Mon May 4, 2015

Your Call: How is the drought affecting California’s agriculture?

On the May 5th edition of Your Call, we’ll continue our weeklong series on California’s water crisis by discussing the agriculture and its heavy reliance on water. Agriculture uses 80 percent California’s water, but was largely left out of Governor Jerry Brown’s first-ever limits on water use. Should agriculture be subject to limits? What are alternative models for agricultural production in California? Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Heather Cooley, director of the Pacific Institute’s Water Program

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Sun May 3, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

Your Call: Who are California’s water power brokers?

On the May 4th edition of Your Call, we’ll kick off a weeklong series on California’s water crisis by discussing forces that are controlling access to water in California. The state’s persistent drought has resulted in the first-ever statewide water restrictions, so how is the allocation of water determined? And who controls the flow? Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.


Conner Everts, co-facilitator of the Environmental Water Caucus

Adam Scow, California campaigns director at Food & Water Watch

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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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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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Mon April 6, 2015

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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