Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016

Scaling back

Drought rules may ease for Sacramento, inland areas

The proposed regulations released by the State Water Resources Control Board's staff would make it unlikely the state would achieve 25 percent urban water savings in 2016. JOSE LUIS VILLEGAS / Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

State drought regulators Friday proposed easing the water-conservation rules for Sacramento and other communities where it takes extra water to keep trees from dying. The new rules also would loosen conservation mandates for communities that have invested in new "drought-resilient" water supplies, as well as those that have experienced rapid population growth in recent years.

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Borrego Springs water woes dire, study reveals

San Diego Union-Tribune

A study recently completed by the U.S. Geological Survey confirms what people in the tiny desert town of Borrego Springs have suspected for some time: Their only source of water, deep below the earth, is being depleted at a rate roughly four times faster than it is being replenished.

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Gov. Brown calls for a 'balanced set of solutions'

Association of California Water Agencies

During last week's "California Water 2.0: What's Next for the California Water Action Plan?," Gov. Jerry Brown praised the recommendations outlined in the California Water Action Plan, saying the plan contains a balanced set of solutions that will make the state's water system stronger and more resilient.

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