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Amid complaints about secrecy, California water bill bogs down again

Monday, December 07, 2015
A California water bill that skeptics say has been cloaked in excessive secrecy will probably miss its Capitol Hill train this year. Read the full story here.

Governor Brown Issues Executive Order to Bolster State’s Drought Response

Monday, November 23, 2015
Executive order includes new provisions to help localities capture stormwater from potential high precipitation events; $5 million in assistance for small water systems.

As California prepares for a fifth year of drought, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an executive order that calls for additional actions to build on the state’s ongoing response to record dry conditions and assist recovery efforts from this year’s devastating wildfires.

Read the full text of the executive order here.

Environmental groups notify EPA of intent to file suit for violations of the Clean Water Act

Monday, November 02, 2015

The NRDC, the Defenders of Wildlife, and The Bay Institute have sent a letter to Jared Blumenfeld, Regional Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, notifying him of their intent to file suit for ‘continuous and intermittent violations of the Clean Water Act.' The Clean Water Act is a federal statute enacted in 1972 that regulates water quality in the nation's surface waters. The Act allows states to promulgate their own water quality standards, but established a system of federal oversight to ensure that states maintain adequate water quality standards.

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John Laird: Congress can help California with comprehensive water plan

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
The long Western drought has grabbed national headlines. Large, deadly fires have gripped Western states. The Sierra Nevada mountain snowpack, water bank for 25 million Californians and much of our vast agricultural industry, barely formed last winter. The state's major reservoirs now hold a third to half of what they typically would this time of year. Hundreds of square miles of California farmland have been fallowed for lack of water, and groundwater -- the state's savings account -- is running low.

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Sen. Hertzberg proposes California reuse all treated water

Thursday, September 10, 2015

With California in the fourth year of a drought, a state lawmaker has introduced a last-minute bill that would require half of treated wastewater to be used for beneficial purposes, including landscape watering, by 2026 and 100% usage by 2036.

Sen. Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) gutted another bill to insert the language of his new proposal but said he would not have it taken up by the Legislature until next year.

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