Friday, May 20, 2016

'Zero' target

Many cities see no conservation regs under new rules

Several agencies in north and south state predict they'll have 'zero' conservation target. FLORENCE LOW / Department of Water Resources

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Sacramento Bee

The new water rules adopted Wednesday by the State Water Resources Control Board allow more than 400 urban water agencies to propose their own standards for conservation. Thursday, several California water agencies told the Sacramento Bee that, based on the new rules, they expect their assessments to show that they have plenty of water, and to largely back away from requiring customers to reduce water use tied to a specific target.

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Tulare residents suffering from drought's effects

Fresno Bee

Tulare County residents say four years of drought have taken a toll on their physical and mental health. That's according to the results of a survey released recently by the Department of Public Health. County officials announced the results on Monday. Nearly half of East Porterville residents who responded, and a third of those in Cutler-Orosi, said the drought has diminished their peace of mind.

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Delta plan must be rewritten after judge's ruling

Stockton Record

A plan that was to serve as a comprehensive roadmap for the Delta through 2100 now must be partially rewritten, after a judge this week ruled on complaints stemming from no fewer than seven lawsuits. Among other findings, the judge said that the Delta Stewardship Council failed to include measurable targets to reduce the state's reliance on the Delta for water, as required by law.

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