Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

Rising tide

Field Poll: More Californians want mandatory rationing

We haven't yet reached the point of mandatory water rationing, but as California's devastating drought stretches into a fourth year, voters are increasingly open to the idea. RANDALL BENTON/Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

Amid stubborn drought conditions, more Californians are warming to the prospect of government-imposed mandatory water rationing, but a majority still favor the state's current approach of urging residents to voluntarily curtail their water use. Support for rationing swelled to more than a third of voters in the latest statewide Field Poll, a rise of 7 percentage points since last spring.

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Mini urban reservoirs could help ease drought

KCRA Sacramento

California is letting billions of gallons of perfectly good water wash down its storm drains and out to sea. That was the take-away lesson from a hearing at the state Capitol on Wednesday. A $7.5 billion state bond approved by voters last November includes about $200 million for stormwater projects.

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California enters 4th year of drought, experts say

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Rainfall, snowpack and runoff estimates are way below average, indicating the state will continue in drought-emergency mode throughout the year, state and regional water experts told a gathering of 120 water managers Wednesday at a forum sponsored by the Southern California Water Committee.

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