Gov. Jerry Brown used an Earth Day celebration at Sonoma County’s Iron Horse Vineyards on Sunday to applaud California’s environmental leadership and reassure residents the state will survive its historic four-year drought by tapping its reservoirs of innovation and creativity.
Desalination promises a world with no limits. … That promise is driving the $1 billion desalination plant that Poseidon Water is set to open in Carlsbad this November. And it has brought Poseidon within one permit of building a plant in Huntington Beach.
In a further sign of a drought of historic intensity, flow from a diminished Boca Reservoir into the Truckee River halted Thursday. … The Truckee River Basin’s snowpack Thursday was measured at 15 percent of normal for this time of year. The Carson River Basin’s was at 1 percent.
In an acknowledgment that some areas have done a better job of conserving water during California’s severe, and worsening drought, state water officials on Saturday rolled out a revised water-reduction plan that eases required cutbacks for some communities while increasing mandatory targets for others.
The state water board has modified its proposed conservation regulations in an attempt to incorporate feedback from urban water suppliers, interest groups and members of the public who had roundly criticized its framework.
The revised conservation mandates unveiled by state water regulators Saturday would require most Sacramento-area communities to make even bigger cuts in water use than originally proposed, disappointing area leaders who argue the state should take into account the region’s hot weather and large lot sizes.
As California enters its fourth year of drought and imposes the first mandatory statewide water cutbacks on cities and towns, the $6.5 billion almond crop is helping drive a sharp debate about water use, agricultural interests and how both affect the state’s giant economy.
For four generations, Dirk Giannini’s family has used water from the Salinas Valley Groundwater Basin, along with hundreds of other growers, to transform land above it into one of the most valuable agricultural regions in the world.
Under the draft regulations released by the State Water Resources Control Board, golf courses and other commercial properties that rely on an “independent source of water supply” would be required to limit irrigation to two days a week or achieve a 25 percent reduction in water use. That could mean big changes for many of the Coachella Valley’s 122 golf courses, a majority of which rely on private wells.
In drought-stricken California, golf is often seen as a bad guy — it can be hard to defend watering acres of grass for fun when residents are being ordered to cut their usage and farmers are draining their wells.
A UC Davis researcher is studying whether tiny bits of plastic used in face washes, toothpaste and other consumer products are accumulating in Sacramento-area rivers and flowing out to the Pacific Ocean. … Their small size also means they don’t get filtered out of the wastewater that flows from homes to sewage-treatment plants.