News Worth Noting: Two drought preparedness bills pass out of Committee; Senator Vidak to Serve on the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee; Forest Service withdraws groundwater directive; Report: Water use trends in the U.S.

WolkTwo drought preparedness bills pass out of Committee:Two water measures focused on saving water by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) passed out of committee yesterday.  Both bills received unanimous bipartisan support. These measures are part of a larger effort by Senator Wolk to improve water management, combat the effects of the drought and climate change in California, and conserve valuable water supplies.  SB 555, a measure that reduces the water loss from leaks and breaks in urban water suppliers’ distribution systems by requiring them to conduct annual water loss audits, was heard in Senate Natural Resources and Water and was passed out of the committee on an 8-0 vote.  “By requiring urban water suppliers to develop and set audit and performance standards, water agencies will be able to achieve effective water loss control and reduce water lost from leaks and breaks in distribution systems,” said Senator Wolk. … ”  Continue reading here: Two drought preparedness water bills pass out of Senate Committees

vidakSenator Vidak Appointed to Serve on the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee:The Senate Rules Committee today appointed State Senator Andy Vidak to serve on the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee.  “Many of the issues that come before the Natural Resources and Water Committee impact the Valley, and it’s important that the Valley’s voice is heard,” said Andy. Vidak also serves as vice chair of the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee, and serves as a member of the Senate Education Committee and the Senate Governmental Organization Committee.” (Source)


house nat res commForest Service groundwater directive: Proposed, on hold, stopped: “Today, during delivered testimony before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans, the U.S. Forest Service Deputy Chief Leslie Weldon announced the decision to permanently withdraw the Proposed Directive on Groundwater Management (Groundwater Directive) that was put on the table last year. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement in response:  “The Forest Service’s decision to pull the plug on the current Groundwater Directive is long overdue, and will finally put an end to the needless anxiety that this proposal caused. There was absolutely no justification for the Directive, and until that justification is made, there will be no Directive. State water management is primarily under the purview of the states and that’s precisely where it should stay. “I appreciate the Service taking our concerns about the motive of the program and the consequences of such an introduction seriously – and for making the right call.”  More here:  Forest Service groundwater directive: Proposed, on hold, stopped

pacific instituteReport: Water use trends in the U.S.:Total water use in the United States declined markedly in the five-year period ending in 2010, according to data released from the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Total water use in the U.S. is now lower than it was in 1970, despite continued population and economic growth. The Pacific Institute analyzes and explains the factors contributing to this positive news, while including a cautionary note, in a new report released today.  The Pacific Institute, an internationally-renowned independent think tank focused on water issues, reviewed the USGS’ most recent data collection, along with historical, national water use data. Remarkably, water use in 2010 was down in all sectors – agriculture, municipal and industrial, and thermoelectric power. … ”  Read more from the Pacific Institute here:  Water use trends in the U.S.


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