Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014

Water efforts wane

Despite drought, Californians fail to conserve enough

Sacramento Bee

San Jose Mercury News

California is in one of the worst droughts in its history, yet the state's residents are going backward when it comes to water conservation. Troubling new numbers out Tuesday show that in October, urban water use fell by just 6.7 percent. That's down from a 10.3 percent reduction in September and an 11.6 percent cut in August. The figures also showed a dramatic difference in conservation between north and south.

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Updated report shows more groundwater depletion

Capital Public Radio

The California Department of Water Resources' updated report shows this year through September more than 350 new water wells were drilled in Fresno and Tulare counties, the most in the state. The report also found 34 of 127 high and medium priority groundwater basins are not adequately monitored.

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House GOP, Costa start last-ditch shot at water bill

Fresno Bee

House Republicans joined by Fresno Democrat Jim Costa started a last-ditch maneuver late Tuesday to pass California water legislation that's friendly to farmers and frightening to environmentalists. Acting fast in the dying days of a lame-duck Congress, lawmakers introduced a new bill that consolidates some ideas they think could pass both the Senate and the House.

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