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Aquafornia news U-T San Diego

Editorial: Worsening Drought Requires Action

From U-T San Diego:

“California’s worsening drought highlights the need for even more conservation among all Californians, in the north and south; more water storage capacity throughout the state; a long-term fix to the infrastructure problems of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta; and a continued push for new sources of water.”

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Commentary: A Call Long Ago to Install Water Meters

From The Sacramento Bee, in a column by Dan Morain:

“J.Q. Brown, Sacramento’s public works director circa 1920, had a bold vision, one that resonates to this day: Water lawns no more than every other day, and install water meters. My predecessors at The Bee denounced him.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Editorial: Sacramento’s Mandatory Water Conservation Lets Big Users Off the Hook

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Wednesday’s rain ended a record 52-day winter dry spell in Sacramento, and Thursday’s storm in the Sierra deepened the snowpack. Good thing, too, since it’s by no means certain that the city’s water-conservation campaign is going to work.”

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Water Question of the Day

From The Sacramento Bee:

“California is officially in drought mode. What do you want to know about the state’s water situation, water use and saving water?”

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Blog: 20% is Not Enough — Water Conservation in the Drought

From the Planning and Conservation League’s Green Roots blog, in a post by Bruce Reznik:

“Directives 1-3 of Governor Brown’s drought emergency proclamation directs the Department of Water Resources and other state agencies to embark on a statewide water conservation campaign to build upon the existing Save Our Water campaign that will encourage Californians to reduce their water usage by 20 percent.
Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

State Offers Drought Help to Shaver, Bass Lake Water Districts

From The Fresno Bee:

“The California Department of Public Health announced Tuesday it would offer assistance to three area foothill water districts at risk of running out of water — two at Shaver Lake and one at Bass Lake.”

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Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Santa Clara Valley Water Board Approves Reduction Plan

From the San Jose Mercury News:

“Following the governor’s statewide drought warning in a year of record dry skies, Santa Clara Valley Water District officials on Tuesday approved a goal of curbing water use by 10 percent.”

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Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco PUC Water Goal: Cut Use By 10%

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

“The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission this week will ask its customers to reduce their water use voluntarily by 10 percent, the latest sign of the drought affecting the state.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Suburban Water District Urges Voluntary Conservation

From The Sacramento Bee:

“The Sacramento Suburban Water District is urging all customers to voluntarily reduce their water consumption by 20 percent.”

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Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

Tulare County Turns Off Sprinklers in Drought Fight

From The Fresno Bee:

“Tulare County will stop watering parks, lawns and planters while drought grips the region, Board of Supervisors Chairman Phil Cox said Tuesday.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Water Cuts: It’s Honor System

From The Sacramento Bee:

“After weeks of an epic dry spell, the cities of Sacramento and Folsom ordered residential and business customers alike to cut water consumption by at least 20 percent starting earlier this month. But even though the cities intend to police the operation of lawn sprinklers to some extent, any water used behind closed doors – no matter how big the customer – is essentially on the honor system.”

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Aquafornia news 23 ABC News (Bakersfield)

Effective Tips to Help Conserve Water During California Drought Emergency

From 23 ABC News (Bakersfield):

“Recently the California drought has been making national headlines and is something we have been dealing with locally. …

“Right now, Bakersfield residents are only being asked to conserve water on a voluntary basis.”

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Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Bay Area Water Districts Start Asking Urban Residents to Conserve

From the San Jose Mercury News:

“Moving up a decision they planned to make later this spring, the leaders of Silicon Valley’s largest water provider, in the face of the worsening drought, will vote Tuesday on a host of new water conservation policies, including a reduction in water use.”

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Aquafornia news Commonwealth Club of California Climate One blog

Blog: Fluid State — The Future of Water in California

From the Commonwealth Club of California Climate One blog:

“It was a sunny, dry day [Jan. 10] in the middle of winter when two state senators [Sen.
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News Release: Madera County Almond Grower Tom Rogers Receives Farm Water Steward Award

FarmWaterAward-300x224.jpgFrom the Pacific Institute:

“Madera County almond grower Tom Rogers is the second recipient of the Farm Water Steward Award jointly presented by the Pacific Institute, Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), and Ag Innovations Network at an award dinner celebration on January 21 at the T.S.
Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Sacramento State to Replace Old Toilets with City Help

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Sacramento State, one of the city’s largest water consumers, will get 521 new toilets that use a fraction of the water required by decades-old campus fixtures, President Alexander Gonzalez announced Thursday at his annual spring address.”

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Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Editorial: Politics Aside, Drought’s Cure is a Brown Lawn

From the Redding Record Searchlight:

“Go ahead, let the lawn dry up. Brown is the new green.

“Lending the weight of his office to the obvious, Gov. Jerry Brown formally declared a drought ’state of emergency’ Friday morning. As he likes to say, the governor can’t make it rain.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Cloverdale Imposes Mandatory Water Conservation

From the Santa Rosa Press Democrat:

“Cloverdale on Wednesday became the second city in Sonoma County to impose mandatory water conservation measures, the day after neighboring Healdsburg did the same.

“That means Cloverdale residents must curtail their water use by 25 percent compared to the same time last year, to deal with the record drought gripping the state.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Elk Grove Leaders Ask Residents to Curtail Water Use By 20 Percent

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Elk Grove is calling on residents to voluntarily cut back their water use by 20 percent, joining cities across the region that are girding for drought.”

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Commentary: We’ve Come a Long Way in Slaking SoCal’s Thirst

From the Los Angeles Times, in a commentary by Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California:

“Given the record dry weather in recent months, it is quite possible that Southern California will receive very little water from Northern California this year. Major reservoirs in the north are far below their normal levels for this time of year, with the two largest at only one-third of capacity.

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