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Water conservation in Chico brought up the water levels below our feet

Monday, November 23, 2015
Chico’s efforts to save water are showing up in an increase in groundwater levels.

In September, California Water Service customers in Chico saved 35.9 percent vs. the same month in 2013, whittling the per capita use to 140.4 gallons per day.

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Volvo wants to help Californians save water with dirty cars

Monday, November 23, 2015


Toward the end of October, Volvo announced the Driving Dirty Movement, complete with its own Twitter hastag, aimed at conserving water in drought-stricken California. The challenge asked residents to not wash their cars for a month, the figures showing that just one car-wash-less page on the calendar could save the state 18 million gallons of water.
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Santa Monica’s Water Sprinkler Zan Likely a First

Monday, November 23, 2015
In what seems to be a first in drought-stricken California, the City of Santa Monica is banning the use of nearly all new water sprinklers for landscaping, deeming the centuries-old system a water waster.

Sprinkling systems for all new developments and new sprinklers in existing landscapes, including parkways, are prohibited as of the end of the month, City officials said.

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Governor Brown Issues Executive Order to Bolster State’s Drought Response

Monday, November 23, 2015
Executive order includes new provisions to help localities capture stormwater from potential high precipitation events; $5 million in assistance for small water systems.

As California prepares for a fifth year of drought, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an executive order that calls for additional actions to build on the state’s ongoing response to record dry conditions and assist recovery efforts from this year’s devastating wildfires.

Read the full text of the executive order here.


Small crew leads sea change in water quality

Monday, November 23, 2015

Travis Pritchard, interim executive director of San Diego Coastkeeper, on San Diego Bay in the group's boat, Clean Sweep.

Forcing mega corporations to clean up San Diego Bay. Making city officials speed up their work on crumbling sewer pipes. Helping to usher in a new era of water conservation for the region with an unprecedented water-recycling plan.

San Diego Coastkeeper, a nonprofit with a handful of employees and a small boat, has realized these achievements with 20 years of dogged lobbying, diplomacy and litigation.

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