“…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.
There was "minor improvement" in California drought conditions over the past week. But as long-term drought persists throughout the west, and storage levels drop, water supply is a worry.
(AP) — The House has waded into a long-running California water war. Lawmakers have endorsed a Republican plan to shift more water to San Joaquin Valley farmers and cut the flow for threatened fish and growers in another part of the state.
The U.S. Drought Center says the past week brought "widespread improvements" in drought conditions in northern California and Nevada.
California's energy grid manager says supply should be adequate for the summer, despite potential natural gas shortages in Southern California.
California water regulators will allow cities and water agencies to set their own conservation targets based on water supply.