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California Drought News: Abundance abounds? Plus, making money on water

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Monday's drought news wonders, is this what earthquake weather means?

  • The East's paper of record takes on the West's drought, with the thesis that Texas, Colorado, Arizona and California have "always scrapped" over water, but now it's serious:
“We’re very close to the time that people are going to start staking out rights. We’re right at the cusp,” [said Stuart Somach, a Sacramento water-rights lawyer]. “If this drought persists, depending on how state and federal agencies react, you’re going to get some real conflicts going.” (NYT)
  • Tony Perry looks at Imperial county's water abundance, connected to the fact that Imperial and California have top-dog status on the Colorado River. (LAT)
  • Water conservation programs in San Gabriel Valley offer incentives first, penalties later, and Olympic-style prices. (Daily News)
  • Some California cities are seeking water independence, including Long Beach, Camarillo and Santa Monica, the last of which has a goal to rely solely on local water supplies by 2020:
Santa Monica officials estimate that rain harvesting, low-flow toilets and other conservation measures save the city about $326,000 per year. If the city becomes self-sufficient by 2020 as planned mainly by tapping groundwater, it is expected to save $3 million per year. (AP)
  • The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is making contingency plans to spend $10 million for the purpose of tapping Lake Eleanor and Cherry Reservoir for drinking water. (SFGate)
  • California drought spawns opportunity, as investors look to utilities, infrastructure companies and treatment companies to make money. (SFGate)
  • Cinematographer J. C. Myers interviewed Michelle Sneed, a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, about a "sinking California." Sneed says "California is one of the last few [states] that really have very little groundwater regulations." (Vimeo)
  • And sure the governor asked all of us to cut water use by 20 percent, but he didn't mean me, right? The San Joaquin County, central valley town of Manteca used more water than normal last month. (CBS 13 Sacramento)

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