Mandatory Watering Restrictions

April 8, 2015--One solution to California's drought: Tax water (Christian Science Monitor)

California desperately needs its residents and businesses to use less water. So rather than trying to curb water use through a complex maze of regulation, why not just raise the price though a new state-wide tax on all users? The idea is straight out of Economics 101: If you want people to do less of something, raise the price.

April 8, 2015--Water wars in California: Factory farms draining the state dry (Huff Post)

California Governor Jerry Brown has been talking tough about California's growing drought crisis. In January he declared a state of emergency saying, "I'm calling on all Californians to conserve water in every way possible," and just last week he announced that we are "in a new era" of drought severity.


April 7, 2015--Water conservation (Durango Herald)

Water conservation must have been the topic of conversation in California last week, as that state’s governor mandated a 25 percent reduction in water usage by municipalities and water districts, effective right now. That was after snowpack surveyors, used to standing amid 5 or 6 feet of snow in the Sierra Nevadas, this year walked across grassy slopes. California is in a jam.


April 5, 2015--California drought tests history of endless growth (New York Times)

 For more than a century, California has been the state where people flocked for a better life — 164,000 square miles of mountains, farmland and coastline, shimmering with ambition and dreams, money and beauty. It was the cutting-edge symbol of possibility: Hollywood, Silion Valley, aerospace, agriculture and vineyards.


April 3, 2015--Drought is just the start of California climate woes, says report backed by business heavyweights (Sacramento Business Journal)

California's coastal properties, water supplies, agricultural heartland and overall economy could take huge hits by 2050, and bigger ones later, unless we take "immediate action," warns a report backed by Tom Steyer, Henry Cisneros, Hank Paulson and Michael Bloomberg, among other business and policy honchos.


April 2, 2015--Colorado House votes to allow rainwater collection (Bloomberg Business)

Colorado’s House of Representatives has approved a bill that would end the nation’s only ban on homeowners collecting rainwater. If signed into law, the measure would allow for the personal collection of as much as 110 gallons.


April 2, 2015--Drought could push California to rethink water strategy (USA Today)

California's historic drought has thrown the state into crisis mode, but some experts hope it will force long-term improvements in how the state manages water. Gov. Jerry Brown announced California's first-ever mandatory water restrictions Wednesday, calling for a 25% reduction in water use and encouraging water districts to charge consumers more for excessive consumption.


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