After California’s driest three years on record, there have been few sounds as disturbing to water conservationists as the whisk-whisk-whisk of automatic lawn sprinklers kicking on directly behind TV reporters covering some of the state’s first heavy downpours in years.
Boreal didn’t even bother opening on Thursday as the winds were too powerful. But once the storm finally slowed, people were in a hurry to get up there.
Hydrologists are eagerly awaiting this Thursday’s storm to see how much water runoff can be saved during the drought, and some are already making plans for that water.
Colorado wants to ensure its farms, wildlife and rapidly growing cities have enough water in the decades to come. It’s pledging to provide downstream states every gallon they’re legally entitled to, but not a drop more.
A new federal report says you can’t blame man-made global warming for the devastating California drought.
Heavy downpours triggered flash floods that temporarily stranded more than three dozen people in their cars in inland Riverside County.
A Granite Bay home CBS13 came upon had flooded after a nearby pond overflowed and expanded into the neighborhood. Fire crews worked into the night with pumps trying to clear the water from the front of the home.
The California Water Resources Board says residents aren’t making the effort to conserve for the second straight month. In October, residents cut water use by just seven percent, compared to a 12 percent reduction in August.
Gov. Jerry Brown this year initiated new laws to start managing underground water in California, the last Western state to take such steps. But the plans could take years to be developed, officials said.
Californians are losing ground in a state goal to cut water use by 20 percent in the drought.
Sacramento will speed up the city-wide installation of water meters at homes and businesses — hoping to beat a state-mandated 2025 deadline by five years.
“Were expecting Mother Nature to cooperate,” she said. “We’d really like to have that, but we have a state-of-the-art snowmaking system and to get us open today it took a huge effort.”