“Sacramento likes its status as the ‘City of Trees.’
“We say hello to stately elms and wave at friendly palms. We worry over heritage oaks and nurture weeping cherries. We love their shade, their fruit, their beauty. And when it comes to sharing our water, trees become our priority.”
“Sacramento area leaders are planning for hundreds of thousands of new homes in the coming decades, pegging the region’s economic growth to population growth and new housing starts. Those new residents – along with their houses and lawns – could gulp 50 billion additional gallons of water per year by 2035, if population projections hold and if they consume in the same manner as current residents.”
From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Rob Turner, Sactown Magazine:
“When it comes to water, the state of California can’t agree about much of anything …
“But there is one water issue that appears less polluted by political or environmental divisiveness, and more by plain old-fashioned governmental incompetence: The sad state of disrepair endured by the historic fountain that stands in front of the Capitol.”
“After six years of construction, a momentous event is expected later this month at the new flood-control spillway being built at Folsom Dam: The steel flood-control gates – the mechanical heart of the project – will begin to arrive for installation.”
From The Sacramento Bee, in a column by Dan Morain:
“J.Q. Brown, Sacramento’s public works director circa 1920, had a bold vision, one that resonates to this day: Water lawns no more than every other day, and install water meters.
My predecessors at The Bee denounced him.”
“Wednesday’s rain ended a record 52-day winter dry spell in Sacramento, and Thursday’s storm in the Sierra deepened the snowpack. Good thing, too, since it’s by no means certain that the city’s water-conservation campaign is going to work.”
“After weeks of an epic dry spell, the cities of Sacramento and Folsom ordered residential and business customers alike to cut water consumption by at least 20 percent starting earlier this month. But even though the cities intend to police the operation of lawn sprinklers to some extent, any water used behind closed doors – no matter how big the customer – is essentially on the honor system.”
“In the annals of weather records, this is one nobody wanted to break.
“On Thursday, downtown Sacramento recorded its 47th continuous winter day without measurable rainfall, breaking a record that has stood since 1884, according to the National Weather Service. It appears likely the city will go on to shatter the record, as there is no sign of rain for at least another week.”
“Sacramento State, one of the city’s largest water consumers, will get 521 new toilets that use a fraction of the water required by decades-old campus fixtures, President Alexander Gonzalez announced Thursday at his annual spring address.”
“About 3,500 south Sacramento area homes considered to be at high risk for flooding will shed that designation in May because of flood control projects on two creeks, federal and local officials announced Wednesday.”
“Sacramento water agencies are racing to impose the toughest conservation orders ever seen in the region amid a dry winter that may soon shatter records.
“If downtown Sacramento goes until Tuesday without measurable precipitation, it will break a 1976 record as the driest winter stretch – 45 days – in the city’s history, according to the National Weather Service.”