Monday, Feb. 9, 2015

'We're doing well'

Gov. Brown ‘not ready’ for mandatory water restrictions

Gov. Brown on climate: 'We've got our hands full.' SACRAMENTO BEE

Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

Gov. Jerry Brown said Friday that he remains reluctant to impose mandatory water restrictions, saying the state is doing “pretty well” conserving water voluntarily as it enters a fourth year of drought. Brown said he is “reluctant to expand the coercive power of state authority, so wherever we can engage a voluntary citizenship, I’m for that.”

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Storms did little to boost California snowpack

Sacramento Bee

Here’s the bad news: Despite days of precipitation, California’s snowpack was barely boosted after a weekend of storms that brought power outages, downed trees, thunderstorms and a threat of tornadoes. Warm weather kept snow from descending below 7,000 feet in the mountains.

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Interior provides $50 million for Western drought

U.S. Department of the Interior

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced Friday that the Bureau of Reclamation is making $50 million in funds available immediately for drought relief projects throughout the West —including nearly $20 million for California's Central Valley Project.

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