“…provide an opportunity for gates to be open more at times when fish are not affected and in general to process requests as quickly as possible.” ~ Sen. Dianne Feinstein
The bill provide $300 million for water projects, but Feinstein admits it’s not going to solve all of California’s water problems.
“The estimate is that this could bring about some new water but not the sun, the moon and the stars, so it is not a big, broad bill.”
House Republicans passed legislation to ease environmental laws that restrict the flow of water in the San Joaquin Delta. It’s unclear if or when the Senate bill will be voted on but for it to become law it will need to be coupled with its House counterpart.
A California Assembly committee will hear a bill Wednesday that would allow water districts to impose taxes on any business, industry or person who wastes water.
The drought can be blamed for a number of problems and the latest is a major decline in the duck population. A new survey shows lack of rain has led to poor habitats.
UPDATED: 6:45 p.m. - Containment has grown to 29 percent, and acreage burned to 17,622. Crews on the Washington Fire, three miles south of Markleeville, took advantage of light winds to increase containment.
California water regulators are again ordering some water rights holders to stop diverting water from rivers because of the drought. The order includes some rights for the city of San Francisco.
CAL FIRE increases staffing as the forecast of dry lightning and thunderstorms raises wildfire risk in northern California and western Nevada.