Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A good sign

Drought may be nearly over, but state still saving water

The cumulative statewide savings from June 2015 through February 2017 remains at 22.5 percent. STATE WATER BOARD

State Water Board

Sacramento Bee & San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Californians are still conserving substantial amounts of water even as Gov. Jerry Brown appears ready to rescind or relax his drought declaration. The state announced Tuesday that urban areas reduced water use by 25.1 percent in February. The South Coast region contributed to 60 percent of statewide savings in February, as Southern Californians saved 51,208 acre-feet of water, or about 16.7 billion gallons.

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Trump clears way for desert water pumping project

Riverside Press-Enterprise, Los Angeles Times & McClatchy

In another U-turn from existing environmental policy, the Trump administration has removed a major roadblock to plans by a Santa Monica company to pump ancient groundwater from below the Mojave Desert and sell it to urban areas of Southern California. Sen. Dianne Feinstein is not amused.

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Map brings together 40 years of water quality data

U.S. Geological Survey

A new U.S. Geological Survey interactive map provides a comprehensive, long-term look at changes in the quality of our nation's rivers and streams over the last four decades. For the first time, monitoring data have been combined to provide a nationwide look at changes in the quality of our rivers and streams between the 1972 passage of the Clean Water Act and 2012.

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