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.
Rainy seasons over the last two years were the driest in downtown
Los Angeles since record-keeping began in 1877, and forecasters
now say the El Niño that had been predicted to bring some relief
may not materialize.
According to a recent survey conducted by the Department of Fish
and Wildlife, the number of breeding ducks remaining in
California this season is 23 percent below the long-term average.
The decline speaks to the significant degradation of habitat in
the Central Valley due to lack of precipitation.
About 2,200 firefighters have been assigned to combat the
fast-moving blaze, which sparked southwest of Ono on Friday when
a marijuana grower inadvertently sparked a brush fire with his
truck while transporting fertilizer to an illegal garden in the
From the Los Angeles Times, in a commentary by Karin Klein:
Bottled water is usually a waste of money and, beyond that, an
environmental mess. … Now people are starting to question
the environmental cost of allowing water-bottling operations in
the state’s drought-stricken areas — specifically, Arrowhead
Mountain Spring Water.
In one of the most drastic responses yet to California’s drought,
state regulators on Tuesday will consider fines up to $500 a day
for people who waste water on landscaping, fountains, washing
vehicles and other outdoor uses.
A federal judge has cleared the way for water transfers from
Northern California to the thirsty south San Joaquin Valley,
overruling environmentalists who argued the transfers would harm
From the Santa Cruz Sentinel, in a commentary by Russell
Responding to public invitation, I attended the recent meetings
of our newly-formed Water Supply Advisory Committee. I was
impressed by the hard work of these volunteers, and came away
with several questions in my mind.
From the California WaterBlog by UC Davis Center for Watershed
Sciences, in a post by Richard Howitt, Josué
Medellín-Azuara, Duncan MacEwan and Jay Lund:
Today [July 15], UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences
economists join the California Department of Food and Agriculture
in releasing a second, more comprehensive and forward-looking
report estimating the effects of the California drought on farm
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):
The drought is on and so is the California State Fair. This year,
the Save Our Water campaign is doubling down its messaging on
conservation by hosting two exhibits at the fair – one on indoor
water conservation and the other on outdoor conservation.
With no end to the extreme dry weather in sight, Marin water
officials are waiting to see whether state leaders will make the
move to allow local authorities to slap water wasters with
unprecedented fines of up to $500 a day.
In recent months, as California officials started to calculate
the fire danger posed by the state’s prolonged and historic
drought, they tucked an extra $23 million into the Cal Fire
emergency wildfire budget for the fiscal year that began July 1,
bringing its total to $209 million.