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The drought have been tough on wineries, but Tuesday’s severe weather added to the woes. Pea-sized hail ripped up fines at Fields Family Wines in Lodi, where the owner describes the damage as moderate to severe.
Plans include a statewide system where people can report neighbors or business owners who waste water. That system is expected to be up and running in the next few weeks.
The National Weather Service is saying they have fielded numerous reports of a funnel cloud in Sacramento.
Clyde Froehlich says the rain doesn’t put a damper on his online business, Blue Barrel Systems, where he sells do-it-yourself rain barrel kits. He says sales have shot up since Gov. Jerry Brown ordered a mandatory 25 percent cut in usage.
Our Easter Sunday storm dropped mainly .10 inch rain totals in the valley, with 7 inches of snow measured at Kingvale in the Sierra. Today we’re in a lull, with increasing clouds and breezes this afternoon, keeping us cool.
Greg Gayton has gardening down to a science. He says about two-thirds of the plants at the Sacramento nursery Green Acres are water-wise and growing more popular by the day.
She has a toilet and sink in one that she ordered from Japan fro about $100. While some say it sinks to a new low during the drought, she says it sometimes saves 10 gallons of water or more a day.
The state is urging people to cut back on watering to once a week to meet the 25 percent cutback goal, though most water districts will limit watering to two to three times a week and have customers find other ways to meet the goal.
State water officials will hand out rebates to replace lawns with drought-tolerant landscapes. But in Sacramento homeowners could face a fine if they put in artificial turf.
Silva decided against planting alfalfa and wheat this season. The lifelong farmer predicts if the drought persists, crops like tomatoes and alfalfa may at least be temporarily wiped out statewide because there isn’t enough water to go around.
The cost of keeping cows fed through a drought may be too costly for valley ranchers, but if more cows are sent to slaughter, it could drive up the price of beef.