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California Drought News: Smokey Bear gets a makeover, MWD gets a say in water tunnel construction

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Today we look at how the drought's affecting water management, Smokey Bear and more.

  • Just in time for what could be a busy summer of firefighting, the U.S. Forest Service is giving Smokey Bear an image makeover to appeal to millennials. No word yet whether his baggy dungarees will be replaced by skinny jeans. (Los Angeles Times)
  • Some of the state's largest water concerns — including Southern California's Metropolitan Water District and the Kern County Water Agency — are being asked to help plan construction for the twin water diversion tunnels that are central to Gov. Jerry Brown's plans to replumb the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. (Sacramento Bee)
  • Concerns the drought would cause a drop in school attendance as jobless farm workers relocate have come true in Fresno County. The Kings Canyon Unified School District reports a loss of about 150 students during a year it expected to see an increase. The decline means a drop of $1.5 million in state funding. (KVPR)
  • In Fresno, the city council is considering a plan to divert millions of gallons of water reserved for Fresno to a neighboring water district struggling to provide water to farmers. (Fresno Bee)
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