Borden: Reject the Huntington Beach desal plant myths

Until we are turning salt water into fresh down in the AES desalinization plant, there will be a continuing flow of opposition against the project and the 10 City Council candidates who apparently favor it. Already, the antis are plotting to defeat those in favor and elect those opposed. As usual, they reject a sensible plan without offering one of their own. We’ll hear all kinds of outrageous claims between now and November…

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Water board shoots down Eel River request; state says feds have authority over PG&E’s water rights

“State water authorities have rejected a conservation group’s claim to reduce diversions from the Eel River to the Russian River and improve conditions for salmon.

The petition to the State Water Resources Control Board looked to revoke the Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s water rights for the Potter Valley Project. The Friends of the Eel River claimed that the diversion to the Russian River was an “unreasonable use” of water under state law. Federal fisheries officials have actually ordered a reduction in diversions to the Russian River because salmon there have too much water.

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The Groundwater Storage Innovations

Water Efficiency spoke with officials from three water districts that faced serious water shortages if they didn’t develop new ways to access and store water.

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Audit of state water agency wins approval

STOCKTON – Three local legislators got their wish for an audit of the state agency that has received billions of dollars in voter-approved bond funds and would receive billions more if a water-bond measure passes in November.

On Wednesday, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee agreed to look into how the Department of Water Resources has managed more than $15 billion in bond funds allocated to the department in the past decade.

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EPA Announces Funding to Help Urban Communities Protect Their Waters: Agency unveils a $600,000 competitive grant for urban watershed project under Urban Waters Initiative

WASHINGTON – As part of its developing Urban Waters Initiative, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making available up to $600,000 in grants for an eligible entity to establish and manage a national competitive urban watershed small grants program, and to provide urban watershed technical services. The successful applicant would support capacity building projects in urban communities that will lead to environmental, public health, and related economic benefits.

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Senate Committee Begins Work on WRDA 2010

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing today to highlight the many benefits of projects authorized by the Water Resources Development Act.

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DWR Chief Says New Paradigm Needed on Water

Statewide water conditions have improved in recent weeks but there are still shortages on tap for many parts of California, the state’s top water official told ACWA members Thursday.

Department of Water Resources Director Mark Cowin said the state’s hydrology is relatively simple compared to regulatory restrictions that are complicating the state’s water picture. The take away message is that shortages are likely in the coming years, regardless of whether the state is in a drought.

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