[Lars] Mitchell, 52, a contractor, has succinctly hit upon twin
facts that have driven San Diego County water policy for 70
years: the region does not own most of its water supply, and
water is often a zero-sum business — for every winner there must
be a loser.
A state official confirmed Friday that a potentially toxic form
of blue-green algae is blooming in the San Joaquin River. It’s
unknown whether this is the same algae greening up the waterfront
area only a few miles away.
From the Los Angeles Times, in the Capitol Journal column by
So let me get this straight: The state government is telling us
we can’t hose down the driveway and should feel guilty about
watering the lawn. But it’s OK for somebody to pump all the
groundwater he wants?
From the San Jose Mercury News, in a commentary by Richard
In the midst of exceptional drought conditions, a new, locally
controlled, drought-proof water source for Silicon Valley could
not have come at a better time. The Santa Clara Valley Water
District, in partnership with the cities of San Jose and Santa
Clara, is celebrating the completion of the Silicon Valley
Advanced Water Purification Center.
From the PPIC Viewpoints blog, in a post by Caitrin Chappelle,
Ellen Hanak and Jeffrey Mount:
The unprecedented restrictions on outdoor water use that the
state enacted this week send a message that Californians need to
conserve more water. But we can do more to move toward
On the same day the state approved mandatory outdoor watering
restrictions with the threat of $500 fines, the Southern
California couple received a letter from their city threatening a
$500 penalty for not watering their brown lawn.
Desperate to save plummeting water reserves in Lake Mendocino, a
Mendocino County water agency is lobbying the state to
dramatically reduce the amount that must be released downstream
into the Russian River for fish and people.
The state Water Resources Control Board released a survey this
week that revealed that Californians actually have increased
their water use amid the worst drought in decades — despite a
spirited public-relations campaign about saving water.
Talk about mixed messages: While Gov. Jerry Brown is warning that
California faces its worst drought since record-keeping began and
regulators have approved fines of up to $500 for wasting water,
some Southern California cities are continuing to issue warnings
and citations to residents who let their lawns go brown.
The coastal region was cited along with the northeast corner of
the state in a study released Tuesday as areas that saw
significant increases in water use, even as Gov. Jerry Brown
called for Californians to cut use by 20 percent.
north-south water rivalry revved up Wednesday, a day after a
state survey showed that while most of the drought-ravaged state
modestly reduced its water consumption, coastal Southern
California is headed in the wrong direction.
The State Water Board acted Tuesday to set minimum standards for
water conservation, with the ability of local water providers to
issue fines for blatant water use. But local water providers
said residents are doing their part, overall.
California water officials on Tuesday approved a $500 fine to be
imposed on water wasters and other measure to improve water
conservation during the drought. Here are some answers to
questions about Tuesday’s action: