Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015

El Niño prep

L.A. County launches new website, deploys sandbags

Prepare for El Niño 2015.

Los Angeles Daily News & Los Angeles Times

As part of the preparations under way for an El Niño predicted to hit the region this winter, Los Angeles County officials launched a website to communicate emergency information with residents. Officials told county supervisors Tuesday that they have been clearing flood control catch basins and stocking up on sandbags, as well as mapping homeless encampments in riverbeds and other areas in danger of flooding.


Agencies, cities agree to seismic drought plan

San Mateo Daily Journal & KNTV San Jose

For the first time in decades, customers served by one of the Bay Area's largest water suppliers could soon sip from a massive underground aquifer. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and several Peninsula cities Tuesday unveiled a $113 million construction plan for 16 groundwater wells aimed at improving the water supply during a drought or an earthquake.


City lifts rule requiring paper plates at restaurants

Los Angeles Times

Amid criticism from business owners and residents, Fort Bragg city leaders Tuesday lifted a requirement that had forced restaurants to save water by serving patrons with disposable plates, cups and flatware. In a unanimous vote, the council approved a modified law that encourages (rather than requires) the use of compostable materials during the serious stages of the city's drought emergency.

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