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OPINION: Feinstein Bill is a Starting Point

It was nice to see California U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein offer her own legislation to deal with California’s water crisis. Now, let the negotiating begin.


As expected, Feinstein’s bill does not go as far as the House bill in providing relief to San Joaquin Valley farmers who are being starved of water for their thirsty crops. Her bill does address water storage and does call for some flexibility in pumping water out of the San Joaquin Delta.

More Rain, Some Snow, Ahead For Valley, Hills

Forecasters have a clearer picture than they did a couple days ago about just how clear the sky won’t be over Modesto this weekend.


Storm systems moving through Northern California from Thursday night through Sunday could drop as much as half an inch of rain in Modesto, 2 to 3 inches in Sonora.

California’s Snowpack Is Deepest In Five Years after Recent Storms

California’s current snowpack is the deepest it has been in five years — a modest, yet encouraging milestone in a period of prolonged drought.


Readings of the Sierra Nevada snowpack on Tuesday showed water content statewide was 18.7 inches, or 115% of the historical average for that date, according to the California Department of Water Resources.

Carlsbad Scores $30 Million for Water Recycling From EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today a $30 million loan to the city of Carlsbad to expand its water recycling facility.


The 1 percent federal loan will be coupled with $7 million from other funding sources to pay for the project, which will nearly double the plant’s capacity to generate water for non-potable uses like irrigation and industrial


EPA Announces $182M for California Water Projects

Environmental Protection Agency officials were in Carlsbad on Wednesday to announce more than $182 million in federal funding that will be funneled to drinking water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout California.


EPA Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld made the announcement at the Carlsbad Water Recycling Facility, which has received about $37 million in low-interest loans funded by the federal agency over the past several years to nearly double output at the plant.