Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Editorial: Riverside Should Flush Water Conservation Fee

From the Riverside Press-Enterprise:

“Amid the continuing drought in Southern California, the Riverside City Council this evening will discuss whether to renew a $10 water conservation fee for each customer for 10 more years.”

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Aquafornia news Contra Costa Times

Tri-Valley Water Suppliers to Consider Drought Rates Soon

From the Contra Costa Times:

“Water suppliers for Livermore, Dublin and part of San Ramon have proposed drought rates on homes and businesses that would sharply increase bills for customers who fail to slash their water use by 30 to 35 percent.”

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Aquafornia news Merced Sun-Star

UC Merced Celebrates Conservation on Earth Day

From the Merced Sun-Star:

“Whether it’s starting a composting pile in the backyard, thinking up ways to recycle or cutting back on watering the lawn, there is no shortage of ways for residents to participate in Earth Day.”

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Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Editorial: Saving Water is a Goal We Must All Share

From the Marin Independent Journal:

“Both the Marin Municipal and North Marin water districts are asking customers to voluntarily reduce their water use in hopes of holding off rationing as long as possible. Those voluntary measures remain in force and should, for good reason.”

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Drought — and Neighbors — Press Las Vegas to Conserve Water

From the Los Angeles Times:

“Deep beneath Lake Mead, a 23-foot-tall tunnel-boring machine grinds through stubborn bedrock in a billion-dollar effort to make sure water continues flowing to this thirsty resort city.

“For six years, the Southern Nevada Water Authority has been building an intake straw below the reservoir’s two existing pipes.”

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Aquafornia news San Diego Union Tribune

A sip to quench the thirst

From The San Diego Union Tribune:

“Some thirsty California cities and farms will receive a sip of water — not nearly enough to solve drought-induced woes but better than the nothing they had been expecting.

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Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Bella Vista Residents, Ranchers Frustrated By Water Restrictions

From the Redding Record Searchlight:

“Ken and Trish Frowd consider themselves environmentally conscious, a trait that in part comes from adapting to California’s water shortages.
Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Residents Tackle Water Rationing in Santa Cruz

From the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

“If the region’s drought seemed abstract, it’s about to hit home for Santa Cruz residents. As part of city leaders’ response to two years of meager rain, water rationing will start May 1 and fines will be levied monthly against households that use more than their allotted amount of water.”

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Commentary: Even Car Washes Finding Ways to Save Water Amid California’s Drought

From The Modesto Bee, in a commentary by Evan Porges:

“For some of us in the car wash industry, the drought provides an opportunity to share a story that is just the opposite of what many people might assume. … We have been proactively saving water from the time we opened our first car wash in 1991.”

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Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

Editorial: San Joaquin Valley Leaders Must Embrace Water Recycling

From The Fresno Bee:

“Unfortunately, San Joaquin Valley communities are lagging in the water recycling effort. We need to get up to speed and take advantage of $200 billion in grants and $800 million in low-interest loans that are available from state drought relief funds.”

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Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

City of Sacramento Contradicts Itself With Watering Restrictions

From Capital Public Radio:

“The City of Sacramento declared a drought in January, but city code still requires property owners keep their lawns watered and landscaping maintained.”

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Aquafornia news Modesto Bee

Fresno State Announces Water Conservation Plan

From The Modesto Bee:

“In light of California’s ongoing drought, Fresno State has announced an aggressive water conservation plan aimed at reducing campus water usage by 20% — 59.8 million gallons — in the coming year.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Water Q&A: What are Farmers Required to Do Immediately to Reduce Water Use?

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Farms represent a very different regulatory environment than urban areas. In short, farms are not officially required to do anything to conserve water. … That is not to say, however, that farmers aren’t doing their part in the drought.”

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Aquafornia news Contra Costa Times

EBMUD Delays Rationing Decision Until April 22

From the Contra Costa Times:

“Helped a little by late-season rains, the East Bay’s largest water supplier will wait until April 22 to decide whether to ration or impose other water restrictions.”

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Peek Below Surface of San Joaquin Water Usage

From the Stockton Record:

“Stockton residents are among the thriftiest in the area when it comes to using water – and it might be because someone else is keeping track.”

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Aquafornia news Salinas Californian

Drought Rains Prospects on Ag Control-systems Designer

From The Salinas Californian:

“When introducing a new product or technology, timing is everything and never was that truer than for Russel Maridon’s launch of his AgRite agricultural control system.”

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Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Earth Day Marin Celebrates Environmentalism

From the Marin Independent Journal:

“The fourth annual Earth Day Marin Festival at Redwood High School in Larkspur Sunday had something green for everyone …”

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Commentary: Declare a California Fracking Moratorium Now

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.”

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Blog: Late Storms Help, But There’s No Escaping Need to Conserve This Year

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.”

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Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

San Lorenzo Valley Water District Declares Emergency Water Shortage

From the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

“Following the lead of Santa Cruz, Soquel Creek and Scotts Valley’s water districts, San Lorenzo Valley Water District declared an emergency water shortage Thursday.”

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