The effects of lingering drought, and the unrelenting demand for
water from farmers, cities, and energy producers converged today
at Lake Mead, which drained to its lowest level since 1937 when
the Hoover Dam closed off the Colorado River to begin filling the
largest reservoir in the United States.
A proposal by the State Water Resources Control Board, to be
considered Tuesday in Sacramento, would bar residents from
spraying down sidewalks, driveways and patios, watering lawns or
gardens to the point of causing runoff, washing cars without a
shut-off nozzle, and using potable water in fountains.
Urban water agencies across California would have to impose
mandatory restrictions on outdoor watering under a proposed state
rule. Though a number of cities, including Los Angeles,
already have such regulations in place, most don’t.
State water cops on Wednesday announced unprecedented emergency
rules that, if approved later this month, would limit how
everyday Californians use water. Similar rules are already
on the books in Stockton and other local communities.
Bo Cuketieh inadvertently let a fine mist from a leaky hose soak
the front lawn of a Southern California home Wednesday before
considering that such water waste could merit a $500 fine under
unprecedented restrictions proposed by California regulators.
State regulators are on the verge of ordering tough water
conservation measures that include stiff fines for those who
refuse to comply — an unprecedented emergency mandate being taken
as a historic drought threatens the economic and environmental
vitality of California.
A move by the state to impose mandatory water conservation
measures on residents around California is poised to trigger
tough new restrictions on landscape irrigation and other outdoor
water use to preserve dwindling supplies in the now extended
Farmers and ranchers who suffered heavy livestock and grazing
losses over the last three years due to extreme weather have been
quick to take advantage of newly available disaster relief funds,
the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday.
This newspaper will host a free public forum, entitled “Dry
Times: An in-depth discussion about Bay Area water issues,”
scheduled for 6:30 p.m. July 17 at the Lucie Stern Community
Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. …
Joining the discussion will be: Jim Fiedler, Santa Clara Valley
Water District chief operating officer; Arthur R.
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.
From the California WaterBlog, in a post by Jay Lund,
Jeffrey Mount and Ellen Hanak:
As the effects of the drought worsen, two persistent water myths
are complicating the search for solutions. One is that
environmental regulation is causing California’s water scarcity.
The other is that conservation alone can bring us into balance.
Each myth has different advocates.
Lake Mead, the reservoir created by Hoover Dam, is anticipated
this week to reach its lowest water level since the lake’s
initial filling in the 1930s. The Bureau of Reclamation’s Boulder
Canyon Operations Office is projecting the elevation to drop to
1,081.75 feet above sea level during the week of July 7 and to
continue to drop, reaching approximately 1,080 feet in November
of this year.
Wasting water outdoors amid the state’s drought will begin
hitting Californians in the wallet under get-tough restrictions
being proposed by state regulators, with fines of up to $500 a
day for overwatering front lawns or washing a car without a
nozzle on the hose.
Drought in the southwestern U.S. will deplete the vast Lake Mead
this week to levels not seen since Hoover Dam was completed and
the reservoir on the Colorado River was filled in the 1930s,
federal water managers said Tuesday.
From the Santa Cruz Sentinel, in a commentary by Cuca Hepburn:
Through no choice of my own I am a customer of Soquel Creek Water
District. My simple belief is that if we face “20 years of
rationing” then leaders of the district have mismanaged our water
resources for at least 20 years.