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Water rationing and California’s drought

Monday, May 04, 2015

California cities and water utilities will be stressed to meet the state’s aggressive urban conservation mandates in this fourth year of drought.

Following Gov. Jerry Brown’s executive order, the State Water Resources Control Board developed specific reduction targets for each major urban water supplier, ranging from 8 percent to 36 percent of per-capita water use in 2013. The proposed “emergency” cutbacks would take effect as early as June 1 and last nine months, to Feb. 28.

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The End of California?

Monday, May 04, 2015

In a normal year, no one in California looks twice at a neighbor’s lawn, that mane of bluegrass thriving in a sun-blasted desert. Or casts a scornful gaze at a fresh-planted almond grove, saplings that now stand accused of future water crimes. Or wonders why your car is conspicuously clean, or whether a fish deserves to live when a cherry tree will die.

Of course, there is nothing normal about the fourth year of the great drought: According to climate scientists, it may be the worst arid spell in 1,200 years. For all the fields that will go fallow, all the forests that will catch fire, all the wells that will come up dry, the lasting impact of this drought for the ages will be remembered, in the most exported term of California start-ups, as a disrupter.

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A drought like no other

Monday, May 04, 2015

Californians are used to droughts, which on average happen once every decade. But the drought we're in now looks different from all the rest in California's modern history in its length and severity.

As the Golden State enters new and disturbing territory, elected officials, water experts, municipal planners and the public are struggling to understand what lies ahead, how it will affect them, and what they can do.

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SWRCB Releases Notice of Proposed Emergency Rulemaking

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Notice of Proposed Emergency Rulemaking and the Emergency Regulation Digest for the Proposed Emergency Regulation that will be considered by the State Water Board at its May 5-6, 2015 meeting have been posted online at  The Notice of Proposed Emergency Rulemaking begins a formal comment period that will conclude on May 4, 2015 at 10:00am.

During this formal notice period, written comments must be received by 10:00am on Monday, May 4, 2015 and addressed to:

Jeanine Townsend, Clerk to the Board
State Water Resources Control Board
1001 I Street, 24th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Comment letters may be submitted electronically in pdf text format (less than 15 megabytes in total size) to the Clerk of the Board via e-mail at  If the file is greater than 15 megabytes in total size, then the comment letter may be submitted by fax at (916) 341-5620.  All comments should indicate on the subject line: “Comment Letter – Emergency Conservation Regulation.”

Gov. Jerry Brown seeks fines of up to $10,000 a day for water wasters

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown wants to fine big water wasters up to $10,000 per day, one of two new efforts he announced Tuesday to battle California’s drought.

The higher penalties would be a sharp increase from the current $500 maximum that local water districts can now impose on residents and businesses.

The governor’s proposal, which must be negotiated with lawmakers, would also empower cities and counties to issue fines. Local governments would be able to enlist staff members to dish out warnings and citations, expanding the ranks of officials prodding Californians to meet conservation targets.

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