Monday, Aug. 3, 2015

Trickle-down politics

Drought could force real change with city, state leaders

More than 600 empty docks sit on dry, cracked dirt at Folsom Lake Marina, one of the largest inland marinas in California. ALLEN J. SCHABEN / Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

ANALYSIS: It's something of a relief, if a mixed one, that the drought has surged into the role of the latest scourge to freak out California. Fresh signs arrived last week that Californians are taking the drought seriously — and taking it seriously across the state. This high level of concern, if sustained, could reinforce political change as well.


New poll: Americans favor farmers during drought

Associated Press & Sacramento Bee

When water gets scarce and the government slaps restrictions on its use, who should be first in line at the spigot? Farmers, according to an AP-GfK poll. When asked to rate priorities when water is scarce during a drought, most respondents said agriculture should be a top or high priority over residential needs, wildlife and industry.


New state website lets you tattle on water wasters


Drought-shaming isn't going away any time soon. California has launched a website that allows you to tattle on any water wasters you encounter. The new site, SaveWater, went live Thursday, allowing users to anonymously submit reports and photos.

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