Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015

Tweaks on tap?

Drought mandates will be adjusted, Gov. Brown hints

Gov. Jerry Brown talks at a press conference after the governor met San Diego civic leaders Tuesday to discuss the ongoing drought and conservation. JOHN GESTALDO / San Diego Union-Tribune


San Diego Union-Tribune

The state may get some flexibility in complying with California's rigorous water conservation mandate, Gov. Jerry Brown hinted Tuesday. Brown said conservation would continue with some modifications once his emergency mandate expires in February. While not making any specific promises, Brown said he understood that changes need to be made as the state makes stepped-up conservation permanent.


Key study to explore algae growth in Lake Tahoe

U.S. Geological Survey

The U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Nevada, Reno, will study the cause of eutrophication, or increased algae growth, along the nearshore of Lake Tahoe. Supported by California's Lahontan Water Quality Control Board, the investigation is in response to widespread concerns with water quality and ecological degradation of the lake's nearshore environment.


Shade balls: A mesmerizing water-saving trick

Municipal workers in Los Angeles this week poured "shade balls" into one of the city's reservoirs. The black plastic balls help maintain water quality by blocking sunlight, thereby preventing hazardous reactions with the chlorine and bromide in the water. The video is thoroughly satisfying.

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