News Worth Noting: New PPIC publication on water, EBMUD teaches customers how to keep up with the water saving Jonses, and Huffman reintroduces bill to modernize Army Corps reservoir operations

PPIC logo goodCalifornia’s Future: Water:  The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) has released a multi-topic publication highlights California’s most pressing long-term policy challenges in 11 key areas, one of them being water.  The PPIC notes that California has made progress on water management, but population growth and climate change are likely to intensify the challenges and solutions will require difficult and sometimes costly tradeoffs.  Those challenges and solutions are detailed in this 6-page report:  California’s Future: Water

ebmud_logo-rgb-5inEBMUD teaches customers how to keep up with the water saving Joneses:  “Today, East Bay Municipal Utility District enrolled its 50,000th customer into its My Water Report program, a personalized report that shows how actual water consumption within each home compares to households of similar size and demographics.  EBMUD began the phased roll-out of the report last summer, which coincided with intense customer attention on water use because of the statewide drought. Last year was EBMUD’s fifth driest year on record and this winter’s rain and snowfall indicates a potentially dry 2015.  “Our customers are conservation-minded and don’t want to waste water. They want an answer to this basic question: ‘How efficient am I?’ With these reports we are able to provide individual feedback to customers about how they compare to other people like them,” said Manager of Water Conservation Richard Harris. … ”  Continue reading at EBMUD here:  EBMUD teaches customers how to keep up with the water saving Joneses

Jared_Huffman,_Official_portrait,_113th_CongressCongressman Jared Huffman reintroduces bill to modernize Army Corps reservoir operations:  “Following this weekend’s rainstorm in Northern California, Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) today reintroduced a bill last night to bring Army Corps of Engineers reservoir operations in line with modern science, save water, and help communities through extreme weather events, like droughts. … ““This weekend an atmospheric river finally brought much-needed rain to California and the North Coast. But because the Army Corps of Engineers relies on obsolete, 60-year-old manuals to govern its operation of reservoirs, this rainstorm may still force releases of reservoir water at Lake Mendocino and Lake Sonoma that we need to make it through the next drought year.  “This makes no sense. Reservoir operations should be based on modern science and weather forecasts, not antiquated rulebooks.  “My FORECAST Act would force the Army Corps of Engineers to update their manuals and prevent the untimely and wasteful release of water that our cities, farmers, and environment need to get through the dry months.””  Read the full statement here:  Rep. Jared Huffman Reintroduces Bill to Modernize Army Corps of Engineers Reservoir Operations

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