From the San Francisco Chronicle’s The Opinion Shop blog, in a post by Marshall Kilduff:
“If you think shorter showers and occasional flushes are a pain, consider what to do about the venerable fly-casting ponds in Golden Gate park in a drought year. Three football-field-sized concrete tanks, dating back to the 1930s, are normally drained, washed and refilled every year.”
From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):
“DWR’s Romero Overlook Visitors Center has reopened after a three-week refurbishment project. The center – a popular highway stop that features educational exhibits about the State Water Project — overlooks San Luis Reservoir, the nation’s largest off-stream reservoir.”
“Visitors to Yosemite National Park will no longer be allowed to leave their cars on the roadside while stopping at the Tuolumne River to explore nearby meadows and admire surrounding mountain peaks, under a plan released Thursday. …
“A similar plan was released in February addressing the Merced River, the other major waterway that runs through Yosemite National Park.”
“The latest rains have spared a summer of swimming in Placer County – for now.
“A month ago, Placer County Water Agency officials were poised to order strict conservation measures, including a blanket ban on filling new or existing swimming pools. But after several days of storms, water officials are having second thoughts.”
“An agreement has been reached between the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust and Friant Ranch developers that will end a legal challenge over Fresno County’s approval of the 2,270-home project.
“Under the agreement, Friant Ranch will charge a one-time, $500 fee on each home to provide a park fund. That money will be used to restore and maintain recreation projects along the San Joaquin River Parkway.”
“In one of his earliest boyhood memories, Dion Neutra walked out the front door of his family’s Silver Lake home and down to the water’s edge. …
“But over the next eight decades, the architect — who trained under his father, Richard Neutra, a master of Modernism who lived and worked out of Silver Lake — watched as the water he loved began to change. It was drained several times and its shoreline pushed back.
From the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Science Features blog:
“The 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia will be featuring many exciting events for the world to see. Though the Olympics Games is the premier athletic competition worldwide, the games also bridge the gap between science and sports by covering a number of Earth science topics as well. …
“The U.S. Geological Survey compiles water use statistics every five years and hopes to build towards a National Water Census.
“California wildlife officials have banned recreational fishing on dozens of streams across the state as a result of low water flows caused by the ongoing drought, and more such closures are expected in coming weeks.”