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."
Ahead of reports on GDP, payrolls and gasoline stockpiles, U.S. benchmark crude for September delivery slipped 11 cents to $101.56 in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while Brent crude gained 22 cents to $107.79, Bloomberg reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency isn’t doing enough to monitor the effect fracking has on water contamination and seismic activity, and needs to update and step up enforcement efforts, the Government Accountability Office said in a report released Monday, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Two top Chinese officials who’d been prominent in the operations of China National Petroleum Corp. in Canada have departed, calling into question the future of a billion dollar oil sands project, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The Obama administration has turned to lasers -- used in the Light Detection and Ranging System, or LIDAR -- to create extremely accurate 3-D mapping, which the U.S. Geological Survey says has the potential to head off billions of dollars in flood damage as well as revolutionize planning for infrastructure, National Journal reports.
Weather satellite data are vulnerable to hacking because of security issues with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration information systems, according to E&E, which cites a report from the Inspector General at the Commerce Department.
Northwest Energy Innovations is to start testing a prototype in September in Oahu, of a device which will harvest up to 20 kilowatts from wave energy and add it to the grid, the first time that will have been done in the U.S., The Associated Press reports, citing a story in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.