Lingering drought is taking a toll on wildlife across Northern Nevada, shrinking deer herds on the high desert, drying up fisheries in the valleys and starting to push everything from bears to snakes into urban areas they normally don’t frequent.
Homeless camps are becoming a growing source of wildland fires in San Rafael, and given the severity of this year’s fire threat they are a hazard that needs to be cleaned up. … The drought has left the landscape parched and there is extreme risk of a wildland fire growing out of control.
From U-T San Diego, in a column by Steven Greenhut:
Few issues are more important to the future of California than providing a reliable source of water for the state’s growing population. But despite the sense of urgency caused by this year’s particularly severe drought, legislators still aren’t sure exactly what to do about the problem.
Sixty million gallons of wastewater are pulled from sewer pipes and into the Fresno municipal wastewater treatment plant every day. … The plant managers plan to treat to a higher level and disinfect the water so it can be used to irrigate schoolyards, golf courses, and cemeteries.
The strange ways of Mother Nature were on display this year when a record number of Marin County’s storied coho salmon migrated to the ocean, an astonishing quirk for a fishery otherwise ravaged by drought.
The decision to drain most water features at Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades this summer may not be going over well with some visitors, but the organization says thousands of gallons a day have been saved as a result.
From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):
As a drought-stricken California moves further into a hot summer, Save Our Water – a partnership between the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) – is launching Don’t Waste Summer, a campaign devoted to providing daily tips and news on the new campaign microsite – SaveOurWater.com – to help Californians find ways to conserve at home and at work every day.
When a single snowflake falls peacefully atop a Sierra peak, it begins a turbulent journey to help quench the thirst of a drought-stricken state. … Today, on the cusp of a long, dry summer, we follow the melting snow — and meet its dependents — along one of its many routes from remote peaks to thriving communities around the Golden State.
Marin’s two largest water agencies report their customers have done slightly better than other Bay Area residents in conserving water since Gov. Jerry Brown called for a 20 percent voluntary cutback in January.