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California Drought News: Farm supply, preparation among water users in SoCal, question of dams



A view below Friant Dam from March 2013. Restoration of the San Joaquin River below the dam, begun under a legal settlement a few years ago, nevertheless remains controversial, especially in this dry year.
A view below Friant Dam from March 2013. Restoration of the San Joaquin River below the dam, begun under a legal settlement a few years ago, nevertheless remains controversial, especially in this dry year.
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Monday's news says: Make sure your pets have enough water. It's going to be a hot one. First, a story of seeking supply.

Southern California, somewhat secure in its water this year, is focused on questions of demand.

Every one of them said the same thing [Richard Restuccia, the head of a major national landscaping firm, told Wilcox and Smith]. They had really spent what they wanted to on energy management, and spending more would not yield the results they wanted and they were turning their attention to water.
Transplants from the East Coast also brought their notions of landscaping with them to the West. The emerging middle class wanted lawns like the American aristocracy and the English gentry before them. (Sacramento Bee)

Several stories over the last several days around the state are tackling the question of water storage and its many forms.

About 32 percent of the 71 million acre-feet is used for agriculture and 10 percent for urban areas, according to the state Department of Water Resources' chief hydrologist, Maury Roos. About 35 percent of the total is reserved by law to help river ecosystems, wetlands and fisheries, and to maintain a healthy flow of water in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. That leaves about 21 percent of the total to flow out into the ocean without being used for anything, according to Roos' calculations. (SF Chronicle)

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