Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016

'Stress test' data

84% of water districts choose zero conservation target

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East Bay Times

Under fire from water agencies that were losing millions of dollars in water sales, Gov. Brown's administration two months ago dropped all mandatory water conservation targets and allowed cities, water districts and private companies to set their own targets. Now, the results are in: 343 urban water agencies — or 84 percent of the 411 largest in the state — set a conservation target of zero for the rest of this year.

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Districts: We can handle 3 more years of drought

Sacramento Bee

State officials will not force most water districts to reduce water use this year, even as they caution that the five-year drought persists and note that drought-fueled wildfires continue to wreak havoc. Most of the water districts that will continue to face mandated targets are in the San Joaquin Valley, the Central Coast and the Los Angeles area — areas of the state enduring the most severe drought.

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See where state has detected harmful algae toxins

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

If it seems like toxic algae blooms are appearing almost everywhere across California this summer, that's because they are. A new interactive map on the California Water Quality Monitoring Council's website shows more than 30 lakes and rivers where blooms of cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, have developed.

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