Monday's news takes note of the fact that the US and Portugal took the first water break of the FIFA World Cup — it was more than 90 degrees after dark in the Arena Amazonia — and reminds you to never stop playing defense even in the 94th minute.
- The Times editorial board comes out in favor of a water bond that's "well crafted" — which to them means:
Los Angeles needs a bond to help clean up the groundwater basin in the San Fernando Valley to make water caught and stored there safe and useful. It needs a bond to boost recycling projects. It needs a bond for, yes, the Los Angeles River, to ensure that the restoration effort provides more than just the nice amenity of a mid-city waterfront, but is also an ecologically sound project centered on storm-water recapture and actually puts to use water that would otherwise rush to the ocean. It needs a bond to bring 21st century technology to efficiency projects, to get more and better use out of less water. Other areas of California need a bond for the same reasons. And all of those investments will reduce, not increase, demands on the delta. (LA Times Editorial Board)
The editorial aims to distinguish between a water bond and the Bay Delta Conservation Plan debate — or to most people, "you know, that thing about the tunnels" — just as the backers of the BDCP have done lately.
Lawmakers who have allowed the bond to become a proxy fight over the tunnels should refocus.
- Alex Breitler reports on San Joaquin County's Groundwater Banking Authority, a group of agencies that are working to prioritize capital improvement projects — the kind that a water bond could boost. (Stockton Record)
- Lisa Krieger follows the path of snowflakes from Sierra mountaintops to northern California (and specifically the Bay Area's) thirst with a profile of the Tuolumne River watershed and its thirsty dependents. (San Jose Mercury-News)
Fires are gonna be a key part of the drought news roundup now that we're officially in summertime.
- We've had 2100 of 'em in California in 2014 so far, compared with 1250 in the same period in previous years. (KTLA)
- San Bernardino fire officials are worried about a "possibly thunderous" fire season this summer...so they're preparing for it. (San Bernardino Sun)
And in other news:
- An olive crop can grow with an acre-foot of water per acre. Any wonder olive oil is getting popular among some farmers? (Sacramento Bee)
- Less water means less sudden oak death — which is good news for bay laurel trees, too. (SF Gate)
- And the town of Outingdale in El Dorado county is spreading the word about "Navy showers" and other extreme coping mechanisms for drought. (Fresno Bee)
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