Wednesday, June 3, 2015

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State water use falls 13.5%, but users getting serious

A man walks past the brown median strip at Dolores and 24th streets in San Francisco. The city stopped watering the grassy strip to cutback on water consumption.  PAUL CHINN / San Francisco Chronicle

S.F. Chronicle

Los Angeles Times

After lagging during the first part of the year, water conservation in California improved significantly in April following Gov. Jerry Brown's historic order requiring big cuts in water use amid the worsening drought. Water use in April dropped 13.5%, compared with the same month in 2013, a sign that residents and urban water suppliers were taking Brown's dire conservation calls seriously.

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State regulators curb flows from Lake Shasta

Sacramento Bee

California's water crisis could be on the verge of getting a good deal worse. In a potentially significant setback for a system already stressed by epic drought, California regulators have ordered a temporary curb in the flows being released from Lake Shasta in order to protect an endangered species of salmon.

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Drought defies easy solutions at Senate hearing

McClatchy

Expanding San Luis Reservoir may present a "great opportunity for increasing water supplies," a key Obama administration official said Tuesday. But building a bunch of big new dams is not a viable solution to the state's present drought emergency, Deputy Interior Secretary Michael Connor warned lawmakers.

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