Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016

Less is more

Water year off to a better start, conservation improves

A water conservation sign remains in what was once a grass-covered traffic divider in Montery Park. FREDERIC J. BROWN / Getty Images

KPCC

Los Angeles Times, KPCC Pasadena & Sacramento Bee

The state enjoyed one of its wettest Octobers in recent history and its residents responded by reducing their water use, state officials announced Tuesday. People in cities and towns cut their water consumption by 19.5% during the first month of the "water year," compared with the same month in 2013. The savings marked an improvement from September, when urban residents saved 18.3%, compared with 2013.

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White House won't support California water bill

McClatchy

The White House on Tuesday voiced doubts about controversial California water legislation that has already caused an unusually public split between the state's two Democratic senators. If it holds firm, the Obama administration's resistance could greatly complicate efforts to add the California language onto a sprawling bill that pays for many other projects nationwide.

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Senate Dems lay out California Rebuild proposals

KCRA Sacramento

Senate Democrats have introduced a series of new measures to rebuild California's aging infrastructure, including boosting affordable housing, addressing funding shortfalls for transportation needs, and providing needed resources for safe drinking water, drought relief and urban parks.

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