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July 27, 2010 | By Emily Green
In June 2009, an ordinance limiting lawn and garden watering with sprinklers to two days a week took effect in Los Angeles. Citywide water consumption dropped by more than 20%. Yet, 13 months later, the ordinance that pushed Los Angeles to the fore of the Western water conservation movement is about to be gutted, having become collateral damage in a roiling brawl over rate hikes and green energy between the City Council and the mayor's office....
April 18, 2014 | By Carol Crotta
"This is the irony," mused homeowner Richard Turner as he looked over the newly installed and remarkably realistic-looking artificial lawn in his mid-Wilshire frontyard. "We grow grass to make the illusion that we don't live in a desert. Here I am, enhancing the illusion of a lawn that is the illusion we don't live in a desert. " And there's the rub. The iconic lush, green lawn - part and parcel of a mystique deeply embedded in the Southern California psyche and its landscape - has reached a crossroads.
January 23, 2010 | By Susan Carpenter
It isn't often that it rains in L.A. for six days running, as it did this week. The inches Mother Nature dumped on us may not have cured the drought, but they did more than just wash our cars for free. They offered proof of what many water sustainability experts believe: that much of the water we need at home already falls from the sky and can reduce our dependence on ever-dwindling and expensive-to-import supplies. If only we could catch it. I have a variety of rain catchment systems at my house.
March 3, 2014 | By Catherine Wolfram and David Zetland
California's drought has everyone talking about ways to save water. Gov. Jerry Brown has implored residents to reduce their consumption by 20%. One writer suggested Angelenos share showers. A nonprofit is encouraging people not to waste even ice cubes that drop to the floor: Don't toss them, says Save Our Water, use them to water plants. Our conservation efforts, even the tiniest ones, have a second overlooked benefit: They also save energy. Water is essentially liquid energy. We don't think about it that way. But every drop must be moved, treated and heated.
August 3, 1989
Mayor Tom Bradley and two environmental groups announced plans Wednesday to distribute water conservation kits in Los Angeles to help offset the effects of the current drought. "Drought conditions still haunt us and water conservation continues to be essential if we want to reduce sewage flow into the Santa Monica Bay or protect treasures such as Mono Lake," Bradley said at a news conference on Ocean Front Walk in Venice.
December 22, 1994 | CARLOS V. LOZANO
The Ventura County Board of Supervisors has decided to suspend an 11-year-old regional water conservation program because of a lack of funding and participation by water agencies. The board voted 4 to 0 Tuesday to end the $85,000-a-year program, which sought to promote water conservation through agricultural workshops, school programs and newsletters. It served as a clearinghouse for information on water consumption and other data for more than 170 water purveyors in the county.
February 19, 2014 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders will unveil a $687-million proposal Wednesday afternoon aimed at helping California deal with its drought emergency. The new legislation would speed up the spending of millions of dollars aimed at improving water conservation and cleaning up drinking water supplies, while increasing penalties for illegal diversion of water supplies. Most of the money in the proposal -- about $550 million worth -- would come from existing bond money approved by voters, according to sources familiar with the proposal.
February 13, 2014 | By Anthony York
Lady Gaga has a new message for all of her “little monsters”: Save water. The five-time Grammy Award winner will soon be on the air with a public service announcement urging Californians to do their part to help with the state's drought. So how did Lady Gaga become the new face of drought awareness? It started when the “Poker Face” singer wanted to use Hearst Castle for what the Hearst Castle Foundation is calling "a special creative project. " The San Simeon estate, which is now a state park, is doing its part to help with the water crunch.
February 7, 2014 | By David Helvarg
Californians used to call it earthquake weather, the unseasonably warm, dry, blue-sky days that pushed deep into this year's rainy season. Now we just call it drought. Unfortunately, the state's water resources are at critically low levels (12% of normal Sierra Nevada snowpack for this time of year) and the crisis is unlikely to go away soon or for long. A report by the U.S. Geological Survey predicts that with changing patterns of rain and snow we will see more frequent and intense droughts and flash flooding in California's future.
January 19, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - So it's official: We are in a serious drought. That means this: Next comes serious flooding. But we'll still be in a declared drought. That's just the nature of California weather patterns - and water politics. A drought proclamation, as issued by Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday, changes the political climate. It focuses public attention on the need for costly new waterworks. Therefore governors and water officials are always reluctant to declare a drought over, even when rivers again leap their banks, fill reservoirs and send torrents of muddy snowmelt, uprooted trees and drowned livestock cascading into the Pacific.
January 17, 2014 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
California is officially in a drought. This is state's driest year on record, and the National Weather said this week that the dry conditions will persist or get worse through April - meaning the rainy season won't be rainy. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency Friday, saying "We ought to be ready for a long, continued, persistent effort to restrain our water use. " But, he added, conservation efforts would be "voluntary. " Voluntary? It's true that Californians are good at cutting water use during drought periods.
October 31, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
State officials Thursday released the draft of a new California Water Action Plan that doesn't include much action. The 17-page document covers little new ground, outlining familiar water policy goals with few details of how they will be achieved. "We are not reinventing the wheel here," said state Natural Resources Secretary John Laird. "We are coordinating what's in place in one location with clear goals as targets for the different agencies.... We have to focus on the whole picture.
September 2, 2013 | David Pierson
While the world clamors for more Paso Robles wine, rural residents like Denise Smith yearn for something far more precious: local water. The retired teacher is one of dozens of homeowners in parched northern San Luis Obispo County whose wells have run dry. Unable to afford a deeper well at a cost of $30,000, she trucks in water every few weeks. Meals are eaten on paper plates. Showers last 45 seconds. Toilets are seldom flushed. Where did the water go? Smith and other residents say it's flowing freely into the area's signature industry -- wine.
August 15, 2013 | By Phil Willon
SACRAMENTO -- Assembly leaders on Thursday annnounced a retooled water bond proposal to address the state's long-term water supply needs as well as protecting critical habitat, including the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The $5-billion bond proposal is a leaner version of the $11-billion bond measure that lawmakers pulled from consideration in 2012 after it was criticized for being weighed down with pork barrel projects. A 2010 version of the bond measure also was scuttled because of concerns that, in the midst of the nation's economic meltdown, it would fail at the ballot box. The state Senate already has held hearings on the water bond and is expected to consider its version in the near future.
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