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2008-12-12 14:33:00

California Economy and Water Supply Reliability Hit Hard BERKELEY, Calif., Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- A new study released today underscores the severity of the statewide economic and water supply implications of ongoing water pumping restrictions imposed by federal courts in California to protect the Delta smelt. According to the study, statewide economic impacts can exceed $1 billion per year during drought years such as those currently facing the state and may well exceed $3 billion...

2008-12-09 13:12:00

New Regulations Violate California Endangered Species Act, Threaten Water Supply SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The State Water Contractors, a statewide organization of 27 public water agencies, filed a lawsuit today against the California Fish & Game Commission and the California Department of Fish & Game challenging the Commission's recent decision to potentially impose substantial cuts in State Water Project (SWP) water deliveries to much of the San Francisco Bay Area,...

2008-10-30 18:00:16

The head of California's Metropolitan Water District says the state's planned water allocation raises the "very real" possibility of shortages next year. "We are preparing for the very real possibility of water shortages and rationing throughout the region in 2009," MWD General Manager Jeff Kightlinger said in a written statement Thursday. The Los Angeles-based MWD acts as a wholesaler to water districts in Southern California, which rely heavily on water imported from the northern half of...

2008-09-03 15:00:00

By John Richardson State and federal scientists, equipped with flow meters, fishing nets and red dye, began a thorough checkup of the Presumpscot River on Tuesday. The comprehensive study is the first effort in at least a decade to assess the health of one of Maine's hardest-working waterways. Results will help state officials measure progress in the river's ongoing cleanup and set future standards for dam flows and pollution discharges. Since the last close look, in fact, a pulp mill...

2008-09-02 21:00:11

California voters are often under the impression that once they OK a bond issue, that's it. Construction on whatever the bond is to build will start forthwith. Well, it's not necessarily so. In fact, it's not usually so. There are times, plenty of them, when the money sits around for years - sometimes a decade or more - before anyone decides how to spend it. Meanwhile, of course, the cost of anything to be built goes up as interest payments on the bond money go out. Which brings us to...

2008-09-02 18:00:13

By East County Times Antioch MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING DAUGHTER: Antioch police are searching for a Filipino man after his daughter accused him of sexually assaulting her in the family home since 1994. The 22-year-old woman told police on Tuesday that her father, 41- year-old Ismael Monasterio Parazo, routinely raped and molested her while Parazo's youngest daughter, now 10, lay on the bed next to him, officials said. The names of the victims, as is common practice, have not been...

2008-08-28 18:00:30

By BRIAN GEHRING By BRIAN GEHRING Scott Hobbs remembers when there were boats lined up on both sides of Highway 200 in Pick City and his gas lanes were full. And that was before he turned the key to open his bait and tackle shop in the morning. That was more than a few years ago, when salmon fishing on Lake Sakakawea was in its heyday. But with nearly a decade of drought and dwindling water levels, the salmon fishery has suffered as much as the parched plains of the prairie. But...

2008-08-23 21:00:13

ALMOST 20 years ago, the usually verdant Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate, suffered through a drought so severe that a ban on all new construction was considered, along with strict water rationing. Things were worst there, but the rest of the state also had serious problems, as many cities passed laws against daytime lawn watering and "drought police" made rounds to enforce those regulations along with rules against watering down walkways, sidewalks and driveways. Several wet...

2008-08-01 00:05:00

By Matt Weiser, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 31--The state and federal owners of massive water export pumps in the Delta have asked a judge to grant them additional time to prepare a new operating plan to protect threatened fish. The state Department of Water Resources and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation face a Sept. 15 court deadline to deliver a new biological opinion on their operations to protect the Delta smelt. The document, produced in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

2008-07-10 09:00:42

By Eric Sharp, Detroit Free Press Jul. 10--SAULT STE. MARIE, Ontario -- Ted Williams, one of the greatest baseball players of all time, was also one of the world's best light-tackle anglers. And his picks for the top light-tackle fish were the tarpon, bonefish and Atlantic salmon. You'd have to travel 1,000 miles and spend a chunk of money to catch the first two. But for the next month or so, a tank of gasoline will take Michigan anglers to one of the best places in the world to tangle...