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Agricultural Food Exports Use a Lot of Water

When examining the issue of water shortages and water usage, most of the emphasis is on domestic utilization. Rarely is the issue posed in terms of the impact of trade on water usage. However, such an analysis poses an alternative, and interesting, methodology to think about and examine water utilization...

House Passes California Water Bill Over Governor Brown's Objections

HOUSE PASSES CA WATER BILL OVER BROWN'S OBJECTIONS: The ongoing drought in California has sparked yet another new skirmish in the longstanding war between the Golden State's pro-environmental forces and its pro-business agricultural interests. Last Wednesday, the Republican-controlled U.S. House...

New Report Concludes Water Will Impact Business Growth

A new report "Bridging Concern with Action: Are U.S. Companies Prepared for Looming Water Challenges?" by VOX Global and Pacific Institute concludes 60% of companies surveyed believe water is poised to affect business growth and profitability within five years. In addition, more than 80% say...

CA Drought/New Water Supply Reports

The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) recently issued a new report titled "2014 Drought: Impacts and Strategies for Resilience" for building a statewide water management system more resilient to drought. At the same time, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Pacific Institute...

California State Water Resources Control Board Issues Drought Regulations Restricting Certain Water Uses and Ordering Curtailments in Several Watersheds

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, California is experiencing severe to exceptional drought conditions. Twice in 2014, California Governor Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, Jr. has issued proclamations regarding the State of Emergency related to the drought. The proclamations addressed water conservation...

Planning For Drought and Drinking Water In Ontario

By Meredith James Climate change is worsening flooding but it will also bring faster spring runoffs, hotter summers, more evaporation and droughts. What will that mean for Ontario’s drinking water supply? Source water protection committees are trying to plan ahead. According to the Minister...

California Governor Issues Drought Emergency Proclamation for 25-Percent Urban Water Conservation

On April 1, 2015, California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. issued an Executive Order to address the significant drought conditions in the state. This Alert provides a summary of the key measures, which are effective immediately. 25-percent urban water conservation target statewide is in effect...

Water Scarcity—Important Developments

By E. Lynn Grayson While much progress has been made in the U.S. to address water quality since the first Earth Day in 1970, increasingly the critical issue of the day is water quantity and specifically sufficient availability of safe water for everyone. According to the World Water Council, 1 in...

State Net Capitol Journal – Deepening California Drought Poses Several Challenges

After years of magical thinking about rains that rarely came, California agencies are struggling to combat the state’s prolonged drought through myriad mandates, restrictions and development of alternative sources of water. They have a long way to go. Responding to a fourth year of drought that...