SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Some Southern California water districts became so good at saving water and building their own water storage facilities in recent decades that residents are not feeling the effects of the worst drought to hit the state in a generation.
That's a problem.
Thinking plenty of water was available at the start of summer, residents along a coastal area doused their lawns and filled their pools, while elsewhere in the state farmers fallowed hundreds of thousands of acres.
Lawmakers agree that wildfire funding policy needs to be changed, but are split on how to fix it: A bipartisan group is proposing that money to fight wildfires be allowed to come from disaster funds, while a Republican Senate trio has proposed a measure that would require spending to thin forests on federal lands, Gannett's The Desert Sun reports.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California water regulators voted Tuesday to approve fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing, as a report showed that consumption throughout the state has actually risen amid the worst drought in nearly four decades.
The action by the State Water Resources Control Board came after its own survey showed that conservation measures to date have failed to achieve the 20 percent reduction in water use sought by Gov. Jerry Brown.
The University of California, Davis's Center for Watershed Sciences projected California's drought will inflict a total $2.2 billion in losses and expenses for the state's agriculture industry and cut more than 17,000 farm jobs, The Wall Street Journal reports.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians increased water consumption this year during the severe drought, despite pleas from the governor to conserve, fallowed farm fields and reservoirs that are quickly draining, according to a report released Tuesday.
The new figures surfaced as state water regulators prepared to vote later in the day on fines up to $500 a day for people who waste water on landscaping, fountains, washing vehicles and other outdoor uses.
As California continues to experience severe drought, some residents in Cabazon are questioning why there are few restrictions on a Nestle-owned bottled-water plant, even as the rest of the state is facing pressure to conserve resources, The Desert News reports.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In one of the most drastic responses yet to California's drought, state regulators on Tuesday will consider fines up to $500 a day for people who waste water on landscaping, fountains, washing vehicles and other outdoor uses.
The rules would prohibit the watering of landscaping to the point that runoff spills onto sidewalks or streets. Hosing down sidewalks, driveways and other hard surfaces would be banned along with washing vehicles without a shut-off nozzle.
Ecosystem Investment Partners, a private equity group, is looking to profit from its restoration of marshlands in Louisiana by selling the environmental restoration credits it earns to developers and agencies looking to offset their projects' environmental damage, The New York Times reports.
GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) — Bo Cuketieh inadvertently let a fine mist from a leaky hose soak the front lawn of a Southern California home Wednesday before considering that such water waste could merit a $500 fine under unprecedented restrictions proposed by California regulators.
Cuketieh, a 35-year-old welder living at the Glendale home, said conservation is necessary, but he chafed at the maximum fine.
"That's the difference between me making my house payment or not," said Cuketieh, who was shirtless and hunched over in the 98 degree heat as he filled his car radiator. "I live from one week to the next, and I have a pretty decent job."
A $1.9 million bonus the Department of Energy awarded to the contractor that operated the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, five days after the fire that crippled the facility, praised Nuclear Waste Partnership for excellent performance, the Albuquerque Journal reports.
The NHL, releasing its 2014 sustainability report in partnership with NRDC –- which found that one hockey game emits 408 metric tons of carbon dioxide -- is vowing to work with its clubs to reduce their carbon footprint and increase their energy efficiency, The Hill reports.
Demand for drilling equipment boosted the profit for oilfield services giant Halliburton in the second quarter, at $774 million, or 91 cents a share, up 20 percent from the year-ago period, The Wall Street Journal reports, noting that Chief Operating Officer Jeff Miller has been given the added title of president and will join the company's board.
After more than six years of development, Chevron says it has started producing base oil -– used for motor vehicles and to grease industrial equipment -– at its refinery in Pascagoula, Miss., FuelFix reports.
Delta Air Lines has reached a five-year agreement with Bridger LLC to bring 65,000 barrels of domestic crude a day to its refinery in Pennsylvania, a facility that lost $41 million in the first quarter, Bloomberg reports.
A measure expected to be ratified by the South Portland council Monday, to ban tankers loading crude in the local port, will effectively block plans to reverse the flow of the Portland Montreal Pipeline to carry Alberta tar sands crude, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Midcontinent Independent System Operator, in figures to be discussed with stakeholders Tuesday, says its power prices dropped substantially in June because there was less congestion and more generators available, although the numbers were still higher than levels a year earlier, Platts reports.
Bill Magwood, a member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission who is headed to become chief of the Paris-based Nuclear Energy Agency, should be asked to leave his NRC post, groups including Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth wrote to President Obama, The Hill reports.
Politico profiles Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., a brash congressman who is in line for a next-generation party leadership position but is also generating some resentment back home by funding anti-fracking ballot measures.
In “The Zero Marginal Cost Society,” author Jeremy Rifkin writes that the revolution that has upended traditional models in the energy industry -– most evident in Germany at the moment –- will contribute to the end of capitalism as a whole. He explains his concept to E&E in an interview.