Daily Digest: Valley farmers, others come out against rail-water initiative; In California, study finds drilling and fracking into freshwater formations; Salton Sea gets $80.5 million in state budget; and more …

In California water news today, Valley farmers, others come out against rail-water initiative; In California, study finds drilling and fracking into freshwater formations; Lake Temescal in Oakland closed for third year in a row because of toxic algae bloom; Stockton homeowner downplays discovery of lead in tap water; Kings County: Sinkholes damage city, county roads; San Juan Capistrano keeps water rules in place; seeks relaxation of state mandate; and Salton Sea gets $80.5 million in state budget

In the news today …

Valley farmers, others come out against rail-water initiative:  “A group of central San Joaquin Valley agriculture, government and Latino leaders is raising an alarm about a proposed ballot initiative to take money away from high-speed rail and use it instead for water-storage projects in California.  Their opposition to the initiative – which is now being circulated for signatures to qualify for the November ballot – is rooted not in support for the controversial bullet-train project, but because the measure would also divert $2.7 billion in water-storage money from Proposition 1, a water bond act approved by more than two-thirds of California voters in 2014. … ”  Read more from the Fresno Bee here:  Valley farmers, others come out against rail-water initiative

In California, study finds drilling and fracking into freshwater formations:  “In California’s farming heartland, as many as one of every five oil and gas projects occurs in underground sources of fresh water, according to a new study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  The study by Stanford scientists assessed the amount of groundwater that could be used for irrigation and drinking supplies in five counties of California’s agricultural Central Valley, as well as the three coastal counties encompassing Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura. The study estimated that water-scarce California could have almost three times as much fresh groundwater as previously thought. … ”  Read more from Inside Climate News here:  In California, study finds drilling and fracking into freshwater formations

Lake Temescal in Oakland closed for third year in a row because of toxic algae bloom:  “For the third summer in a row, Oakland’s Lake Temescal will be closed to swimmers indefinitely because of toxic green blue algae, exacerbated by California’s drought, though the rest of the park remains open.  The East Bay Regional Park closed the lake on Monday, despite being cleared of the toxicity in February after the winter rains. The district runs a popular lifeguard program at the lake, and in years past, campers have been forced to spend their summers on the sand or grassy areas instead of swimming, or choose another lake to attend camp. … ”  Read more from Channel 4 here:  Lake Temescal in Oakland closed for third year in a row because of toxic algae bloom

Stockton homeowner downplays discovery of lead in tap water: The owner of the Stockton home that tested for elevated levels of lead in the tap water, above federal drinking water standards, said Tuesday that concern over the contamination was overblown.  Harry Welte took particular exception to The Record’s Page A1 story Tuesday, headlined “Excessive lead found in home.”  “I will tell you, you’re creating fear where the city doesn’t need it,” he said in a telephone interview. “There’s no major problem with lead in the water in Stockton.” ... ”  Read more from the Stockton Record here:  Stockton homeowner downplays discovery of lead in tap water

Kings County: Sinkholes damage city, county roads: Officials are asking drivers to stay vigilant as sinkholes start to take a toll on Kings County roads.  County road crews closed a section of Houston Avenue southeast of Hanford after a massive sinkhole opened Sunday night.  Kings County Roads Superintendent Tony Gomes said motorists discovered the sinkhole in the eastbound lane of Houston Avenue, just east of Sixth Avenue, around 9:30 p.m. County roads employees were called shortly after and found a hole that encompassed the entire lane. … ”  Read more from the Hanford Sentinel here:  Sinkholes damage city, county roads

San Juan Capistrano keeps water rules in place; seeks relaxation of state mandate:  “A rainy winter in Northern California may have strengthened the state’s water supply, but San Juan Capistrano is keeping conservation tools in place in case Southern California’s drought continues.  The City Council voted 5-0 at its June 21 meeting to keep in place the city’s Stage 2 water alert, which limits lawn watering and irrigation to two days a week, bans all non-essential use of potable water and bans use of automatic sprinklers from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and sets other restrictions. The city also submitted a request to the state Water Resources Control Board to relax the state’s order that San Juan reduce local water consumption 27 percent compared to 2013. … ”  Read more from the OC Register here:  San Juan Capistrano keeps water rules in place; seeks relaxation of state mandate

Salton Sea gets $80.5 million in state budget:  “The state budget Gov. Jerry Brown signed this week includes $80.5 million for restoration of the Salton Sea — more than California has ever allocated for the state’s largest and most troubled lake.  “This is a great step in the right direction. I don’t think anyone, including the state, believes that this is enough to solve the problem, but it certainly starts us on the path of management techniques that can solve the problem,” said Bruce Wilcox, assistant secretary for Salton Sea policy at the California Natural Resources Agency. … ”  Read more from KPBS here:  Salton Sea gets $80.5 million in state budget

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About the Daily Digest: The Daily Digest is a collection of selected news articles, commentaries and editorials appearing in the mainstream press. Items are generally selected to follow the focus of the Notebook blog. The Daily Digest is published every weekday with a weekend edition posting on Sundays.

 

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