Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015

Get stingy with it

State funds $30 million lawn-toilet rebate program, sharply tightens faucet and showerhead standards

The flow of water from shower heads and bathroom faucets in California will be sharply reduced under strict new limits approved Wednesday by the state Energy Commission. ANNE CUSACK / Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

San Francisco Chronicle & DWR

Shower heads and bathroom faucets sold at stores will soon pack a little less punch under restrictions passed by California regulators Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Department of Water Resources announced two new rebate programs to help Californians replace inefficient toilets and tear out water-guzzling lawns, further conserving water during the state's historic drought.

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Drought forces evacuation at Valley fish hatchery

Fresno Bee

Thousands of rainbow trout – about 80,000 pounds worth – got a rescue ride Wednesday from the San Joaquin Hatchery to the cooler waters of Shaver Lake. Because of the ongoing drought, the water from Millerton Lake isn't cold enough to keep the trout alive at the hatchery below Friant Dam.

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A river runs dry in San Jose; hard choices ahead

Christian Science Monitor

A river no longer runs through San Jose, thanks to the ongoing severe drought in California. Eight miles of the 14-mile Guadalupe River, which runs through the city in Santa Clara County is now bone dry, filled with nothing but weeds, rocks, trash, and dead fish. Two years ago, the river was a thriving habitat for local wildlife, including ducks and beavers.

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