California’s Worst Drought Tests Gov. Brown

2015 May 1.

California governors seem predestined to be beset by crises.  There is something about this place that seems to foster them.  Pete Wilson’s tenure will be remembered as much for his management of multiple crises—major earthquakes, fiscal meltdowns, urban riots—as for his policy achievements.

Lake Shasta is at a very low level after 4 years of drought.

DIRE STRAITS: Persistent Drought Reaches Epic Proportions

2015 May 1.

On Wednesday, April 1, Jerry Brown stood on a bare patch of ground in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and announced mandatory statewide cutbacks in water use to deal with the California drought.  It is now in its fourth year and, by some measurements, is the worst drought on record.

Water efficiency is extremely important in these days of drought.

WATER EFFICIENCY EQUATION: Reducing Use Per Unit Gaining Traction

2015 May 1.

With California now firmly entrenched in its fourth drought year in a row, the irrigation industry is rightly focused on water efficiency.

Congress Grapples with Drought Action

2015 May 1.

Early last year, both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate passed legislation that would address the drought in California and attempt to provide some immediate assistance.  But like much of Congress’ work, compromise proved to be elusive and neither of those efforts reached the president’s desk.

Nitrate Related Water Quality Regulations Continue to Be in Limbo

2015 May 1.

Over the last dozen years or so, the state’s regional water quality control boards have ramped up regulations on irrigated agriculture and their discharges to surface and ground waters.

Technology Has Role to Play in Water Debate

2015 May 1.

This month’s WG&S deals with the topic of water.  It is a topic on the forefront of everyone’s mind as California is in its fourth consecutive year of drought and the water shortages faced by the state gin up arguments about who is at fault and what constituency will have to “give” (water) in order to weather this lack of storms.