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A California board action threatens farm survival

Sacramento Bee: The negative impacts of the dry water year will be multiplied many times over if a proposal by a state agency becomes reality. Continue reading

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Drought-stricken state gets drenched, but not enough to ease historic shortfall

ClimateWire: California got some much-needed precipitation over the weekend, but not nearly enough to ameliorate the state’s persistent drought, weather and water experts said. Long-awaited storms in Northern and Southern California dumped several inches of snow and rain on parched mountains, fields and cities Continue reading

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Drought-plagued California tries drink ocean (hold the salt)

Grist: Despite the pugnacious storms that had California on the ropes this past weekend, the state is still in the middle of a record-making drought. The snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is well under half its usual level for this time of year, and there’s almost certainly no way to catch up this late in the season. Enter the ongoing construction of 17 desalination plants across the state Continue reading

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Utility Cited for Violating Pollution Law in North Carolina

New York Times: North Carolina regulators said Monday that five power plants owned by Duke Energy have been cited for violating water pollution laws, three days after announcing a similar action against Duke’s plant in Eden, N.C., where 39,000 tons of coal ash fouled the Dan River last month. The citations, which charge Duke with failing to obtain storm-water permits under federal law, could lead to fines of $25,000 per day for each of the six plants Continue reading

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Even In A Desert, Drought Spells Trouble For Ranchers

National Public Radio: In northern Nevada, a place famous for its wide, open spaces and expansive cattle operations, ranchers are in a bind due to the historic drought. Continue reading

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No Conflict of Interest Found in Favorable Review of Keystone Pipeline

New York Times: A State Department contractor who prepared an environmental analysis of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline did not violate conflict of interest rules, even though the contractor had previously done work for TransCanada, the company seeking to build pipeline, a State Department inspector general’s investigation concluded on Wednesday. The results of the investigation could further pave the way for the Obama administration to approve the 1,700-mile, $5.4 billion pipeline, which would move heavily… Continue reading

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The Search For Drinking Water In California Has Led To Ocean

National Public Radio: California is getting some much needed rain this week, but more than two-thirds of the state is still in extreme drought conditions, and that has the state thinking about alternative ways of getting water. On the coast in Carlsbad, Calif., construction workers are building what will be the largest seawater desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere Continue reading

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Nebraska judge’s decision another obstacle for Keystone XL

Associated Press: Just as pressure was building on President Obama to make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline that would carry oil from Canada to refineries in Texas, the project ran into another obstacle – and it came again from Nebraska. Continue reading

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Federal water allocation drought-stricken California farms cut to zero

Reuters: The worsening drought in California will force a first-ever complete cutoff of federally supplied irrigation water to most farm districts throughout the state’s Central Valley heartland this year, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said on Friday. The projected 2014 zero allocation to all but a handful of agricultural districts supplied by the federally run Central Valley Project comes three weeks after forecasts of similarly drastic cuts were announced by managers of a separate water-delivery system… Continue reading

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Toxic Leak Taints North Carolina Coal Plants, And Regulators

National Public Radio: A broken pipe funneled 30,000 tons of toxic coal ash into the Dan River in North Carolina earlier this month, turning it gray. The pipe has been plugged, but the spill has reignited a fight over storage of coal ash, and scrutiny of the state regulators responsible for monitoring it. The U.S Continue reading

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