water

4:25pm

Mon April 27, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

Tapped Out: Thirsting for Fresh Water

Ansel Adams, Boulder Dam. Wikimedia Commons

During a recent press event, Governor Jerry Brown said:

“As Californians, we have to pull together and save water in any way we can.”

He spoke near Echo Lake – it’s south of Lake Tahoe where the government measures snowpack. This year, when they took the April measurement, there was no snow there at all. That makes it, of course, an historic low. The Governor said we could deal with that, except for this:

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2:10pm

Mon April 27, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

Dry farming: a technique for a water scarce future

Dry fields and bare groves looking west toward the Coast Range, near San Joaquin, Calif.
Photo by Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis, 2014

 

Earlier this month, Governor Jerry Brown stepped up to a podium in a dry, grassy field in Eastern California. He took a deep breath, and made a landmark statement.

"We’re in a historic drought, and that demands unprecedented action. It’s for that reason that I’m issuing an executive order demanding substantial water reduction across our state."

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9:34am

Mon April 6, 2015
Digest

Daily News Roundup for Monday April 6, 2015

An equestrian makes her way down Canada Rd. in Woodside, Calif. Friday, April 3, 2015. Communities using the most water, like in Woodside, will be under the gun to cut back more than communities already using less. (Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group)

California drought: Woodside, Fremont on opposite ends of water-saving spectrum // Mercury News

"Faced with tough new state water restrictions, lush towns like Woodside are going to have to start behaving a lot more like golden-hued Fremont.

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5:20pm

Tue March 24, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

Where will our future water supply come from, if not rain?

The LA Times recently published an editorial that reported that California’s reservoirs are currently storing only about a year’s worth of water supply. Significant storms could still add to that supply, but it’s daunting data, coming at the tail end of the traditional wet season.

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5:20pm

Tue March 24, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

In a warmer world, researchers say climate change is intensifying California's water crisis

Aerial view of Calaveras Dam Replacement Project.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/matt_hintsa/

Twice a week, the Heart of the City Farmers Market transforms San Francisco’s gritty United Nations Plaza with dozens of white canopies and truckloads of fresh produce. But on a recent sunny winter Wednesday, the abundance of sweet-smelling fruits and vegetables are contrasted by a gloomy point.

It didn’t rain once here last January. Not in this spot, nor in all of San Francisco.

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