Water Crisis

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California needs better account of groundwater

One of the biggest challenges is accounting for groundwater, which supplies about one-third of agricultural and urban water use in normal years, and as much as 60 percent during the current drought. The good news is that the work has begun. Under a landmark 2014 law, California now requires groundwater basins to be managed sustainably. The bad news is that achieving comprehensive accounting systems for groundwater will be a heavy lift.

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New water rules make good sense

Californians have done a tremendous job of saving water in response to the state’s historic drought, with extraordinary measures including brown lawns, shower buckets and turf removal.

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Too much rain is going to waste

After months of hopeful predictions, El Niño is delivering our state much-needed snow and rain. But with Mother Nature doing her small part to ease the drought, the big question remains:

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Another View: Don’t ease up on water conservation

State and federal agencies seem to disagree about California’s drought. The Department of Water Resources and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s 2016 Drought Contingency Plan, released Friday, painted a grim picture, but that same day, the State Water Resources Control Board staff proposed to relax emergency drought regulations.

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Agencies deserve credit for water supply investments

El Niño is finally making its presence felt with a series of welcome storms. Since we don’t yet know if it will put a significant dent in California’s epic drought, state regulators are preparing the next version of an emergency regulation that has required statewide mandatory conservation in urban areas since last June.

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