Aquafornia news Monterey County Herald

Shift Into Drought Mode

From the Monterey County Herald:

“No doubt you’ve never seen a winter like the one we’re having — and the dry conditions and elevated temperatures are worrying a lot of Californians.

“With a drought declaration looming for the state, and likely water restrictions for most areas this year, homeowners would be wise to prepare for the worst-case scenario.”

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Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

After Dry Spell, Get Ready for Water Restrictions

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

“In what may be a first for this time of year, residents in many parts of California are being asked – and sometimes ordered – to scale back their water use.

“A record-breaking dry spell has left the state’s rivers parched and the snowpack trifling – and there’s almost no rain in the forecast.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Drought Outlook Means Homeowners in Chico, Paradise Should Tighten Water Use

From the Chico Enterprise-Record:

“Now, more than ever, is the time to cut down on water use, even if it is not required, urban water managers said.

“However, Paradise and Chico water companies are neither at a level of crisis nor making water use curtailment mandatory.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Officials Push for Mandatory Water Reductions by Residents

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Top city officials are recommending that the [Sacramento] City Council approve a plan next week requiring a 20 percent to 30 percent reduction in water use by residents, businesses and city agencies.”

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Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Editorial: Time for Action on Saving Water

From the Santa Rosa Press Democrat:

“On New Year’s Eve, the state Water Resources Control Board issued an order approving the Sonoma County Water Agency’s bid for urgent action to help preserve water in Lake Mendocino. …

“Next week, the Water Agency is expected to issue some aggressive conservation guidelines on water usage.”

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Blog: New Study to Reflect Conservation Benefits from Farming in Central Valley

From the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Planting Seeds blog, in a post by Anita Brown, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service:

“Every year thousands of California farmers work hard to protect the environment while maintaining the state’s enviable status as the Nation’s top agricultural producer.

“Farmers establish highly efficient irrigation systems, limit or stop the runoff from their farms, add vegetative strips and hedgerows to catch sediment, lend a patch of space to pollinators and wildlife, practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM), and adopt pr

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Editorial: Drought Makes Irksome Mandate the Sensible Path

From the Redding Record Searchlight:

“As an example of the kind of thing that strikes independent-minded North State residents as an overly intrusive law that tries to micromanage ordinary Californians’ lives, you couldn’t do much better than the new state plumbing mandates.

“Starting this January, homeowners who make substantial improvements will be required to install water-saving low-flow showerheads, taps and toilets as part of the building permit. And this is just the warmup.

Aquafornia news Desert Sun

Indio Water Forum: Public Perception Hinders Conservation

From The Desert Sun:

“Coachella Valley water experts agreed Tuesday during The Desert Sun’s second water forum that public perceptions and private costs are major hurdles to water conservation.

“Experts from recreational, agricultural and environmental fields were invited to the Indio Senior Center at 6 p.m. to weigh in on the valley’s biggest water issues.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Home Improvements Will Trigger New Rule on Replacing Plumbing Fixtures in 2014

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Starting Jan. 1, any improvement or alteration to a single-family home more than 20 years old will trigger a 2009 state law mandating the installation of water-saving toilets, shower heads and faucets.

“Local government building officials, contractors and would-be home remodelers only recently started becoming aware of the rule.”

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Commentary: New Farming Technology Can’t Replace Need for Water

From the Los Angeles Daily News, in a commentary by Charles Wilson and Mike Wade:

“Southern Californians are leaders in conservation, using the same amount of water today as 20 years ago, despite adding 3 million people to the population.
Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Officials Concerned Restrictions May Apply to Water Action Plan

From the Appeal-Democrat:

“Potential water conservation requirements on agriculture would be a ‘non-starter’ to implement the draft California Water Action Plan, one Sutter County official said on Friday.

