News & Noteworthy

Waiting on Winter

Good Times Santa Cruz
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Santa Cruz has become a model of conservation in the drought; how much better can we do?

Santa Cruzans hoping for a rainy celebratory deluge this fall have been disappointed to hear the party’s been postponed indefinitely, if not canceled altogether. The National Weather Service (NWS), which predicted that El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) would bring tropical storms by winter of 2014, has been...

News story: Water School for Water-Wasters
Saturday, August 9, 2014

[Excerpt] SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Some overindulged their zucchini patch. Others didn't bother with that dripping kitchen sink. But now every Monday night in this drought-stricken beach town, dozens of residents who violated their strict rations take a seat at Water School, hoping to get hundreds of thousands of dollars in distressing penalties waived... see full story at link below.

Final Safeguarding California Plan for Reducing Climate Risk

State of California
Thursday, July 31, 2014

The California Natural Resources Agency, in coordination with other state agencies, has updated the 2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy. The Safeguarding California Plan augments previously identified strategies in light of advances in climate science and risk management options. See links below for the final Plan and other resources.

10 California Cities Running Out of Water Include Bakersfield, Santa Cruz, Fresno

24/7 Wall St. - written by Thomas C. Frohlich
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Based on data provided by the U.S. Drought Monitor , a collaboration between academic and government organizations, 24/7 Wall St. identified large U.S. urban areas that have been under persistent, serious drought over the first seven months of this year. This list includes Santa Cruz. Click below for the full article and other resources.

Opinion: California Must Act Now to Protect Groundwater Supplies

California City News. By Lester Snow, executive director of the California Water Foundation
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Lester Snow writes in the California City News about the urgent need to protect our groundwater supplies and highlights some legislation under consideration on this issue:

[Excerpt] "California has relied on overdrafting our groundwater basins for decades. This “deficit spending”...

Advances in Water Research, Summer 2014

Water Research Foundation
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The current issue of Advances in Water Research, the quarterly news magazine put out by the Water Research Foundation, has some interesting articles regarding reuse, including an interview on potable reuse in San Diego and an article about the same topic. It also has an article by Karen and Bob Raucher about communicating about climate change.