“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
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
“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.
“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
“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.”
“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
“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.”
“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.”
“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
“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.
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