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94 percent of Californians agree: The drought is serious. Now what do we do about it?

Monday, March 02, 2015
Here’s something almost every Californian can agree on:

We’re in a drought.

A Field Poll released Thursday found 94 percent of registered voters in California consider the state’s more than three-year water shortage to be at least “serious,” with a full 68 percent considering the situation “extremely serious.”

Read the full story here: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/water-652530-state-percent.html


Statewide Water Conditions and Preparing for a Dry 2015

Monday, March 02, 2015
We are looking at a fourth year of drought,” said Jeanine Jones, the Deputy Drought Manager for the Department of Water Resources as she kicked off the National Water Resources Institute Drought Response Workshop on February 25, 2015 in Irvine.

Read the full story here: http://mavensnotebook.com/2015/03/02/statewide-water-conditions-and-preparing-for-a-dry-2015/


Job Opportunity: Water Conservation Program Specialist

Santa Barbara County Water Agency

Friday, February 27, 2015

Job Vacancy for Public Works Program Specialist for Water Conservation, Santa Barbara County Water Agency

The Public Works Program Specialist is a member of a water conservation team within the Santa Barbara County Water Agency.  The Program Specialist helps to manage collaboratively the multi-agency Regional Water Efficiency Program (RWEP) for Santa Barbara County.  RWEP projects cover a range of best management practices, including: landscape efficiency, student education, public outreach efforts, residential and commercial water efficiency, rebate programs, drought planning, and other topics.  Information about RWEP programs can be found at our regional water efficiency website: www.WaterWiseSB.org. 

Applications must be submitted online by March 10, 2015.  For an official job description, or to apply, please visit the County’s Employment Resources webpage at:
 http://agency.governmentjobs.com/sbcounty/default.cfm or directly at http://bit.ly/1Ah6uhq.


February Drought Update: How Do Those Reservoirs Look?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
As expected, the big rains that have fallen in the northern half of California have boosted storage at the state’s principal reservoirs. So now we’re confronted with a glass half-full/half-empty proposition when we appraise how they’re looking.

Read the full story here: http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/12/15/its-raining-so-how-do-those-reservoirs-look


CA Natural Resources Agency releases draft water bond spending schedule, grant guidelines

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

From the California Natural Resources Agency:

"The California Natural Resources Agency today released a draft schedule detailing the benchmarks for the first year of the ten year expenditure period of the water bond (Proposition 1) that was passed by voters in November 2014. Also, draft guidelines for applications for grants made available by the bond will be available on the  Bond Accountability website  to assist grant-making organizations and applicants.

Read the full story here: http://mavensnotebook.com/2015/02/10/this-just-in-draft-water-bond-spending-schedule-grant-guidelines-released-california-water-action-plan-provides-investment-roadmap-for-bond-spending/

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