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Blog: Can California Avoid a ‘Shock to Trance’ Approach to Water Policy?

From the New York Times Dot Earth blog, in a post by Andrew C. Revkin:

“Forecasters predict heavy rains will sweep in from the Pacific Ocean over much of California late next week.
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Tahoe/Truckee Agencies Support 20 Percent Water Reduction

From the Tahoe Daily Tribune:

“Considering the uncertainty of long-term weather patterns, the Northstar district, Truckee Donner Public Utility District and Placer County Water Agency — which all depend on Martis Valley and deep groundwater wells for water — are encouraging customers to meet the 20 percent request.
Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Windsor Declares Water Emergency

From the Santa Rosa Press Democrat:

“Windsor this week joined a growing list of cities declaring a water shortage emergency and asking their residents to conserve. The Town Council on Wednesday approved a resolution seeking voluntary reductions in water use of 20 percent.
Aquafornia news Desert Sun

What Drought? Water Features Recycle, But ‘Every Drop Counts’

From The Desert Sun:

“Being a resort community, the Coachella Valley is full of ornamental water features outside hotels, housing developments and golf courses. …

“These types of features typically use water recycled through their systems, but experts say they could hurt California’s water conservation efforts if they’re left unchecked while the state contends with a drought.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Business Journal

California AT&T Employees Ordered to Cut Water Use

From the Sacramento Business Journal:

“If you happen to notice that AT&T Inc.’s vehicles are dirtier than normal, understand that it’s by design. The telecom’s 34,000 employees in California have been told to reduce their company water use by 30 percent until the state’s drought emergency is lifted.”

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Editorial: Saving Water a Top Priority

From the Chico Enterprise-Record:

“Our view: The drought hasn’t vanished because of one storm, and everybody needs to do their part to quit wasting water.

“It’s easy to point fingers at water wasters during a drought. A San Jose Mercury News article printed over the weekend and posted on our website was an eye opener. A map showing water use per capita demonstrated that inland areas used more water than coastal areas.

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California Drought: Database Shows Big Difference Between Water Guzzlers and Sippers

From the San Jose Mercury News:

“The historic drought is making average residents think twice every time they turn on the tap, despite the weekend rain. But there is nothing average about the way Californians consume water: A little-known state database that measures water use in every community shows huge — sometimes shocking — differences between California’s water sippers and guzzlers.”

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Roseville Residents to See Water Hikes Because of Drought

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Roseville residents are likely see dramatic price increases on their water bills if a drought emergency is declared in the city. …

“Like other neighboring communities, Roseville for decades has sourced water from Folsom Lake. But because of historic low water levels, officials are working on a multipronged drought plan.” 

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Marin Homeowners Compelled to Combine Water Conservation With Renovation

From the Marin Independent Journal:

“If you’re about to do a renovation on your home, there’s something you should know: If the house is more than 20 years old and has water-wasting fixtures, you must replace them thanks to a new state law being phased in this year.”

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Commentary: Jay Famiglietti’s Mission — to Rescue Us From Our Bad Water Habits

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

“If there are stars among the state’s water experts, Jay Famiglietti is one, with titles too long for a marquee: a UC Irvine professor of earth system science and head of the UC Center for Hydrologic Modeling, and a new member of the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board among them.”

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California Drought: Why is there No Mandatory Water Rationing?

From the San Jose Mercury News:

“Fourteen months into a historic drought, with reservoirs running low and the Sierra snowpack 27 percent of normal, a growing number of Californians are wondering: Why isn’t everyone being forced to ration?

“So far, Gov.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Flood Irrigation Still Common, But Drip Method is Gaining Ground

From The Sacramento Bee:

“The sight is not uncommon in California: water moving slowly across farm fields, in broad sheets or through a grid of ditches, propelled only by the pull of gravity.”

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Farmers Turn to World Ag Expo for Water Solutions

From The Salinas Californian:

“Over the course of this week’s World Ag Expo in Tulare, Shane Shiplet and his staff at Valley Global Irrigation have spent a lot of time speaking with farmers about water.

“But things have been different this week compared to past expos.”

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Aquafornia news Hanford Sentinel

Using Less Water at Home

From the Hanford Sentinel:

“Gov. Jerry Brown last month issued a drought emergency last month and called for residents to cut their water consumption by 20 percent.

“So what’s the best way to do that? According to Rita Schmidt Sudman at the Sacramento-based Water Education Foundation, it’s by reducing the amount of water used for landscaping.”

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Water-saving Apps Turn Conservation Into a Money-saving Game

From the San Jose Mercury News:

“With millions of people worried about California’s historic drought, a proliferation of free apps turn water conservation into a game while letting consumers save both water and money around the house.”

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Commentary: Getting Rid of Grass is Making Homeowners’ Wallets Greener

From the Los Angeles Times, in a column by Steve Lopez:

“If somehow you missed the news that California is drier than a stale tortilla, the Amber Alert signs have come to the rescue with highway bulletins like this one:

“‘Serious drought, help save water.’”

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Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Obama Comes to California Carrying Drought Aid

From the McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau:

“President Barack Obama is bringing additional drought aid with him Friday, as he arrives in California’s stricken San Joaquin Valley.

“The new assistance includes sped-up livestock disaster assistance for California producers, provided under a newly signed farm bill, as well as targeted conservation assistance, watershed protection funds, additional summer feeding programs and emergency community water grants.”

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Lady Gaga: California’s New Drought Spokeswoman

From the Los Angeles Times:

“Lady Gaga has a new message for all of her ‘little monsters’: Save water. The five-time Grammy Award winner will soon be on the air with a public service announcement urging Californians to do their part to help with the state’s drought.

“So how did Lady Gaga become the new face of drought awareness?”

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Aquafornia news Red Bluff Daily News

Corning Urges Water Conservation

From the Red Bluff Daily News:

“As California continues to struggle with severe drought conditions, the city of Corning will start asking residents here to curb their water use by 15 percent.

“The Corning City Council voted Tuesday to implement the first stage of its water conservation program, which calls on the city’s customers to voluntarily reduce their water use.”

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Blog: Lady Gaga Gets Letter of Thanks from Jerry Brown

From The Sacramento Bee Capitol Alert blog:

“First California posted drought alerts on freeway signs.

“Now it’s turning to Lady Gaga.”

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