As California and six other western states scramble to reach a deal to cut use of Colorado River water, what will the federal government do?
Officials discovered a leak in the 36-mile Upper Feeder pipeline, which delivers water from the Colorado River to Southern California, earlier this year.
Warning that the supply will shrink by 10% due to climate change, Newsom sets targets for recycled water and increased storage. But deadlines are distant, details are scant and there is no conservation mandate.
The water department’s Direct Install Gardens (DIG) program has already converted 16 low-income households’ lawns into drought-tolerant gardens for free.
Despite calls for conservation, the state’s water use went up dramatically in March—19% compared to the same month in 2020—and now Newsom is considering mandatory cutbacks.
The Coastal Commission voted unanimously to deny a permit for Poseidon Water to build a plant to produce 50 million gallons of water a day in Huntington Beach.
As the drought-stricken state burns, more and more firefighters are being asked to trade their normal routine of house fires and car wrecks for raging infernos tearing through rural communities.
Tuesday’s storm couldn’t wash away the long-term problem of a drought that scientists say is part of a warming and drying trend driven by climate change.
Newsom’s request is not an order, but it demonstrates the growing challenges of a drought that is expected to worsen throughout the summer and fall.