January 17, 2014 |
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 |
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 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2013 |
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.
July 11, 2013 |
After two years of dispute, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the Mammoth Lakes Community Water District on Thursday announced that they have reached a compromise settlement over use of the High Sierra ski town's water supply. In return for a payment of $3.4 million now -- and a payment in about 50 years of $2.4 million, adjusted for inflation - the DWP has agreed to drop two lawsuits and both sides have agreed never to challenge each other's water rights. The DWP will use the money for water-saving improvements designed to increase flows in the Los Angeles Aqueduct system by 1,779 acre-feet of water annually.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2013 |
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the Mammoth Lakes Community Water District announced Thursday that they have reached a compromise settlement over use of the High Sierra ski town's water supply, ending a dispute whose roots reach back a century. Under the terms, Mammoth Lakes will pay the DWP $3.4 million now and $2.4 million, adjusted higher for inflation, in half a century. In return, the DWP will allow Mammoth Lakes to continue to draw its water supply from Mammoth Creek, which tumbles through town.