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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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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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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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 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 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.
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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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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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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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Aquafornia news KQED News Fix blog

Blog: 8 Simple Ways to Conserve Water

From the KQED News Fix blog:

“On Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown declared California officially in a state of drought, asking residents and businesses to voluntary reduce water usage by 20 percent. … Here are eight ways you can start saving water right now — no trips to the hardware store required.”

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Sacramento Area Scrambles to Adopt Water Conservation Measures

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Sacramento water agencies are racing to impose the toughest conservation orders ever seen in the region amid a dry winter that may soon shatter records.

“If downtown Sacramento goes until Tuesday without measurable precipitation, it will break a 1976 record as the driest winter stretch – 45 days – in the city’s history, according to the National Weather Service.”

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Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

MMWD to Call for Voluntary 20 Percent Water Reduction

From the Marin Independent Journal:

“Marin Municipal Water District officials Tuesday are likely to approve a resolution calling for a 20 percent voluntary reduction in water use.

“The move, which would come as the dry weather continues, would mirror a similar call made to the public by Gov. Jerry Brown last week.”

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Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Editorial: Water Conservation Needed Now

From the San Jose Mercury News:

“Gov. Jerry Brown’s state-of-emergency declaration of a drought was important for legal reasons, since it makes water transfers easier. But it doesn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know.

“It’s time to get serious about water conservation.”

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Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Editorial: We See No Rain, But Have No Clue

From the Chico Enterprise-Record:

“Our view: With no rain falling, you’d think we’d scale back water use without being told. Nope, but the politicians will take care of that.

“You probably had an enthusiastic conversation or two Saturday about something that hadn’t come up in a long time: Rain.”

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Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Sacramento Council Votes to Enact Severe Water Rationing

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Faced with historically low water levels on the American River and a long-range forecast providing little relief, the Sacramento City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to enact severe water rationing on residents and businesses, while also boosting enforcement efforts against water scofflaws. …

“Sacramento joined other municipalities around the region enacting tough water-saving measures.”

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Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

City of Sacramento: We Are In a Drought

From Capital Public Radio:

The City of Sacramento is under a mandatory water reduction order approved by the Sacramento City Council last night. 

“Dave Brent from the City Department of Utilities says the volume of water in Folsom Lake is at an historic low -well below that of the 1976-77 drought.”

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Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Petaluma Prepares for Future Water Conservation

From the Santa Rosa Press Democrat:

“Petaluma water experts are laying the groundwork for a drought emergency come summertime, but stopped short of calling for residents to begin conservation measures this winter. …

“As the driest period in decades continues, officials throughout Sonoma County are beginning an aggressive campaign to encourage residents to watch their water habits before the hot, even drier summer months.”

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