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Placer County Online
County coordinating agency drought response

Despite a series of storms that dropped precipitation onto Placer County after an exceptionally dry winter, seasonal rainfall totals remain low for a third consecutive year. At the beginning of this year, with low reservoir levels and a meager Sierra snowpack, the county began working with Western Placer County water agencies on how to...

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With state agriculture using 75% of the water, does it really matter if you conserve in the garden?

Apr 14, 2014
With state agriculture using 75% of the water, does it really matter if you conserve in the garden?

  I spared the volunteer sunflowers yesterday and gave them a deep drink of water. I had been thinking of getting rid of them. My wife, who usually requisitions a patch of the “back forty” for her flower garden, announced … Continue reading

Placer County Online
Water restrictions continue: Placer County urges customers to cut water use by 10%

AUBURN – Directors of the Placer County Water Agency on Thursday adopted a series of water use regulations and restrictions and appealed to all customers to conserve water for the duration of the drought. “In an effort to achieve equitable availability of water for all,” said PCWA General Manager David A. Breninger, “we’re asking that all...

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The Politics of Drought: California Water Interests Prime the Pump in Washington

Apr 10, 2014

April 10, 2014 - Last year, as California endured one of its driest years on record, the Westlands Water District made it rain 3,000 miles away -- on Capitol Hill. The nation's largest agricultural water district, located in the Central Valley, spent ...

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Introducing the Top 1% Water Takers: Water subsidies, cotton subsidies, and the corporate agribusiness elite 1%

Apr 4, 2014

April 3, 2014 - Corporate agribusiness tycoons take taxpayer-subsidized water exported from the Delta and receive taxpayer subsidies for cotton and other crops. Is the cost, plus the harm to the Delta, worth the benefit? Exported water supports a busin...

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Gardening: drought-weary plants are loving the spring raine

Gardening: drought-weary plants are loving the spring raine

I’ve talked several times about the extremely dry winter of 2013/2014 (1 2 3). While the specter of a drought hasn’t disappeared, the rains we’ve had in the last week have helped a little. If nothing else, they’ve given our gardens a thorough soaking and have jumpstarted the...

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Placer County Online
CAL FIRE increases staffing as fire threat expands

Additional Seasonal Firefighters Hired From Sacramento Foothills to LA Basin Sacramento – Despite recent rainfall, CAL FIRE continues to respond to a significant increase in wildfires across much of California. While March rain totals were higher than this winter, the rain has done little to combat drought conditions. Starting Monday, March 31, CAL FIRE...

Placer County Online
Congressman Tom McClintock’s statement to the Subcommittee on Water and Power

Statement of Chairman Tom McClintock before the Subcommittee on Water and Power Oversight Hearing on:  “Examining the Proposed Fiscal Year 2015 Spending, Priorities and the Missions of the Bureau of Reclamation, the Four Power Marketing Administrations and the U.S. Geological Survey’s Water Program” March 25, 2014 Today, the Water and Power Subcommittee will review...

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Drought: Sierra snowpack water equivalent at 25% of average

Mar 28, 2014

SACRAMENTO March 27, 2014 - Department of Water Resources surveyors will head back up the mountain on Tuesday, April 1 for their monthly on-the-ground snow survey with an expectation of finding growth in the snowpack due to this week’s storms throughout much of California.

However, the first significant precipitation in weeks likely will be too...

Placer County Online
Roseville Announces Mandatory 20 Percent Cut in Water Use

ROSEVILLE — Due to persistent drought conditions, the City of Roseville today announced mandatory water use restrictions of 20 percent for its residential and commercial water customers effective immediately. The water use reductions also require commercial water customers to reduce their outdoor irrigation by 30 percent, bans the washing of cars without a water...

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