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California Drought News: Trouble for state rivers, the growing concern over groundwater and more

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Another day, another series of drought effects hitting the environment and the people of California.

  • One victim of the ongoing drought appears to be Chinook salmon in the American River near Sacramento. Environmental and fishing groups say water flows from two federally operated dams are too warm and too slow to support the population. They've filed a complaint with the state. (Sacramento Bee)
  • Meanwhile, a national advocacy group has named the nearby San Joaquin River America's most endangered waterway. An ongoing restoration program has become caught in the debate over the best use for water in a drought. (Fresno Bee)
  • The future of groundwater supplies has become the topic du jour in the Central Valley, which relies heavily on them. A university in Turlock has invited the public to a meeting of water experts to spark  a discussion on the issue. (Modesto Bee)
  • Among the arguments for a proposal to ban fracking in California is it's not a good use of water during a drought. A bill to establish a moratorium has advanced in the state Senate. (Los Angeles Times)

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