Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Building resilience

Urban water cuts are matter of 'self-interest,' state says

The Capitol lawn has turned brown to conserve water during California’s severe drought. PAUL KITAGAKI / Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

Facing resistance to sweeping mandatory restrictions approved last week for urban water districts, California water board chair Felicia Marcus defended the cuts as a matter of "self-interest" at a Senate hearing Tuesday. "The reason for cutting back in urban California is to build resilience in urban California," Marcus said. "It's not about sharing the pain. It's about self-interest in making a judgment that we have to act …"

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State lawmakers receive a grim view of drought

Capital Public Radio & Los Angeles Times

The picture of the drought is bleak. Water managers told lawmakers almost 2,000 wells are dry. They've observed groundwater levels drop by more than 2 feet in more than 40 percent of measured wells this spring. State lawmakers got an update Tuesday on exactly how bad things are and heard little to cheer them.

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Californians publicly call out neighbors, celebrities

Christian Science Monitor

Not only are there special hotlines for neighbors to call to report abuse and infractions, but residents have started publicly calling out water-wasters — especially celebrities — on social media using the Twitter hashtag #DroughtShaming. Water analysts say the technique spotlights some of the most flagrant abusers — and heightens public awareness of the problem.

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