“Nothing about the plan is final yet, and no definitive statement about the plan’s effect on agricultural water supply can be made, said Richard Stapler, spokesman for the California Natural Resource Agency, one of three state agencies that authored the plan.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

City of Sacramento Strives to Lead in Water Conservation

From The Sacramento Bee:

“The city of Sacramento is positioning itself to become the capital region’s water conservation leader, a dramatic shift after decades of opposition to even basic conservation ideas like water meters.

“On Tuesday, the City Council unanimously adopted a 150-page water conservation plan that will invest millions of dollars in a host of new measures, some normally associated with thirsty desert cities.”

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Aquafornia news Healthy Waters for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Mid-Atlantic Region blog

Blog: It’s Not Psycho to ‘Shower Better’ with WaterSense

From the Healthy Waters for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Mid-Atlantic Region blog:

“You know how the classic horror film goes. You’re in the shower, escaping the outside world and winding down…until that music comes on and the curtain flings open.

“How terrifying – you’re wasting so much water in your shower! The horror!!

“So what if there was a better, less scary way to shower? There is, thanks to WaterSense labeled showerheads.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Rolls Out New Conservation Program

From The Sacramento Bee:

“With the arrival of residential water meters, Sacramentans are feeling extra pressure to conserve. The shock of seeing how much water they really use, and its price tag, is enough to prompt rapid action. …

“Property Assessed Clean Energy is a federal program that allows homeowners to pay for conservation upgrades via installments added to their property tax payments.”

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Aquafornia news News 10 ABC

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Voters Support Legal Pot, Prison Fixes, Conserving Water

From News 10 ABC:

“Voters are firm in their opinions. Except when they’re not. …

“Water Woes:  The new [PPIC] poll not only finds a familiar split when it comes to whether Californians want more water (45 percent) or just wiser usage of water (49 percent), but a pretty weak starting point for a big water bond measure on the statewide ballot.”

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Aquafornia news Imperial Valley Press

Officials at IID Workshop Continue to Urge Water Conservation

From the Imperial Valley Press:

“The Imperial Irrigation District hosted a public workshop Wednesday to discuss the preservation of the IID’s water rights and the challenges posed by the massive water transfer at the heart of the Quantification Settlement Agreement.

“Yet, more than a year after the IID adopted an alternative approach to the QSA and less than two months after the validity of the transfer was upheld in court, the message from the district’s attorneys is essentially the same: The IID and the farm community must make a reasonable effort to conserve Colorado River w

Aquafornia news Pacific Institute

Report: 70% of Legally Required Agricultural Water Management Plans Not Submitted

From the Pacific Institute:

“Twenty-four of California’s agricultural water districts have submitted agricultural water management plans, leaving 55 districts out of compliance with the requirement of the Water Conservation Act of 2009, according to a new joint analysis issued today by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Pacific Institute. This represents a 30% compliance rate, meaning there is much work to be done to ensure sustainable water management for the state.
Aquafornia news Imperial Valley Press

Imperial Valley Farmers Put Water Conservation to Work

From the Imperial Valley Press:

“There is no shortage of Imperial Valley farmers who oppose the Quantification Settlement Agreement, the nation’s largest agriculture to urban-area water transfer.

“Many have challenged its validity in court over the last 10 years.

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Blog: Paradox on the Plains – As Water Efficiency Increases, So Can Water Use

From the California WaterBlog, a blog of the UC Davis’ Center for Watershed Sciences:

“Groundwater and water conservation are critical issues in California and globally. Many of the world’s most productive agricultural regions depend on groundwater and have experienced unsustainable declines in water levels.

“In many places, policymakers have attempted to decrease groundwater extraction through voluntary, incentive-based conservation programs for irrigated agriculture. These policies are often billed as policies where everyone gains. They are politically feasible.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Editorial: Good Reason to Save More Water this Year

From the Marin Independent Journal:

“Water agencies in Marin are asking households and businesses to conserve. That should not be surprising given the dry weather we’ve had so far in 2013.

“We’re living off the rain-drenched finish of 2012, but there’s no guarantee that a normal weather pattern will make a return.”

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