Why a New Water Recycling Plant Is Good for Wildlife

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By: Meghan Hertel

AS A BLISTERING California summer comes to a close, winter rains seem long ago. But for Central Valley wetlands and wildlife, a moderate El Niño winter and a new creative water project are hopeful signs after years of brutal drought.

On August 26, the Bureau of Reclamation and the Del Puerto Water District broke ground for a water recycling project to take treated water from Modesto and Turlock across the Valley in a new pipeline, to be shared among South of Delta farmers and wildlife refuges. Eventually, the project will provide up to 48,000 acre-feet (59m cubic meters) of drought-proof supply, with one-quarter going to wetlands and the rest to farmers. This is truly a win-win project and it couldn’t come at a more critical time.

Read more here: Water Deeply, September 6, 2016

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