User: flenvcenter Topic: Water-National
Category: Resource Management :: Irrigation
Last updated: May 26 2015 12:42 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Wooden stave water pipe slaked Castle Rock's thirst a century ago 26.5.2015 Headlines: All Headlines
CASTLE ROCK — The 3.9-mile-long wooden water pipe that slaked the thirst of some 500 early Castle Rock residents was a workhorse.
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Workers put in 12-hour days at Santa Barbara County oil cleanup site 25.5.2015 LA Times: Opinion
Clad in white protective suits and yellow hard hats, the workers knelt below a jagged cliff-side, packing oil-saturated sand into plastic bags.
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Crews working to dig up broken pipeline at Refugio State Beach 24.5.2015 LA Times: Commentary
A section of broken pipeline that spilled thousands of gallons of oil along the Santa Barbara County coast could be dug up for inspection before the end of Memorial Day weekend, officials said Saturday.
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California oil spill harder to clean up in choppy waters 23.5.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 10-square-mile oil slick off the California coast is thinner than a coat of paint and it's becoming harder to skim from choppy waters, officials said as more dead animals were ...
State water board OKs voluntary cutbacks for delta growers 23.5.2015 LA Times: Opinion
California water regulators have accepted an unprecedented proposal from Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta farmers to voluntarily cut water use by 25% -- or fallow a quarter of their cropland -- in an effort to avoid harsher, government-imposed cuts.
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More than 700 workers to help with California oil spill cleanup 22.5.2015 LA Times: Commentary
The number of workers cleaning the coastline after the Santa Barbara County oil spill is expected to swell to more than 700 Friday as the response continues to ramp up, officials said. 
Mandatory usage cuts loom even for those with senior water rights 22.5.2015 LA Times: Environment
In the 1976-77 drought, the state ordered growers with some of the oldest water rights in California to stop pumping from many rivers and streams. Now, in a sign of the spreading pain of another punishing drought, regulators are preparing to do the same thing.
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California water cuts move to those with century-old rights 21.5.2015 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California farmers who hold rights to water that date as far back as the Gold Rush are bracing for their first state-ordered conservation in decades, as a record drought prompts some of the deepest cuts yet in the country’s most productive agricultural state. After telling cities and towns to slash use […]
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Cause of California coastal oil spill could be revealed Thursday 21.5.2015 LA Times: Environment
Clues as to what caused a 24-inch oil pipeline to rupture along California's picturesque Gaviota Coast remain buried beneath tons of oil-contaminated earth, but oil company workers and federal regulators hope to begin excavating the pipe Thursday and get their first glimpse of the breach.
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California water cuts move to those with century-old rights 21.5.2015 Yahoo: US National
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California farmers who hold rights to water that date as far back as the Gold Rush are bracing for their first state-ordered conservation in decades, as a record drought prompts some of the deepest cuts yet in the country's most productive agricultural ...
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California Farmers Volunteer To Give Up Some Water Rights 21.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A group of California farmers, in a surprising turnaround, is volunteering to give up a fourth of its available water this year, sharing a resource all but guaranteed to them for more than a century. A senior water official told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he would decide whether to accept the offer by Friday. The concession by farmers in the Sacramento and San Joaquin River delta could be one of the most important yet forced by California's record four-year drought. In exchange for taking 25 percent less river water for irrigation or leaving a quarter of their fields unplanted, the farmers want guarantees that the state won't restrict the remaining 75 percent of the water they've had rights to, even if the drought deepens and other users go dry. The offer was made as these and other "senior water rights holders" face an imminent threat of being included in the mandatory cutbacks that apply to most other California water users. Water officials said Wednesday they will ...
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California delta farmers offer to cut water usage 25% 21.5.2015 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
A group of California farmers volunteers to cut water use by 25 percent, hoping to avoid losing a bigger share of century-old water rights
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Millions in federal dollars aim to improve long-term water conservation 21.5.2015 LA Times: Top News
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Despite Fresno blast, PG&E reports pipeline safety progress 21.5.2015 SFGate: Business & Technology
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has finished implementing 10 of the federal government’s 12 pipeline safety recommendations issued in the wake of the 2010 San Bruno explosion and expects to complete the final two by the end of the year, the utility reported Wednesday. PG&E, based in San Francisco, still needs to finish installing automatic or remote-controlled shut-off valves across its vast network of natural gas pipelines, which spans much of Central and Northern California. The San Bruno explosion, which killed eight people, forced PG&E to overhaul its gas operations and led to a $1.6 billion penalty from the state. Despite the upgrades, PG&E’s pipeline network suffered another fatal blast on April 17, when a line running through Fresno exploded beneath a sheriff’s office gun range. Stavropoulos said that PG&E’s pipeline safety work, including the new emergency procedures, helped the company respond to the blast and resulting fire.
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21,000 gallons of oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara County 21.5.2015 TreeHugger
The rupture spilled thousands of gallons of oil, contaminated at least four miles of beach and spread into the ocean.
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California Oil Spill Grows To 9 Miles Along Coast 20.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Slicks of oil that spilled into California coastal waters from an onshore pipeline spanned a total of 9 miles Wednesday, and a company official said the line was operating at full capacity when it broke, suggesting much more oil escaped than initially estimated. The oil that spilled Tuesday off southern Santa Barbara County formed two slicks, said Coast Guard Capt. Jennifer Williams, one of two federal response coordinators. Before a morning flyover, the oil was estimated to span 4 miles of ocean. The spill from a Plains All American Pipeline LP pipe was initially estimated at 21,000 gallons, but officials were not relying on that. Company official Darren Palmer said Wednesday it remained unknown how much oil actually spilled. But he said the pipeline was running at a rate of 2,000 barrels an hour — equivalent to 84,000 gallons. The pipe was built in 1991 and underwent integrity testing a few weeks ago, he said. Palmer said the company took responsibility for the spill and would pay ...
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Last drought victims: Q&A on California senior water rights 20.5.2015 Yahoo: US National
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Farmers and other landowners who staked the earliest claims to California's water are last to suffer cutbacks at times of drought under the state's water-rights system. Now the dry spell has become so severe that even these 4,000 "senior water rights holders" could be ordered to stop pumping from rivers and streams. A brief ...
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Owens Valley ranchers and environmentalists brought together by drought 20.5.2015 LA Times: Top News
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Shrouded in secrecy, one of Africa's biggest land deals stalls-TRFN 18.5.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Chris Arsenault MARKALA, Mali (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Malian farmer Balima Coulibaly and his fellow villagers watched with dread as 100,000 hectares of fertile land they have farmed for generations were handed to Libyan investors with no discussion about the impact on their impoverished communities. In one of Africa's largest and most secretive foreign agricultural investment deals, oil-rich Libya, under the leadership of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, signed a 50-year, renewable lease for the land with Mali's government in 2008. The land in the Office of Niger, the agricultural heart of the West African country, was provided rent free, with water rights included, on the condition that Libya build canals and roads to cultivate rice and cattle there.
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Discovery of clay in pipes prompts erosion worries 15.5.2015 Durango Herald
Crews still are investigating a possible problem with a drain in the city reservoir after they found initial signs of a problem this winter.The Durango City Council set aside $300,000 for repairs in March after clay was discovered in the water draining from the dam.Clay could be a symptom of erosion within the dam or it could...
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