Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a $7.5 billion bipartisan water plan, acting swiftly after it was passed by both houses of the Legislature to place it on California’s November ballot.
Water regulatory agencies in San Francisco and the East Bay have decided at their meetings to impose mandatory restrictions for water use.
Every Monday night in, dozens of Santa Cruz residents who violated their strict rations take a seat at Water School, hoping to get hundreds of thousands of dollars in distressing penalties waived.
With California in desperate need for a wet winter to relieve the state’s drought, scientists with the National Weather Service said that the chance of an El Nino to develop later this year is less likely.
Palo Alto officials are targeting water-wasting activities like washing down sidewalks and irrigating to the point of saturation. City council approved the new series of restrictions late Monday night.
Marin County Water District Pits Neighbors Against Each Other To See Who Uses Less Water During Drought
Water wasters have faced warnings, fines, and even restrictions during California’s drought emergency. But, some residents in Marin County are going even further, competing against each other to see who uses the least water.
Santa Cruz residents have already racked up more than $500,000 in fines for excessive water use.
The impact of California’s drought is readily apparent in Bay Area creeks, and the picture isn’t very pretty for the wildlife depending on them.
Lake Tahoe’s water level stood at 6,224 feet above sea level as of Tuesday, just above its natural rim of 6,223 feet.
The bill signed by Governor Jerry Brown this week prohibits homeowner associations from penalizing residents who fail to water their lawns during the drought.