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New Council Report: Turf Removal & Replacement

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
The Council is excited to announce the release of its new report - Turf Removal & Replacement: Lessons Learned.

This report offers a quantitative context for turf removal programs, details anecdotal program challenges, and provides guidance on how to optimize program outcomes.

Data and information presented in the report were collected from Council member water agencies. 

Thank you to all Council members for your support; this report was made possible through your annual dues. 

Special thanks to the contributing agencies - your voluntary data-sharing is Council 'reporting' at its best.


Calif. Governor Can't Make It Rain, But Can Make Relief Money Pour

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Can you spend your way out of an historic drought? Not really, but the consensus in Sacramento these days seems to be that money certainly helps.

Just days after it was introduced, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed his sweeping $1.1 billion emergency drought relief bill today. 

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California drought: S.F. seeks tech fix to leaky pipes

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

John Bess of Baltimore has spent the past two weeks walking around San Francisco with his headphones and Orioles cap on. He’s logged nearly 10 miles a day, past such sites as the Embarcadero, Telegraph Hill and AT&T Park.

But Bess is no tourist. He’s searching for water leaks in the city’s underground pipelines with a special microphone and earpiece that enables him to hear escaping water from the street — rather than having to dig down and find it.

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Current and Past California Droughts Detailed in New DWR Report

Thursday, March 26, 2015

In-depth comparisons of California’s most significant droughts – past and present – are detailed in a newly released report from the California Department of Water Resources, DWR officials announced today.

The report, “California’s Most Significant Droughts:  Comparing Historical and Recent Conditions,”compares the severity and impacts of California’s most significant droughts, which stretched from 1929 to 1934, 1976 to 1977 and 1987 to 1992.  The report also details the current drought, which began in 2012.

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$1 billion water spending plan heads to Gov. Jerry Brown

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A $1 billion water spending plan for drought-stricken California is heading to Gov. Jerry Brown.

The California Assembly on Thursday unanimously voted 74-0 to expedite infrastructure spending and offer some aid to communities hit hard by dry conditions. A companion measure authorizing fines for illegal diversions of water that hurt fish passed with Republicans objecting.

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