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Colder Storms Needed to Ease Drought

Dec 17, 2014
Colder Storms Needed to Ease Drought

SACRAMENTO- While recent rains have certainly helped, California’s water supply also relies on snowmelt, which is below average for this time of year. According to the eight station index, a measure of precipitation for the Sacramento basin, rainfall totals are averaging 145 percent of normal for this point in the season. But the Central Sierra snowpack is...

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Water Agencies Fear Rain Will Kill Water Conservation

Dec 17, 2014
Water Agencies Fear Rain Will Kill Water Conservation

ate and local water officials want to remind water users that they should continue to conserve water despite the recent rainstorms that have caused localized flooding. "It's not dry right now so people don't feel that have to worry about conservation," said Shau

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Experts Worry Recent Rains Give People Reason to Stop Conserving Water

Dec 16, 2014
Experts Worry Recent Rains Give People Reason to Stop Conserving Water

SAN FRANCISCO (AP)- California officials are worried that recent rains will give people an excuse to abandon water-conservation efforts designed to fight the state’s long drought. Weather experts say it’s too early to know if the storms represent the beginning of the end of the dry spell. They pledge to keep promoting conservation. Felicia...

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Rock, Mud Slides Close Chunk of Highway 16

Dec 11, 2014
Rock, Mud Slides Close Chunk of Highway 16

YOLO COUNTY- Roadways in western Yolo County experienced minor flooding as a major rain storm moved through the area Thursday. But Highway 16 was closed due to a mudslide. In fact, numerous parts of the highway were also covered with rocks – some weighing several hundred pounds. They continued to fall every few minutes,...

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Water saving numbers stellar as Roseville customers saved 29 percent in November

Water saving efforts by Roseville residents and business owners continue and we’re still on course to reduce water use by 20 percent this year. In November alone, customers saved more than 29 percent as compared to this time last year. In total, Roseville has cut water use by 19.1 percent since January. With the...

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Sacramento Hosts Drought Forum at Capitol

Nov 13, 2014
Sacramento Hosts Drought Forum at Capitol

SACRAMENTO- State and agricultural leaders from cross the western U.S. gathered at the Capitol Thursday to kick off a two-day drought forum. The drought has become the “new normal” in California, but water shortage stretches beyond our state. That’s why state and agricultural leaders from across the west are joining forces. “What I want...

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Could California’s Drought End This Season?

Nov 12, 2014
Could California’s Drought End This Season?

SACRAMENTO- Northern California’s autumn rainstorms this year have failed to impress, but the state’s Department of Water Resources (DWR) reminds us, the season is still very young. Hydrologists measure the water year from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30. “In a sense we’re not far yet from our ‘New Year’s Day,’” said Maurice Roos, DWR Chief...

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The Blue Muse
13 things my spring gardener self needs to know

13 things my spring gardener self needs to know

The holy grail of gardening.As the summer gardening season fades away, I've got a bone to pick with myself for the choices I made earlier in the spring. Better planning and conscientiousness could have saved me a LOT of trouble and emotional energy (ye...

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Elk Grove: You Can Thank the Drought for that Stench

Oct 14, 2014
Elk Grove: You Can Thank the Drought for that Stench

ELK GROVE- The City of Elk Grove says the foul odor some residents may smell is because of the lack of rain. The smell is said to be around Elk Grove Creek between Laguna Springs Drive and Emerald Vista Dive. According to the city, “organic materials” like grass and leaves have been left in...

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City of Tracy Surprised by Residents’ Serious Water Conservation

Oct 13, 2014
City of Tracy Surprised by Residents’ Serious Water Conservation

TRACY- Public utilities officials in Tracy can’t quite believe it themselves. According to data collected by the city, water use was a whopping 41 percent less in August of 2014 than in the same month in 2013. That is the latest month that figures are available. This is at a time when many communities...

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