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Scientists see shrinking California snowpack as a harbinger

Friday, January 30, 2015

State workers performed a California winter ritual Thursday, poking hollow aluminum tubes into Sierra Nevada meadows to measure the snowpack. In what scientists see as a harbinger, they didn't find much.

"We will conceivably see more years like this in the future," said geologist Jeffrey Mount, a senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California.

Read the full story here: http://www.latimes.com/science/la-me-snowpack-20150130-story.html


Turf Removal Programs: Council Data Request!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Dear Council Members, 

The Council has been working to compose a 'Turf Removal Program: Lessons Learned' report. This report will share the challenges and joys of turf removal programs as well as strategies to help design and implement effective programming.

Please join your fellow water agencies in contributing to the on-going data collection by filling out this sheet to the best of your agency’s ability and sending it to landscape@cuwcc.org
. Upon submission, in addition to a note conveying our heart-felt gratitude, you will receive a request for a 30-minute phone call during which time we will solicit your anecdotal program insights.

Thank you in advance for your valuable contributions! The report will be available to Council members upon completion.


EPA WaterSense H2Otel Recruitment Rally

Monday, January 26, 2015

EPA WaterSense is excited to continue the H2Otel Challenge through 2015! EPA launched the WaterSense H2Otel Challenge in February 2014 to encourage hotels to ACT: assess water use and savings opportunities, change products or processes to incorporate best management practices, and track their water-saving progress and achievements.

WaterSense needs help spreading the word about the H2Otel Challenge and is counting on our partners to encourage hotel customers in their service area to implement water efficiency best management practices. WaterSense is hosting a Recruiting Rally from February 1 to June 1, 2015 to incentivize this outreach. Any organization or individual can recruit hotels to sign up for WaterSense's H2Otel Challenge, but only WaterSense promotional partners are eligible to earn a top recruiter prize.

You can sign up now to recruit hotels and to access helpful recruitment materials on our partner website. To learn more, visit the H2Otel Challenge page!


Every Flush You Take

Friday, January 23, 2015
The rain is battering away at a conference room window in downtown San Francisco as Peter Yolles, the founder of WaterSmart, tells me how his company is making a business out of convincing people to consume less water.

After three years of a historically unprecedented drought in California, I had come up with what I thought would be a great idea for a tech story. Silicon Valley innovations are supposed to be all about changing the world and improving people’s lives, right? But what, I wanted to know, was it doing about one of the world’s biggest looming problems: the challenge of supplying enough clean, fresh water for a thirsty, thirsty world?
 

Read the full story here: https://medium.com/backchannel/conserving-water-with-software-and-shame-3a846c01b811


Building Sponge City: Redesigning LA For Long-Term Drought

Friday, January 23, 2015

For thousands of years, city planners have engineered water into submission — think aqueducts.

"That's really the core of modern water infrastructure," says David Sedlak, the author of Water 4.0. "It's the ancient idea that the Romans gave us. Collecting water somewhere on the outskirts of the city, sending it with gravity into the city, and then when we're done with it, we put it back underground in a sewer and send on its way."

Read the full story here: http://www.npr.org/2015/01/22/378844314/building-sponge-city-redesigning-la-for-long-term-drought?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=aroundthenation

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