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Huge Reservoir Could be Expanded to Store More Water

San Luis Reservoir, 7 miles long and a key part of California’s water supply irrigates farmland across the Central Valley and provides drinking water for Silicon Valley and other cities. A $1.1 billion plan by the federal government will strengthen the huge earthen dam, but more than earthquake safety work is involved.

(June 27, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Monterey County Officials Tackle Water, Cannabis Tax

The Monterey County Board of Supervisors gave a green light on private ownership of desalination projects and took a step closer to allowing errant cannabis producers to catch up on owed taxes. The board also approved a spending plan that will face difficulties ahead.

(June 22, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report

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Cal Water to move into Stage 2 of water shortage contingency plan in Salinas and King City districts

SALINAS VALLEY — In light of worsening drought conditions, California Water Service (Cal Water) has requested to move into Stage 2 of its Water Shortage Contingency Plan in the Salinas and King City districts with the California Public Utilities Commission …


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Ornamental lawns targeted in Peninsula's newly tightened water restrictions.

Starting June 1, ornamental lawns, including common areas in homeowner associations, cannot be irrigated with drinking water; restaurants cannot serve customers water unless requested and hosing down a walkway or driveway is prohibited under new water restrictions approved by local…


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Monterey has four affordable housing projects in the works, but not enough water to give.

On May 17, the Monterey City Council will discuss four city-owned properties it hopes to turn into affordable housing, and will be asked to wrestle with some challenging questions about how to move forward with making them a reality.


Image caption: Saving water has become more crucial in California’s drought crisis.
How to Save Water: Simple Steps You Can Take

Saving water is more important than ever in California, due to the region’s worst drought conditions in 1,200 years. Here are some steps you can take to help.


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Long-needed Pajaro levee upgrade gets funding, but there is one more step.

For over 50 years, since 1966, the Pajaro River levee has been on the radar of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ reconstruction list as a needed upgrade to protect the community from flooding, yet it has remained undone. The…


Image caption: With drought getting worse, California needs to increase water use efficiency.
How California Can Increase Water Savings By 30 Percent

California can increase water savings in urban and suburban areas by 30 to 48 percent using nothing but existing technology, a new report from the Pacific Institute says.


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Cal Water secures funding to relieve King City customers of past-due water bill debt

KING CITY — California Water Service (Cal Water) has announced that customers in King City received a total of $77,304 in bill credits to resolve remaining unpaid water bill balances incurred during the height of Covid-19. Cal Water secured funding …


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Unusually low rain prompts water officials to reconsider dam releases for growers.

Since January, the Salinas Valley has cried a dry song, accumulating only 0.8 inches of rain – 11 percent of its average for that time.


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Mounting long-term water needs will require Salinas Valley landowners to tax themselves, and multiple agencies may be asking.

The Salinas Valley is said to feed the world, but being a fertile powerhouse depends on access to water, an increasingly scarce resource whose future could come down to decisions made in the next few years.


Image caption: A new report is sharply critical of California's laws and rules for granting water rights.
Bringing California Water Laws Into the Future

California’s outdated water rights laws have failed to account for the effects of climate change, says a new expert report, which makes some strong recommendations.


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