Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

A way of life

State considers tightening its urban conservation rules

Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life.

Sacramento Bee

State officials released a series of proposals Wednesday that might require urban water districts — seeking to avoid state conservation mandates — to prove they have a five-year water supply on hand. At present, urban districts have to show only a three-year supply to get out from under previous mandates, which required savings of 25 percent. The state encourages the public to submit comments on the draft plan.


Modeling groundwater: Key step for new water law

Stanford University Water in the West

Historic legislation intended to reshape how California manages a valuable water source is being implemented; however, political and physical complexities present daunting challenges to the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. A new report provides a framework for developing groundwater models under SGMA.


State's 'Salad Bowl' cultivating more than crops

PBS NewsHour

In the Salinas Valley, known as the "Salad Bowl of the World," a push is under way to expand agriculture's adoption of technology. The mobile app HeavyConnect, for example, enables farm managers to track personnel and equipment efficiently. Special correspondent Cat Wise reports on how such innovation is providing new opportunities for the Valley's largely Hispanic population.

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