Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Strength in numbers

Conservation sticks as Californians cut water use 26%

April statewide conservation data. CA.gov

CA.gov

San Francisco Chronicle

Californians fought the urge to take long showers after all the rainfall this year, cutting water use instead by 26.1 percent in April, state officials said Monday. Felicia Marcus, chairwoman of the water board, said the numbers demonstrated how Californians have joined forces in pushing conservation. "These results definitely show strength in numbers," Marcus said.

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Critical index finds smelt nearly extinct in Delta

Sacramento Bee

Delta smelt have hovered close to extinction for years, but biologists say they've never seen anything like this spring. "There's nothing between them and extinction, as far as I can tell," said Peter Moyle, a UC Davis biologist who has studied smelt and other Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta fish species for nearly four decades.

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Drought sparks larger wildfires across California

Los Angeles Times

Firefighters are tackling larger and more aggressive wildfires as drought conditions continue for a fifth year in California, drying out swaths of forest land. Raging wildfires in Northern and Southern California kept firefighters busy over the weekend, pushing the number of acres burned so far this year to well past 20,000.

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