In recent months, as California officials started to calculate
the fire danger posed by the state’s prolonged and historic
drought, they tucked an extra $23 million into the Cal Fire
emergency wildfire budget for the fiscal year that began July 1,
bringing its total to $209 million.
Long accustomed to dealing with bad news “garbage” bears that
become hooked on improperly stored trash at homes and businesses
around Lake Tahoe, Nevada wildlife officials say they’re
increasingly responding to a new kind of troublemaker they’ve
started calling “drought” bears.
Eric Ward went to one of his regular fishing spots near the
Oroville Dam Friday morning, and the scene was far from serene.
… The word from the Department of Water Resources is that
the rubber booms were deployed to capture any hydraulic oil that
spilled into the water when a valve was tested, explained Mark
Anderson, assistant State Water Project deputy director.
Some cities have strict rules for people who waste water. Others
have imposed mandatory cutbacks. But violators don’t face serious
consequences. Now, state water officials are proposing to change
that laissez-faire mindset.
From The New York Times, in a commentary by David Bornstein:
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that public water
systems lose, on average, one-sixth of their water — mainly from
leaks in pipes. The E.P.A. asserts that 75 percent of that water
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and
California Department of Water Resources (DWR):
As the California State Fair kicks off today [July 11], Save Our
Water – a partnership between the Association of California Water
Agencies (ACWA) and the California Department of Water Resources
(DWR) – is encouraging Californians to visit its displays
featuring easy ways to save water inside and outside the home.
Staff from DWR will be on hand to help attendees identify
opportunities to conserve.
National climatologists are sticking to their prediction that an
El Niño is about 80 percent probable in North America during fall
and early winter, when the rainy season begins in Southern
California, according to a bulletin released Thursday.
The ever-changing thermal geology of Yellowstone National Park
has created a hot spot that melted an asphalt road and closed
access to popular geysers and other attractions at the height of
tourist season, officials said Thursday.
We hope the State Water Resources Control Board affirms all the
staff recommendations for emergency urban water cutbacks outlined
Wednesday – restrictions and fines on excessive landscape
watering, running hoses and rinsing off sidewalks. Such rules are
reasonable and doable.
Earlier this year, Gov. Jerry Brown urged Californians to
voluntarily cut their water usage by 20% to help preserve the
state’s already limited supply during this severe drought. But
sometimes, asking nicely doesn’t work.