Amid the news yesterday that California’s snowpack, which supplies about a third of the state’s water, has almost completely vanished, Governor Jerry Brown ordered statewide cutbacks aimed at saving as much water as possible.
His order calls for cities and towns to cut water usage by 25 percent, while places like golf courses and cemeteries will be restricted in how much water they can use for their large landscapes. Local governments will also pull up 50 million square feet of lawns in lieu of drought-resistant plants and citizens will get rebates under a temporary program when they replace old, water-sucking appliances with newer, more efficient ones.
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Fiona Sanchez, Director of Water Resources for the Irvine Ranch Water District in Orange County.
Conner Everts, Co-Facilitator, Environmental Water Caucus, caucus of more than 30 grassroots organizations with a common interest in CA water issues
Patrick Cavanaugh, broadcaster with the California Ag Today Radio Network; managing editor of American Vineyard and California Dairy; editor of Vegetables West and Pacific Nut Producer magazines