From the Santa Cruz Sentinel, in a commentary by Cuca Hepburn:
Through no choice of my own I am a customer of Soquel Creek Water District. My simple belief is that if we face “20 years of rationing” then leaders of the district have mismanaged our water resources for at least 20 years.
From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the California Center for Urban Horticulture (CCUH) at the University of California, Davis are inviting professional landscapers to attend workshops in mid-July on reducing water use through improved system efficiency.
From the California Department of water Resources (DWR):
On June 25th, the Department of Water Resources held a Landscaper’s Workshop in Walnut Creek. This workshop is one of many held across the state to help the landscape industry reduce water use through improved system efficiency. English and Spanish workshops are conducted in separate sessions,
It’s been four months since Governor Jerry Brown signed what he and Democratic lawmakers called “emergency drought legislation.” It promised nearly $700 million in immediate drought relief. But nearly 90 percent of that money has yet to be spent.
Thousands of boxes of food aid are making their way to people affected by the drought in Yolo County. … It’s part of a state-funded program for people who have less work or no work because of the drought.
That Double-Double you’ve been craving from In-N-Out Burger just got pricier and more price hikes are on the way, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. … About half of the nation’s fruits and vegetables are grown in California, but the rising cost of water has left about 500,000 acres sitting idle.
Crews fought through a rugged landscape, triple-digit heat, gusty winds, and the stark and chronic dryness of California’s long drought to make hard-earned progress against a wildfire burning for its fourth day.
A small water agency that pumps water from Clear Lake expects to declare a water shortage emergency as early as this week, not because it’s running out of water but because thick algae growth is putting a strain on its purification system.
From the San Francisco Chronicle, in C.W. Nevius’ column:
Gleneagles, the quirky, challenging, everyman’s golf course in one of San Francisco’s roughest neighborhoods, is having trouble making ends meet. … However, the latest blow, a major increase in water rates, has course operator Tom Hsieh wondering if the effort is worth it.
Lake Mead — America’s largest reservoir, Las Vegas’ main water source, and an important indicator for water supplies in the Southwest — will fall this week to its lowest level since 1937 when the manmade lake was first being filled, according to forecasts from the federal Bureau of Reclamation.
For the first time in the more than half a century that the federal government had been diverting Sierra Nevada water to farmers, there would be no deliveries to most Central Valley irrigation districts. In the third year of drought, there wasn’t enough water to go around.
In five months since the drought emergency was declared, Californians have cut their water consumption only 5 percent compared with recent years, according to state officials — a far cry from the 20 percent that Gov. Jerry Brown called for in January.
With reservoirs headed for historic lows, the [California Archaeological Site Steward] program has taken on added importance. … As water levels gradually drop across the state, cutting grooves into the slopes like bathtub rings, archaeological sites are becoming more accessible — offering a chance for new knowledge as well as temptation for looters.