Wednesday, April 29, 2015

'A serious number'

Water wasters face $10,000 fine under Brown's plan

Gov. Jerry Brown is surrounded by big-city mayors, including Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, as he announces legislation at the Capitol to help cities and local agencies crack down on water wasters. MELODY GUTIERREZ/San Francisco Chronicle

S.F. Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday proposed fining water wasters up to $10,000 per violation, a dramatic move that sought to help cities and towns meet newly revised state conservation rules by scaring people into compliance. The announcement may be largely symbolic. But it came as local officials express doubt about whether they can achieve mandatory water reductions of up to 36 percent that are expected to take effect next month.

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Tulare County is 'blazing the trail for California'

KVPR Fresno

The lack of rain has hit all of California hard, but perhaps no place more than in Tulare County home to 60 percent of the residential wells that have gone dry in the entire state. As Valley Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports the county is creating a model for drought relief that the rest of the state can follow.

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State pushes effort to speed up drought innovation

Los Angeles Times

The Brown administration's effort to speed innovation to address the state's endemic droughts was launched to little fanfare Tuesday. No specific funding or timeline was included in the program, but it would begin this summer and is likely to follow well-established channels for research and development grants, which can take several months to a year to pass through the process.

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