The growing leadership of women in water. The Colorado River’s persistent drought and efforts to sign off on a plan to avert worse shortfalls of water from the river. And in California’s Central Valley, promising solutions to vexing water resource challenges.
These were among the topics that Western Water news explored in 2018.
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With California in a severe drought, the State Water Resources
Control Board ruled last week that some cases of water waste
could be treated as criminal infractions. … The Sacramento Bee
asked Sacramento utilities director Dave Brent how the city was
dealing with the state’s latest ruling.
The Sacramento Committee of Water for People is featuring “Bowl
with Water for People” on Wednesday, June 25, at the Country Club
Lanes, 2500 Watt Avenue, Sacramento. Registration is 5:30-6 p.m.
Bowling is from 6-8 p.m.
Late-hour motorists on Interstate 5 should expect long delays
between Cottage Grove and Sutherlin tonight while an oversize
load carrying a massive [Folsom] dam gate is transported through
the area, the state Department of Transportation said Tuesday.
“The Sacramento region as a whole has made strides to accommodate
this year’s severe drought, cutting overall water use 18 percent
compared with the past two years, according to the Regional Water
From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):
“State Capitol lawns are turning brown in response to Governor
Brown’s call for a 20 percent reduction in water use. Other
landscape changes at the Capitol include replacing inefficient
sprinkler heads with drip irrigation and adding mulch to flower
beds and tree wells on the grounds of the oldest arboretum west
of the Mississippi.”
“Thirty water conservation employees and four other City [of
Sacramento] employees patrolled the city this morning [June 13]
looking for people or businesses using water. Friday’s are a
no-watering day in the city.”
“A major roadblock to completion of critical levee repairs in
Sacramento’s Natomas basin was cleared Tuesday when President
Barack Obama signed the Water Resources Reform and Development
Act into law.”
“Monday’s high temperature of 106 in downtown Sacramento broke
the previous record of 103 degrees for June 9, which was set in
1883. … the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is letting water
flow out of Folsom Dam this month about twice as fast as it is
flowing in from the American River watershed upstream.”
“Sacramento will be flirting with 100 degree temperatures for the
next couple of days. The high on Wednesday was 97 degrees in
Sacramento. That’s the forecast for the city on Thursday and