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Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

‘Water Cops’ Being Hired By Bay Area Agencies to Root Out Water Waste

From the San Jose Mercury News:

California’s worsening drought and mandatory new state water rules are prompting Bay Area water agencies to beef up their conservation staffs — the employees sometimes called “water cops.”

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Aquafornia news Desert Sun

Coachella Valley Residents Change Habits During California Drought

From The Desert Sun:

In the midst of one of its worst droughts in decades, Californians are being told to cut back on water use or pay a price. Many Coachella Valley residents say they are doing their best to comply.

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: Punished for Saving Water — A Drought Catch-22

From the Los Angeles Times:

Talk about mixed messages: While Gov. Jerry Brown is warning that California faces its worst drought since record-keeping began and regulators have approved fines of up to $500 for wasting water, some Southern California cities are continuing to issue warnings and citations to residents who let their lawns go brown.

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Aquafornia news Associated Press

Officials: Complacency Drives Hike In Water Use

From the Associated Press:

The coastal region was cited along with the northeast corner of the state in a study released Tuesday as areas that saw significant increases in water use, even as Gov. Jerry Brown called for Californians to cut use by 20 percent.

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Blame L.A.? Not So Fast, Southern California Water Officials Say

From the San Jose Mercury News:

California’s north-south water rivalry revved up Wednesday, a day after a state survey showed that while most of the drought-ravaged state modestly reduced its water consumption, coastal Southern California is headed in the wrong direction.

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee Capitol Alert blog

Blog: Lady Gaga joins California’s Water Conservation Campaign

From The Sacramento Bee Capitol Alert blog:

Back in February, pop superstar Lady Gaga got permission to fill the pool at Hearst Castle for a music video shoot. Among the conditions of the deal was her participation in a public service announcement promoting water conservation, which earned her a letter of thanks from Gov. Jerry Brown.

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Blog: Taking Action During California’s Drought

From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “It’s Our Environment” blog, in a post by André Villaseñor:

Recently, I thought about water quite a bit while my daughters and I were camping in Joshua Tree National Park. To survive three days in the desert, we brought 15 gallons of water. We were able to thrive on less than 12 gallons, including drinking, cooking, and brushing.

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Aquafornia news Associated Press

California Water Use Rises Amid Crippling Drought

From the Associated Press:

Californians increased water consumption this year during the state’s severe drought, despite pleas from the governor to conserve, fallowed farm fields and reservoirs that are quickly draining, according to a report released Tuesday.

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Editorial: Water Conservation in California Can No Longer Be Voluntary

From the Los Angeles Times:

Earlier this year, Gov. Jerry Brown urged Californians to voluntarily cut their water usage by 20% to help preserve the state’s already limited supply during this severe drought. But sometimes, asking nicely doesn’t work.

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Aquafornia news New York Times

Editorial: Saving Water in California

From The New York Times:

California is in the third year of its worst drought in decades. But you wouldn’t know it by looking at how much water the state’s residents and businesses are using. According to a recent state survey, Californians cut the amount of water they used in the first five months of the year by just 5 percent, far short of the 20 percent reduction Gov.
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Commentary: We’re All Wet When It Comes to Controlling Our Water Appetites

From the Los Angeles Times, in a commentary by Patt Morrison:

Five months ago, Gov. Jerry Brown asked us to use 20% less water. We’ve managed 5%. Good job, California.

Now the state and cities should force us to do what we aren’t grown up enough to do on our own.

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Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Water District Sleuths Help Bay Area Residents Cut Waste

From the San Jose Mercury News:

Drew Mathers doesn’t carry a badge or a gun, but he’s still a detective — one who spends his days snooping through the bathrooms and backyards of Silicon Valley. … He’s on the hunt for water waste.

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Aquafornia news New York Times

Californians Keep Up With Joneses’ Water Use

From The New York Times:

In five months since the drought emergency was declared, Californians have cut their water consumption only 5 percent compared with recent years, according to state officials — a far cry from the 20 percent that Gov. Jerry Brown called for in January.

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Aquafornia news Modesto Bee

Modesto Strives to Get Water Customers to Conserve

From The Modesto Bee:

Modesto is asking everyone to conserve water as the state bakes under a third straight year of drought. And in case folks have not gotten the message, the city is helping them.

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Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Editorial: Everyone has to Pitch in to Save Water

From the Marin Independent Journal:

Gov. Jerry Brown has asked Californians to “redouble” their efforts to conserve water.

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Aquafornia news California Department of Food and Agriculture Planting Seeds blog

Blog: State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) Built on Collaborative Partnerships

From the California Department of Food and Agriculture Planting Seeds blog:

CDFA continues to accept applications for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program, or SWEEP. The deadline to apply is July 15, 2014.

The program is designed to provide financial assistance to agricultural operations for the implementation of of water conservation measures that increase water efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Aquafornia news California Department of Food and Agriculture Planting Seeds blog

Blog: State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) Built on Collaborative Partnerships

From the California Department of Food and Agriculture Planting Seeds blog:

CDFA continues to accept applications for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program, or SWEEP. The deadline to apply is July 15, 2014.

The program is designed to provide financial assistance to agricultural operations for the implementation of of water conservation measures that increase water efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Southland Falls Short of Achieving 20% Voluntary Cut in Water Use

From the Los Angeles Times:

Southern Californians have fallen far short of achieving the 20% voluntary cut in water use sought by Gov. Jerry Brown in the face of the deep drought afflicting every corner of the state.

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Aquafornia news NPR

Meters Would Help Sacramento Homes Save More Water

From NPR:

Officials in California are asking people to use less water because of the severe drought. But about a million people in the state live in homes without the best means of water-use management: meters.

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Aquafornia news California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA (CCSC)

Blog: New California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA Water Policy Brief

From the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA (CCSC):

Residential Water Consumption in Los Angeles: What are the Drivers and are Conservation Measures Working?

Dr. Stephanie Pincetl and Dr.