From the San Francisco Chronicle, in a commentary by Dan Jacobson and Kathryn Phillips:
“Water is top-of-mind for most Californians. Amid calls for conservation, we have overlooked an obvious step to protect water supplies: stopping extreme oil-extraction techniques such as fracking and well stimulation.”
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), in a post by ACWA President John Coleman:
“While ACWA is working on several fronts to help member agencies combat drought impacts this year, water conservation remains a key tool as drought conditions persist and potentially intensify in the near future.”
From U-T San Diego, an edited transcript with California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird:
“The thing about the drought that’s interesting for the general public and even a lot of stakeholders, is they are two, three or four weeks behind the severity of this. … If you look at the snowpack, which is the water source for 25 million Californians, after it melts it flows, and (the) January measurement was 7 percent of what we needed. Right now, even with a few storms, we’re back to where we were in 1977, which was (the worst drought on record).
From the PPIC [Public Policy Institute of California] Viewpoints Blog, in a post by Caitrin Chappelle, Emma Freeman and Ellen Hanak:
“Although droughts have many downsides, they can also spur lasting improvements in water management. Unsustainable groundwater use has long plagued California’s rural areas, and the current drought is providing much needed impetus to pursue reform.”
From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):
“The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today [April 3] issued its draft proposal for the expenditure of $200 million in bond funds for projects and programs that help alleviate drought conditions and improve regional drought preparedness.
“To help relieve the effects of drought and to comply with direction from the Legislature, DWR has developed a streamlined, focused solicitation process and anticipates awarding grants by the fall of 2014 to local public agencies and non-profit organizations that are partici
“Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Wednesday applauded a decision by federal and state officials to release more water in the Central Valley, and pushed for much more supplies to be made available to the parched farming region.”
“For the first time in six decades, the High Sierra Regatta sailing competition held each summer at Huntington Lake is being canceled — another casualty of the drought that is gripping Central California.”
From the California WaterBlog, in a post by Ellen Hanak, Emma Freeman, Caitrin Chappelle, Brian Gray, Jay Lund, Dean Misczynski, Josué Medellín-Azuara, David Mitchell, Jeff Mount, James Nachbaur, Robyn Suddeth and Buzz Thompson:
“One of the few current bright spots on California’s waterfront is that the drought seems to be spurring momentum to improve groundwater management in the state’s rural areas.”
“In a March 8, 1977, article, staff writer W.B. Rood reported: With Southern Californians wondering whether he will eventually favor rationing of their water, Gov. Brown Monday stepped up his appeal for voluntary conversation at the opening of a two-day drought conference here.”