Friday, April 17, 2015

'We can do this'

Gov. Brown says no relaxing on conservation mandates

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday promised to consider the concerns of businesses affected by his order to cut urban water use by 25 percent as the prolonged drought in the most populous U.S. state drags into its fourth year. MAX WHITTAKER/Reuters


Contra Costa Times

As California inches closer to implementing its first mandatory statewide limits on water use, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday said he won't relax the new rules following complaints from some cities that they're too tough. Today, the state water board is expected to release a detailed report explaining how the new rules will work and how quickly fines will be issued.


Assembly tries to speed up water storage projects

Los Angeles Daily News

Amid a crippling state drought, several state Assembly members are pushing a bill intended to speed up construction of water storage facilities by changing the state-mandated environmental review process. Introduced last month, AB 311 creates a window to resolve litigation over environmental reviews of new water storage facilities.


State aid is a lifeline for failing water systems

Circle of Blue

California will spend $19 million on emergency drinking water assistance in fiscal year 2015. Even more money is coming next year. In total, 72 public water systems at risk of running short of water received $15 million from an emergency spending bill that Gov. Jerry Brown signed in March 2014.

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