Category Archives: Drought

California’s Lessening Drought Conditions

The ECOreport reposts a notice about  water-use efficiency in California’s Lessening drought conditions

Press Release from San Diego County Water Authority

Two encouraging developments this week underscored California’s lessening drought conditions, while offering a reminder that water-use efficiency remains important statewide.

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California’s Longer-Term Water Conservation Measures

The ECOreport reposts an Executive Order Aims to Make Water Conservation a Way of Life,  California’s longer-term water conservation measures

Originally Published on the Office of Governor Edmund G Brown

SACRAMENTO – Moving to bolster California’s climate and drought resilience, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an executive order that builds on temporary statewide emergency water restrictions to establish longer-term water conservation measures, including permanent monthly water use reporting, new permanent water use standards in California communities and bans on clearly wasteful practices such as hosing off sidewalks, driveways and other hardscapes.

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Eastern Mediterranean’s Worst Drought In 900 Years

The ECOreport reposts analysis of Eastern Mediterranean’s Worst Drought In 900 Years

Press release from NASA

A new NASA study finds that the recent drought that began in 1998 in the eastern Mediterranean Levant region, which comprises Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and Turkey, is likely the worst drought of the past nine centuries.

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California’s Destructive Drought Bill May Pass

An urgent appeal from Restore the Delta: California’s destructive Drought bill may pass. 

Originally Published on Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

Senator Dianne Feinstein appears ready to sign off on HR 2898, after negotiations with Central Valley House Congressmen that want to over pump the San Francisco Bay-Delta, according to an action alert from Restore the Delta (RTD).

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Californians Waste A Lot Of Water

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMWater is a finite resource. According to Stephanie Feldstein of the Center of Biological Diversity, “Every time you turn on the tap, that water is coming from rivers, lakes and streams that wildlife depend on.” With Levi Strauss & Co’s help, the Center created the “Don’t Be a Drip” to identify some of the most wasteful activities and counties in the United States. Despite a four year long drought, they discovered Californians waste a lot of water.

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Climate Change Does Not Cause Every Drought

University of Oxford researchers found that Climate Change Does Not Cause Every Drought, in fact two of the three they studied originated from other factors. 

Press Release from University of Oxford

Human-induced climate change plays a clear and significant role in some extreme weather events but understanding the other risks at a local level is also important, highlights a collection of research studies published today. The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society’s annual special report, Explaining Extreme Events of 2014 from a Climate Perspective, investigates the causes of a wide variety of extreme weather and climate events from around the world, including three studies involving Oxford researchers that examine serious droughts in Brazil, East Africa and the eastern Mediterranean. While there was a clear influence of human-induced climate change being responsible on the failing rains in the Levant region, a fingerprint of human activity was not detected the in the other two. In those cases, other causes of water shortages came into play due to local factors, such as increased water demand, population growth or methods used for irrigating the crops.

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The Real Life Horror Show

Dan writes about the real life horror show & gives us a real treat through the Rage Against the Tunnels music video “Get Fracked” (bottom of the page)

Originally Published on Elk Grove News, Daily KOS & Indybay.org

By Dan Bacher

The real life horror show of Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels Plan keeps revealing its deadly surprises as the public comment period for the California Water Fix draws to a close on Friday, October 30.

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Replenishing Groundwater To Benefit Everyone

Can this be a solution to the critical water shortages in California’s San Joaquin Valley ? UC Davis claims this is Replenishing Groundwater To Benefit Everyone

Originally Published on UC Davis News

By Kat Kerlin

California’s aquifers are shrinking as more growers pump groundwater to keep crops alive. But that fertile farmland may also provide the means for replenishing groundwater to benefit everyone in the drought-stricken state.

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Where Groundwater Recharge Would Work

UC Davis has come up with a way to help California’s agribusiness that they claim will not hurt local residents. Where Groundwater Recharge Would Work

Originally Published on the UC Davis News Service

By Kat Kerlin

Growers, researchers, policymakers and others can now pinpoint California’s most promising parcels of farmland to help replenish the state’s dwindling groundwater supplies, thanks to a new interactive map developed by the California Soil Resource Lab at the University of California, Davis.

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Restore The Delta’s “Over Troubled Waters”

There is more to California’s Water Crises than the drought. Some of the deeper issues are documented In Restore The Delta’s “Over Troubled Waters”

From Restore The Delta

Available for the first time for free to the public. Our award winning documentary narrated by Ed Begley, Jr. on the struggle to stop the water grab via the Delta tunnels project, and the ways to create a sustainable water supply for California. Grab a cold one and learn. View time 45 minutes. Sign our petition to stop the Delta tunnels boondoggle: http://bit.ly/NoCAWaterFix

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