Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Further Deep Budget Cuts will Hurt Economy, Interior Secretary Says

From the Los Angeles Times:

“Officials from the Obama administration are taking their case against proposed deep budget cuts advancing in Congress to the public, warning that they would hurt the economy and inhibit the government’s ability to enforce popular laws.

“U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on Monday described some of the proposed cuts to conservation programs as irrational.”

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Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

City of Sacramento Urges Conservation After Water Main Break

From Capital Public Radio:

“Nearly 30,000 people in North Natomas are being asked to conserve water after a water main break.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Latest Heat Wave Leads to ‘Spare the Water’ Call in Sacramento

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Officials in the city of Sacramento issued a ‘Spare the Water Alert’ on Thursday due to temperatures forecast to exceed 100 degrees for several days.

“The alert calls for voluntary water conservation measures by Sacramento water customers only.”

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Aquafornia news [Marysville] Appeal-Democrat

Micro-irrigation Cuts Water Usage in Sutter County

From the [Marysville] Appeal-Democrat:

“The PVC pipes and drip lines have arrived, and prune farmer Raghbir Atwal is looking forward to having 40 more acres of his Yuba City orchards converted to a micro-irrigation system.”

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Aquafornia news Associated Press

Saving Water: Five Steps to Smarter Irrigating

From the Associated Press:

“Smart irrigation is becoming a hot landscaping specialty as groundwater aquifers are increasingly sucked dry.”

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Aquafornia news New York Times

An Arid Arizona City Manages Its Thirst

From the New York Times:

“Half of the water consumed in homes here is used to irrigate lawns, but there is a certain curiosity about the way water is used in Phoenix, which gets barely eight inches of rain a year but is not necessarily parched. The per capita consumption here, 108 gallons a day, is less than in Los Angeles, where residents average 123 gallons a day.”

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Aquafornia news San Luis Obispo Tribune

Wineries Working to Conserve Water

From the San Luis Obispo Tribune:

“Local organizations like the nonprofit Central Coast Vineyard Team and the statewide California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance reach out to vineyard owners, educating them about a variety of conservation methods.”

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Aquafornia news Center for Investigative Reporting

Environmental Concerns Surface as California Aims to Milk China’s Dairy Demand

From the Center for Investigative Reporting:

“A growing demand for milk and cheese in China has the potential to bring California’s beleaguered dairy industry back to life – and with it, renewed concern about its damaging effects on the environment.”

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Aquafornia news Charlotte Observer

Look for Big and Small Ways to Cap Your Water Bill

From the Charlotte Observer:

“The showers, toilets, washing machines, garden hoses and other thirsty devices can spray your water bill with charges. The environment suffers, too, when we use more water than we have to. Consider these interventions if you’d like to see your water bill evaporate, rather than your paycheck.”

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Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies

Los Angeles Urges Conservation Due to Low Water Supplies

From the Association of California Water Agencies:

“With record-low water deliveries projected from the Los Angeles Aqueduct, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is reminding its customers to conserve water indoors and outdoors this summer.

The dry winter, below average rainfall and snowpack, and reduced supply from the State Water project has created a “perfect storm” for L.A. residents, said James B.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Editorial: Time has come for ban on plastic grocery bags

From the Sacramento Bee:

Banning single-use plastic bags is not going to save the environment. But it would help keep city streets, beaches and the ocean cleaner.

The state Senate, which stymied proposed bans in 2010 and 2012, has before it a balanced bill with broad support. When it comes up for a floor vote, probably today, senators should pass it.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press-Democrat

Preservation Ranch Officially Preserved

From the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat:

Nearly 20,000 acres of remote forest once targeted for vineyard development in remote northwest Sonoma County will be set aside as timberland and wildlife habitat under a landmark conservation deal that closed Friday.

The property commonly called Preservation Ranch near the town of Annapolis is now owned by The Conservation Fund, a national group that specializes in forest protection.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Inland Southern California Water Use Drops

From the Associated Press:

The economic downturn has had an unusual consequence for inland Southern California: water consumption has dropped, allowing the region to meet a statewide requirement to use 20 percent less by 2020.

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