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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1987
The Southern California Water Committee, a nonprofit organization formed by many cities and counties across the Southland to promote solutions to the state's water problems, has invited a number of state officials to its annual meeting today as a first step in a hoped-for statewide water campaign. The committee, based in Irvine and chaired by Orange County Supervisor Harriett M. Wieder, will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Sheraton Grande Hotel in Los Angeles.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1990
In the wake of dire predictions about water shortages, the City Council has increased water rates and is urging citizens and businesses to voluntarily reduce their water consumption. The cost of water in excess of 200 cubic feet per month will increase 9%. City Manager Lee Risner said the situation is becoming serious. "We need a 10% reduction in overall water consumption," he said.
NEWS
June 27, 1991 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite early predictions of financial collapse, California's farm economy has weathered the fifth year of drought with surprising resiliency and may ultimately fare better than urban businesses, an economist told water officials Wednesday. But the strength of agriculture statewide masks "extreme pain" that some smaller farm communities are experiencing because of water shortages, said Frederick Cannon, a senior economist and vice president for Bank of America.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1991
Even as the Metropolitan Water District was scaling back its rationing program in Los Angeles, state water officials were taking steps in Sacramento to require all urban water agencies to prepare an emergency plan for future droughts. Department of Water Resources Director David Kennedy, who also heads Gov.
NEWS
November 19, 1991 | Associated Press
Despite water shortages that idled farmland and withered lawns, California's emergency water bank ended up buying about $45 million more in water than it could sell, state and local officials told lawmakers Monday. Bob Potter, deputy director of the state Water Resources Department, said the State Water Project will buy the water for reserves in case the drought continues into a sixth year this winter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2010 | By Bettina Boxall
Despite a return to normal snowpack and precipitation this winter, state officials said water shortages will continue this summer and urged continued conservation efforts. The Department of Water Resources on Thursday slightly increased allocations in the state system that helps supply urban Southern California. Managers said they might be able to raise projected deliveries again next month but warned that they expect the final numbers to be no more than last year -- about 40% of full allocation, which prompted rationing in many Southland cities, including Los Angeles.
OPINION
February 25, 2014
Re "Drought in a state of denial," Feb. 23 Sure, California has had severe droughts in the past, but we haven't been here before. We have not been at 400 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere the entire history of human existence. The damage has not fully "matured. " Yet our sweet sirens of the carbon age will croon: "We've had droughts before. " But if a 100-year drought occurs now every few decades, could we recognize it and respond accordingly? Or would we allow ourselves the false comfort of saying, "Well, gosh, we've had these droughts before"?
NEWS
January 14, 1990 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
Turkish engineers Saturday halted the flow of the Euphrates, one of the world's great rivers, sending a flood of jitters through downstream, drought-stricken Syria and Iraq. The water will be diverted for one month into the reservoir behind Turkey's giant new Ataturk Dam, linchpin of a network of hydroelectric and irrigation projects along the upper reaches of the Euphrates and Tigris rivers in eastern Anatolia.
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