The growing leadership of women in water. The Colorado River’s persistent drought and efforts to sign off on a plan to avert worse shortfalls of water from the river. And in California’s Central Valley, promising solutions to vexing water resource challenges.
These were among the topics that Western Water news explored in 2018.
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With California in a severe drought, the State Water Resources Control Board ruled last week that some cases of water waste could be treated as criminal infractions. … The Sacramento Bee asked Sacramento utilities director Dave Brent how the city was dealing with the state’s latest ruling.
The Sacramento Committee of Water for People is featuring “Bowl with Water for People” on Wednesday, June 25, at the Country Club Lanes, 2500 Watt Avenue, Sacramento. Registration is 5:30-6 p.m. Bowling is from 6-8 p.m.
Late-hour motorists on Interstate 5 should expect long delays between Cottage Grove and Sutherlin tonight while an oversize load carrying a massive [Folsom] dam gate is transported through the area, the state Department of Transportation said Tuesday. …
“The Sacramento region as a whole has made strides to accommodate this year’s severe drought, cutting overall water use 18 percent compared with the past two years, according to the Regional Water Authority.”
From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):
“State Capitol lawns are turning brown in response to Governor Brown’s call for a 20 percent reduction in water use. Other landscape changes at the Capitol include replacing inefficient sprinkler heads with drip irrigation and adding mulch to flower beds and tree wells on the grounds of the oldest arboretum west of the Mississippi.”
“Thirty water conservation employees and four other City [of Sacramento] employees patrolled the city this morning [June 13] looking for people or businesses using water. Friday’s are a no-watering day in the city.”
“A major roadblock to completion of critical levee repairs in Sacramento’s Natomas basin was cleared Tuesday when President Barack Obama signed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act into law.”
“Monday’s high temperature of 106 in downtown Sacramento broke the previous record of 103 degrees for June 9, which was set in 1883. … the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is letting water flow out of Folsom Dam this month about twice as fast as it is flowing in from the American River watershed upstream.”
“Sacramento will be flirting with 100 degree temperatures for the next couple of days. The high on Wednesday was 97 degrees in Sacramento. That’s the forecast for the city on Thursday and Friday, too.”