California water officials released on Thursday the first part of a $23 billion plan to restore and protect the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta ecosystem and guarantee a stable water supply for millions of Californians.
A Congressional Subcommittee held a hearing on Water and Jobs in Fresno on Monday. Republicans on the subcommittee are pushing legislation to relax the endangered species act and roll back efforts to restore the San Joaquin River.
The city of Fresno began installing water meters for residential customers. Homes in two Fresno neighborhoods are the first to get the meters. Eventually 110-thousand meters will be installed at all Fresno homes.
The marches, rallies and food giveaways organized by the Latino Water Coalition helped create support for a massive $11 billion water bond to expand and build dams, water storage and canals to help growers, and farm workers.
The war over water continued Wednesday with a court hearing in Fresno. A district court judge ruled Tuesday in favor of farmers. They've had their allotted water reduced by the government because of endangered salmon.
Researchers say most restrictions on water deliveries to California's farm belt, meant to protect threatened fish, can be scientifically justified. They say more evidence is needed to reinforce when such pumping restrictions should occur.
Farmers on the Valley's troubled west side were relieved to learn more irrigation water will be released from the Delta. Their initial allocation was just 5% of normal. On Tuesday that figure was increased to 25%.
A series of drenching storms have replenished many of California's reservoirs, freeing up more water for parched farms and cities throughout the state, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Tuesday.