Friday, Oct. 2, 2015

'We can't relax'

Californians meet water target — again — with 27% cut

Who saved the most water? BAY AREA NEWS GROUP

Bay Area News Group

San Francisco Chronicle & Los Angeles Times

Drought-conscious Californians surpassed Gov. Jerry Brown's conservation goal in August, cutting their water use 27 percent compared to the same period in 2013, according to state data released Thursday. Conservation, though, dipped a bit for the first time since Brown's order took effect. The latest numbers underscore concern that California's water-savings zeal could fade during the cooler, wetter winter months and especially in those that follow.

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Time-lapse river videos expose nature in the raw

California Water Blog

Thanks to its Mediterranean climate, California swings from one extreme to another: severe drought, raging wildfires, big floods — which could be just around the corner, if predictions of a "Godzilla El Niño" hold true. Researchers with the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences watch these dramas play out in several rivers of the Sierra Nevada. The data collected are useful for linking physical and ecological processes, but they don't always tell the whole story.

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WEF report details future of stormwater issues

Water Technology & Water Environment Federation

The Water Environment Federation released a report about the challenges, opportunities and paths to improve the country's stormwater systems during WEFTEC 2015 in Chicago this week. The release of the document, Rainfall to Results: The Future of Stormwater, coincided with the launch of the WEF Stormwater Institute to address stormwater issues.

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