Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown issued an Executive Order to establish long-tern conservation measures for the state in anticipation of enduring drought conditions. The Governor built on the temporary statewide emergency water restrictions previously established by requiring “permanent monthly water use reporting, new permanent water use standards in California communities and bans on clearly wasteful practices such as hosing off sidewalks, driveways and other hardscapes.”

The Executive Order focuses on the following areas:

Jeff Janas

In a Los Angeles Times op-ed, Peter Gleick derides efforts by Sen. Feinstein and Rep. Valadao to pass legislation that would alleviate some of the damage done to farms and farmworkers in the San Joaquin Valley who have watched El Niño water flow past their farms and out to sea.   

The crux of Gleick’s argument? “Both bills approach California’s entrenched water problems from the misguided idea that we can squeeze even more water out of an already overtapped system.” In other words, there isn’t enough water to sustain San Joaquin Valley farms.

Jeff Janas


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