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.
The Central MWD Caucus begins its first meeting of 2014 with a look at the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). Richard Atwater, Executive Director of the Southern California Water Committee will be joining us as a keynote speaker to provide an update on recent developments of this long-term plan for California. The BDCP was prepared through extensive collaborative efforts to protect and restore the ecological health of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Last month, the EIR/EIS for the BDCP was made available for public review and comment, which will be open until April 14, 2014. In an effort for folks to learn more about the BDCP, open house events are being held throughout the state, click here for a list of the schedules.
The Central MWD Caucus is a partnership of three public agencies that include Central Basin MWD, Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD and the San Gabriel Valley MWD. Held monthly, stakeholders join us to participate in discussions and weigh-in on water issues that matter most to our area. The next meeting scheduled for Wednesday February 5, 2014 at 11:30 a.m., reserve your seat today!
Dry conditions are persisting throughout the state and continuing to develop from severe to extreme stages. With snowpack at very low levels, the state is positioned to face its third consecutive dry year.
Recent reports of the snow water content in the northern Sierras were measured at 2.3 inches. In comparison to reports during the same time and place last year, measurement results were 12.1 inches of water content – this year has experienced a significant drop in snow accumulation. Read the news release here on results of the first snow survey of 2014.
Conserving water continues to be increasingly important for Southern Californian’s – and now there are plenty of rebate resources available. As a member agency of the Metropolitan Water District, Central Basin Municipal Water District offers a wide variety of rebate programs for both residents and businesses.
Central Basin had an opportunity to interview Carolyn Schaffer of the Metropolitan Water District for a perspective on their agency’s approach towards sustaining future water supplies and how they are planning to meet their goals. Click here to view the video.
The environmental documents for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan are out! Earlier this week, a draft Environmental Impact Report and Environmental Impact Statement were made available for public review and comment starting now through April 2014. With seven years in the making, the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) has developed as a result of scientific research and input from stakeholders and public agencies across the state. The plan is important as the state moves forward in balancing water supply deliveries, reducing environmental stressors and restoring the Delta ecosystem.