Since the 1960’s, the Colorado River used to be known as the longest and largest river that never flowed to the ocean – not anymore. As a result of an agreement between the United States and Mexico in November 2013, plans to release more than 100,000 acre-feet of water have been years in the making.
Spring has arrived with Earth Day celebrations happening all around us! Celebrated annually, Earth Day occurs on April 22 with events held all over the world to demonstrate support in protecting our environment. It was first officially recognized in 1970 and coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network,The Spirit of the First Earth Day that began in 1970 is described on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s website.
Central Basin is excited to be part of several events located throughout our service area. For some, these celebrations have already started – here’s a short list of scheduled events: Read the rest of this entry »
World Water Day was established at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992. Held annually on March 22, specific aspects surrounding our most precious resource of water is highlighted. This year’s theme is centered around raising awareness on the water & energy nexus and the importance of managing sustainable freshwater resources.
The 2014 Water Development Report describes how energy is needed at all stages of water distribution and treatment and that the demand for freshwater and energy will continue to increase significantly over the coming decades. As a result of population growth, total energy consumption is six times what it was in 1950 and is projected to grow by as much as 55% by 2030. Food production may need to grow by 70% which will require more water. However, by the year 2025 two in every three countries will be water stressed and more than 2 billion people would face water scarcity.
Energy consumption is reduced with water conservation efforts. Decisions made today about how to increase energy production will determine the sustainability of freshwater resources tomorrow. Visit their facebook page for more information.
Arbor Day is dedicated to increasing awareness of the many benefits trees provide as natural resources. In celebration of Arbor Day, several events have been organized throughout our community to recognize the importance of trees, along with tree planting activities and programs. California Arbor Week is typically recognized during the second week of March. During this time of year, this is an opportunity to recognize the importance and many benefits that trees provide for our environment.
Central Basin recently celebrated this occasion with the City of Whittier, who has been recognized as an official Tree City and are the recipient of a Tree City USA award for the 30th consecutive year from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Forestry Division. In 1972, President Richard Nixon designated the last Friday of April a National Arbor Day. Click here for resources and ideas with a countdown to celebrate the National Arbor Day on April 25th.
No doubt, California is in a drought. Recent rain and snow storms are welcomed, but the state’s water supply conditions are still challenging. Governor Brown has made a call to all Californian’s to conserve our water use by 20%, in an effort for the state to survive this year’s drought and to make conservation a way of life. One simple and effective way to start saving several gallons of water, is to change outdoor landscapes. With grass being a very thirsty plant, many other options are available that can enhance landscape aesthetics with minimal care. Read the rest of this entry »
After experiencing two consecutive dry years in 2012 and 2013, California now has entered 2014 in a drought. However, unlike historical drought conditions, this year the state is under severe conditions.
The life of Colorado River has been stretched to its fullest with challenges responding to drought conditions and developments with restoration efforts of the Salton Sea. However, successful historic and collaborated efforts were accomplished between the U.S. and Mexico with the Minute 319 Treaty Agreement. Below is a brief summary of these conditions the Colorado River is facing:
Lake Powell experienced the driest two-year period on record during 2012 and 2013. The Colorado River basin is experiencing a chronic shortage due to natural flows along with a short-term problem of the current drought conditions. Additinally, Lake Mead’s natural flow patterns are projected to drop about 20 feet during 2014. An informative piece on this river rcently ran in the New York Times.Read the rest of this entry »
Experience the beauty of gardening with California native plants. There are several options to choose from that include vibrant succulent plants, attractive groundcover and blooming flowering natives. Additional features could also include synthetic turf or permeable hardscapes as a walking pathway.
Earlier this month, Governor Brown released his projected budget for fiscal year 2014-15. The budget reflects an improved economic climate in the State of California. A balance of $4.2 billion from 2013-14, along with revenues of $104.5 billion in 2014-15 is assumed. Expenditures are estimated at $106.8 billion with a $1.9 billion reserve. The budget also includes over $11 million in debt reduction. Also of note is that the budget makes a deposit of $1.6 billion into the state’s Rainy Day Fund and pays off the Economic Recovery Bonds from 2004. Additionally, the budget proposes a constitutional amendment to strengthen California’s Rainy Day Fund. Read the rest of this entry »
Central Basin continues its after school program for students to participate in Think Water! It’s Magic – exclusively for elementary students. For several years, this program has educated students about our limited water availability and how important it is to conserve water. Central Basin has several award winning education programs, developed for all age groups from kindergarten through high school. Through innovative partnerships, Central Basin has developed environmental education programs that help teachers to teach and students to learn in a fun, hands-on manner. From field trips to traveling tide pools, environmental education couldn’t be more fun and exciting! All programs are free for schools located within Central Basin’s service area. For more information on each of the different education programs, click here.