Friday, June 3, 2016

Every drop does count

Drought conservation creates sizable energy savings

Electricity savings from statewide water conservation. UC Davis

UC Davis

San Diego Union-Tribune

As debate continues around the state over how aggressively to conserve water amid a historic drought, a new study finds that cuts in urban water use have saved significant amounts of electricity and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The UC Davis analysis capitalized on the unique circumstances created by California's drought.


USGS map tracks changes in groundwater quality

Circle of Blue

Chloride and nitrate concentrations are rising and arsenic levels are holding steady or falling, a U.S. Geological Survey assessment of changes in the nation's groundwater quality in the last two decades has concluded. The federal science agency published the results on Thursday in an interactive online map.


$3.2 million boost for forest, watershed projects

Capital Public Radio

Efforts to reduce wildfire risk and improve the health of California's Sierra Nevada are getting a financial boost. The Sierra Nevada Conservancy is awarding $3.2 million to 10 projects in nine counties. Money for the grants comes from a ballot measure approved in 2014.

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