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Posted inRegional

As Marijuana Industry Explodes, Some Shift Focus to Water Conservation

October 4, 2017 – Marijuana is becoming big business around the West as more states legalize the plant’s cultivation for recreational purposes. California’s entry into the field, which becomes official on January 1, is certain to bring an explosion of cannabis-related commerce simply because of the size of its market. All this poses a vital […]

Posted inCalifornia

Water Transfers: Crucial to Western Rivers, But State Programs Lacking

April 17, 2017 – Oregon and Washington lead the way in state programs that facilitate environmental water transfers. A new Stanford study concludes Colorado Basin states, including California, have lots of catching up to do. Water transfers are an important way to share a limited resource, especially to help fish and habitats that were historically left […]

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Why Floodplains Could Be California’s Buffer Against Climate Extremes

Feb. 24, 2017 – Groundwater recharge, flood protection and wildlife habitat all depend on floodplains. Now there’s a new movement underway in California to revive them in order to ease California’s dramatic swings between drought and flood. In just a few short weeks, Californians have been reminded that drought has an evil twin: flooding. Droughts in the […]