Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Nature's limits

California's drought tests the history of endless growth

Homes in Rancho Mirage, Calif., in the Coachella Valley. DAMON WINTER/The New York Times

New York Times

New York Times

For more than a century, California has been the state where people flocked for a better life. It was the cutting-edge symbol of possibility: Hollywood, Silicon Valley, aerospace, agriculture and vineyards. But now a punishing drought — and the unprecedented measures to compel people to reduce water use — is forcing a reconsideration of whether the aspiration of untrammeled growth that has for so long been this state's driving engine has run against the limits of nature.

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State will unveil specifics on drought water cuts

Los Angeles Times

The State Water Resources Control Board hopes to announce a preliminary framework by today that will outline how it plans to implement the historic mandatory water restrictions Gov. Jerry Brown ordered last week. The framework will detail how the state plans to achieve the 25% water-use cut Brown ordered and will explain the consequences for agencies that fail to meet the targets.

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Colorado tops list of most endangered U.S. rivers

American Rivers

The America's Most Endangered Rivers report highlights 10 rivers facing urgent threats, and encourages decision-makers to do the right thing for the rivers and communities they support. It presents alternatives to proposals that would damage rivers, identifies those who make the crucial decisions, and points out opportunities for the public to take action on behalf of each listed river.

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