Back in 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a statewide emergency

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Davis bans sodas, juices as default drinks from kids’ meals

On Tuesday, the city of Davis passed an ordinance requiring restaurants to offer milk or water as default drinks with any children’s meal. Although the ordinance does not prohibit a restaurant’s ability to sell, or a customer’s ability to purchase,

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Cash for Grass rebates jumpstart CA drought-friendly landscaping

Californians are finding further incentives to switch out their water-thirsty lawns for more drought-tolerant landscapes. In 2014, Democratic Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez of Los Angeles authored Assembly Bill 2434, a measure designed to “protect owners from being taxed on turf removal rebates.”

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DOI to invest $50 million in water conservation in CA and other states

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced in a press release that the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation “will invest nearly $50 million to improve water efficiency and conservation in California and 11 other western states.” “In a time of exceptional

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