Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Stress test

Some California water suppliers resisted mandated drought measures, but the data show they worked

The Best and Worst Water Savers -- KQED

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KQED San Francisco

Today, California will likely revise its drought rules, ending a year of local conservation quotas handed down by the state. The proposed revisions would allow local suppliers to apply hypothetical "stress tests." But however maligned, the emergency system of state-imposed quotas largely worked, according to water conservation data.

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Feinstein gets green light to proceed on water bill

San Francisco Chronicle & Maven's Notebook

Sen. Dianne Feinstein's third effort to address California's drought by expanding the water supply through dams, recycling, desalination and other methods received the go-ahead Tuesday at a Senate hearing. Meanwhile, Democratic Rep. John Garamendi introduced companion legislation in the House.

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Drought, dead trees add up to big fire danger ahead

San Francisco Chronicle & Orange County Register

Stubborn drought conditions and an epidemic of dead and dying trees mean California is facing a potentially catastrophic fire season, federal officials said Tuesday as they promised to send extra money and personnel to the state. "You've got 40 million dead trees. You've got 40 million opportunities for fire," Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said.

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