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Gov. Brown, Legislature push groundwater regulation

March 14th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi. This is Part 1 of a two-part series. Due to the current compound drought and water storage shortage, California legislators are considering enacting groundwater regulation over the entire Central Valley aquifer. Some recent developments: State Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, chairperson of the Water Committee of the California Senate, is considering legislation to do so. Pavley ...

Will ripping out home lawns conserve water?

March 12th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   During the first week of March, Mother Nature herself violated numerous calls by Gov. Jerry Brown and municipalities for home owners to conserve water -- by showering home lawns for several days. We can't stop Mother Nature. But cities now actually are pushing people to rip up their lawns. reported, "Cities across California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and N...

Drought: What’s the best way to save water and energy?

March 6th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   It is being widely touted in the media that water conservation obviously not only saves water but also saves energy.  Water is free, but the cost to capture, convey and treat it is not. It's worth asking, and answering: Which sector has the greatest potential for water energy conservation? Municipal water; Agricultural water; Environmental water. 1. Municipal water ...

High-speed rail: Where’s the money?

March 5th, 2014 By Kathy Hamilton. This is Part 3 of a three-part series on the new Draft 2014 Business Plan of the California High-Speed Rail Authority. Part 1 was about the questions raised by the plan. Part 2 was about California’s 3rd District Court of Appeal keeping the train chugging for now. The Godzilla roaring in the caboose of the High-Speed Rail project is: Where’s the money? The Draft 2014 Business ...
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