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Metropolitan Water District’s Turf replacement funds dry up

Metropolitan Water District’s Turf replacement funds dry up

Facing unprecedented public demand for incentives to transform the region’s landscapes, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California announced today it will be closing its turf rebate program to new applications later this week because available funding has been fully allocated. Metropolitan’s $450 million conservation program, the largest of its kind in the nation, will […]

Thousand Oaks cut water use by 31% in June

Thousand Oaks cut water use by 31% in June

Thousand Oaks residents are responding to unprecedented drought conditions and have become more water conscious in the past couple months. The City cut water use by 31 % in June 2015 as compared to 2013, clinic according to City water data. The decline in water usage will help the City in its effort to meet […]

State Senator Fran Pavley to speak on ‘A Cougar Corridor!’

State Senator Fran Pavley to speak on ‘A Cougar Corridor!’

House legislation targets environmental laws

House  legislation targets environmental laws

. Last week, House Republicans introduced legislation to revise water policies in California and the rest of the West Coast, improving water reliability and making environmental laws more flexible. H.R. 2898, authored by California Congressman David Valadao, is backed by the entire California Republican delegation. Titled the “Western Water and American Food Security Act of […]

Stewardship of the Earth

Stewardship of the Earth

While I was in California a little over a month ago I became aware that the well publicized drought there is largely man made. Not that there isn’t a lower than average rainfall, but the truth is there is plenty of water. The real problem is the governmental policies which will not allow the people […]

Governor Jerry Brown “Water in the West”

Governor Jerry Brown “Water in the West”

Inaugurating the “California Conversation Series”, USC and the Los Angeles Times welcomed Governor Brown for a one-on-one discussion about water. Held at USC on June 9, 2015, seats could have been obtained on-line and questions submitted prior to the “conversation” as well. Fortunately, the event was streamed live for viewers around the world to watch. […]

Environmentalists Sue: Demand Feds/State Give MORE Water to Fish–Less to People

Environmentalists Sue: Demand Feds/State Give MORE Water to Fish–Less to People

  California has a water shortage. Our VERY confused Guv Brown just authorized $287 million, money meant to provide water for people, to instead be used to make fish bait (delta smelt) more comfortable and safe from his lack of a water policy. Over 500,000 acres of farmland is going fallow—not enough water for farms. […]

Californians Pay To Have Their Lawns Spray Painted Green

Californians Pay To Have Their Lawns Spray Painted Green

Analysts look to water markets to fight CA drought

Analysts look to water markets to fight CA drought

. Scrambling for workable models found elsewhere in resources policy, some analysts have begun to argue that California should regulate markets for water. At Bloomberg View, for instance, the editors made a splash with a recommendation drawn from Australia’s approach to limited water. “The system sets an annual cap on the amount of water that can […]

Will Brown’s brown lawns cause brownouts for summer 2015?

Will Brown’s brown lawns cause brownouts for summer 2015?

. On April 1, Gov. Jerry Brown ordered mandatory 25 percent cutbacks in urban water usage over the next nine months due to the prolonged water shortage in the state’s surface water reservoirs. In response, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said the West Coast could possibly see power brownouts due to drought this summer, speaking […]