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California Drought News: Navy showers, sudden oak death, and what a water bond should look like



From the silver linings department: drought has cut back on sudden oak death this year in California.
From the silver linings department: drought has cut back on sudden oak death this year in California.
stefan klocek/via Flickr

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.

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.

Fires are gonna be a key part of the drought news roundup now that we're officially in summertime.

And in other news:

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